IN UNDERTAKING to describe the recent and strange incidents in our industry, well known but rarely understood, I find' myself forced in absence of literary skill to begin my story rather far back, that is to say, with certain biographical details concerning that talented and highly-esteemed Madame, Mirand Priestly (nee Miriam Princhek).. I trust that these details may at least serve as an introduction, while my projected story itself will come later.
I will say at once that Mirand Priestly had always filled a particular role at Runway, that of editor and chief exorciator, so to say, and she was passionately fond of playing the part—so much so that I really believe she could not have existed without it. Not that I would put her on a level with an actor at a theatre, God forbid, for I really have a respect for her. This may all have been the effect of habit, or rather, more exactly of a dreadful propensity she had from her earliest years for indulging in a frightful but satisfying daydream in which she figured as an aristocratic and commanding public character. She fondly loved, for instance, her position as a "powerful" figure and, so to speak, a "sophisticate.” There is a sort of fabulous glamour about those two little words that fascinated her once for all and, exalting her gradually in her own opinion, raised her in the course of years to a lofty pedestal very gratifying to vanity.
Set in pre-"No Man's Land" Gotham, the novel (and subsequent stage play) is based upon the stories of Robert Kane.
Edward Nygma is a costumed villain coping with a host of problems;
- A world unware of his mental prowess
- The day-to-day problems of super villainy
- His cantakerous henchmen
- City sanctioned violence in the form of the Batman
The classic horror tale of Jean Valjean wrongly imprisoned and tortured by his most devoted fan. A rousing ending where the citizens of a small New England town take to the streets armed with pitchforks and ski poles provides the needed catharsis for this epic novel. This publication coincides with the film release starring Gerald Depardieu and Kathy Bates.
Portrait of a Lady as a Young Man
Henry James’ comedy of manners follows a cross-dressing prostitute in the streets of Dublin. Inventive stream-of-consciousness writing style marked the beginning of a new genre in literature and made the words “moo-cow” and “girlyman” part of the modern lingo.
Scarlet Letter to a Christian Nation
Provocative author Sam Harris challenges his audience in this audacious sequel to his best-seller The End of Keeping Faith. In this scorching essay, Harris proposes that all Christians wear an embroidered red letter ‘C’ on their chests so that the non-believers and “generally sane” people can quickly identify those who are “irrational, ignorant, and intolerant bigots.” Sure to be on every neighborhood book club’s reading list.
Can I ask you something, Dean? Sal said.
Are we Beat?
Sometimes. Not now.
And we're still going west.
So we'll be hip.
Nothing. Just dig.
I'm going to blow out this reefer stick. Is that okay?
Yes. That's okay.
Adam and Eve, recently expelled from Eden, go on a massive 3 day bender!
If Ray Milland plays the role of Adam and Jane Wyman assumes the role of Eve, does the proverbial snake than play Howard Da Silva's part as the bartender? Talk about temptation! The apple then becomes a tumbler of whisky?
Bosch reopens an investigation into the whereabouts of a missing boy with a peculiar scar on his forehead.
Who is the boy?
Has he been abducted?
Why can't Bosch locate the boy's parents?
And what's a Hogwarts and could it be a clue?
Dr. Spenser and Mr. Hawk solve crimes in downtown Boston while attempting to control their own inner demons.
Though never actually seen together, Spenser and Hawk are reported to be two separate people, but are they?
Susan Silverman, Spenser's love interest and a lawyer by trade, has become wary of her beau. His violent outbursts are becoming more frequent and who is this Mr. Hawk character he keeps talking about?
When Mr. Hawk is accused of trampling a small girl, it's up to Spenser and Silverman to solve this convoluted crime. How will this one play out?
The whimsical adventures of absent-minded inventor Wallace and his trusty dog, Gromit are cut short when SKYNET achieves sentience. Will the intrepid inventor and his crafty canine be able to thwart SKYNET's deadly cyborgs and save the human race?
Starring Peter Sallis and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Amir comes riding into Kabul wearing a fur fez just like the one Hamid Karzai wears, thinking, "I have come from California: a fur piece. All the way from Marin County a-walking. A fur piece." Now a successful novelist, Amir, in his fur piece, has returned to the country of his youth after receiving an enigmatic phone call advising him that there is a way to atone for his betrayal of his loyal childhood companion Joe Christmas, the harelipped kite runner, who in his mad flight to retrieve an imaginary kite, embraced death, entering "the street which ran for thirty years." "The whiskey died away in time and was renewed and died again, but the street ran on. From that night the thousand streets ran as one street...The street ran into Oklahoma and Missouri and as far south as Mexico and then back north to Chicago and Detroit and then back south again and at last to Mississippi..." That's one loyal servant!
When the movie adaptation of "Q & A," Vikas Swarup's picaresque novel about Mumbai street urchins strikes gold at the box office, he and his publisher are lured to Harpo Studios in Chicago, ostensibly to participate in a panel discussion entitled "Truth in India," but really for the purpose of slicing, dicing, and forcing him to confess to a bunch of NY Times book critics just how he "cheated," because, after all, they had dismissed his novel three years earlier in a perfunctory one-paragraph review by Elsa Dixler.
A group of American expatriates settles in a quiet Mexican village, where they enjoy spacious adobe houses and the tolerance of the natives but eschew the larger crustacean food sources after investigating the ethics of boiling a creature alive in order to enhance their own gustatory pleasure.