Reading and Screening at the Murnau Foundation

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As a part of the F.W. Murnau Foundation’s new series “Film trifft Buch” (Movie Meets Book), I will read from Kino, followed by a conversation with me and Andrea Wink and a screening of Helmut Käutner’s 1945 film Under the Bridgeson February 1.

The F.W. Murnau Foundation, located in Wiesbaden,  preserves and restores Germany’s film heritage, and I’m thrilled to be presenting Kino in their beautiful new theater, followed by one of my favorite German films.

For details, please see the Murnau Foundation’s site, a pdf of their program, or the event’s Facebook page.

Fictionaut on Mashable

Mashable, “the top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture,” profiled Fictionaut for their Spark of Genius series, which highlights unique startups.

What makes Fictionaut special is both the superb quality of the work (see Jane Hammon’s “Making It Right,” for instance) and the community itself. The network has thus far attracted roughly 2,500 emerging and established writers (including names like T.C. Boyle, Ann Beattie, Frederick Bathelme and Robert Olen Butler), readers, editors, agents and various literary magazines and small presses, who have collectively shared about 10,000 pieces of short fiction. The community is thoughtful, supportive and non-competitive; individuals seem to be genuinely interested in each other’s work, not just broadcasting their own — a rare achievement for any sizable online community these days.

Read the entire article.

Flannel Pajamas

Dullsville. In Jeff Lipsky’s story of a marriage, talk talk talk does not add up to plot or character. Justin Kirk and Julianne Nicholson play thoroughly unremarkable people doing thoroughly unremarkable things; then they break up. Occasional gestures toward kitchen sink realism are undermined by clumsy, overwritten dialogue that doesn’t go anywhere and leaves us feeling nothing. Who are these people, and who cares? Justin Kirk is wasted; Flannel Pajamas is 124 minutes long.

Flannel Pajamas. Jeff Lipsky, 2006. *