Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Literary Blogpourri

Is it me, or as Robert Crais gets older...

...he looks more and more like Robert Forester?

Except for the eyes, of course.

What, Max Cherry, no Pinocchio clock?

Proud mama Patti Abbott posted the upcoming UK cover for her daughter's novel "Die A Little"

I'm terrible at Six Differences and most of the time if I am real lucky, I'll get five.

My first impression was that the British cover turned the original painting into an exterior shot. Uh, wrong. My next mistaken impression was the Brit cover was much further away than it actually was.

Patti pointed out that they changed the font and coloring of those letters. The UK font really belongs on an action comic cover. The original font gives the cover dignity and a proper vintage feel.

The one thing that I did note correctly was that lightened the cover more than a couple of shades. Dammit, it's neo-noir, how can they take the scuro out of the chiaroscuro? Che cazzate.

Christian Slater has a show coming up on NBC in the fall and he says...

"Let's see, I'm essentially playing two very distinct characters - Henry Spivey and Edward Albright. Henry is an everyman. He's got two kids, goes to work, regular. Edward Albright works for this top secret government organization. He's an operative, and Edward knows about Henry. Henry doesn't know about Edward, but the implant that's been put in his brain begins to malfunction, and the two personalities begin to merge, which is what happens in the first episode."

Note that the Dr. Jekyl half of Slater's character has the last name "Spivey." So I would say, "Uh, NBC? Change the Edward Albright character to Drexl Spivey and you have yourself a loyal viewer, right here. Not really, but it would mean that I would watch more episode than I originally would have.

"True Romance" is my favorite Tarantino script and certainly outside of Jackie Brown, his most Leonard-like script of all. Also note that this is the sole Drexl image I could find on the web, I'm going to have to learn how to vidcap one day.


pattinase (abbott) said...

It seems like outside because they lightened the ceiling, I think.

Cormac Brown said...


I tell you what, take the jpegs and do a side-by-side comparison. Not only is the background lighter, Lora's face is definitely lighter, as well as the foreground (ever so slightly).

Bubs said...

My old partner (died in 1995 of a massive heart attack) had a little dog named Drexl after the True Romance character. It will be good to see Slater doing some work for a larger audience again.

You're right about True Romance. What a great script.

Are you a Robert Crais fan? My bride got me reading the Elvis Cole stories a while ago. I always wanted to be Joe Pike but I'm not nearly cool enough. I understand he's written a Joe Pike novel but I haven't read it yet.

Cormac Brown said...


I'm sorry to hear about your partner.

That's a great name for a dog and if we ever get a house, I think I'll go with that name.

What's weird is hearing Christian doing voiceovers for cartoons, Panasonic and that online car sales service. He's really toned down the Nicholson tone in his voice and it's almost like somebody gave him a lobotomy.

A True Romance fan and a Crais fan? Sir, your taste is exceptional. My Missus got me into him too and Crais is like Connelly in that he can do no wrong in my book.

The Joe Pike book doesn't quite work for me even though I enjoyed it, only because he had too much dialogue. Check out Crais' turn at doing Phillip Marlowe story, you'll dig it.

James said...

You musta thought it was white boy day. It ain't white boy day, is it?

I LOVE that movie...although to be truthful, I must confess that I love the movie. The script is great too, but I am glad that Tony Scott decided to tell it in a linear fashion rather than QT's normal "all over the place" story order.

I guess what I'm saying is that if QT had made it instead of Tony Scott, I would have liked it a whole lot less.

Cormac Brown said...


It was one of the few times that Tony Scott's instinct was better than anyone else's and I have done him a disservice by not mentioning his contributions.

His ending was better was much better than Tarantino's (QT admitted as much) and though as a writer, I could've lived with the story out of sequence, it certainly made for greater enjoyment.