On The Books: Jon Cryer's Memoir from 'Pretty in Pink' to 'Two and A Half Men'
Jon Cryer is writing a memoir, and I hope he makes it a diary from the perspective of Duckie. I would snap that book up. Sounds like Cryer has the right attitude about it though: “In these times of truly global crisis when fear is outracing hope, I think we can all be grateful that the guy who played Duckie in Pretty in Pink is writing a book. It’ll be filled with just what you’d expect from me; juicy tidbits on international monetary policy, catty comments regarding agriculture in Central Asia and of course, forbidden anecdotes about stamp collecting. And maybe I’ll talk about Charlie Sheen.”
The Paris Review “interviewed” Thomas Pynchon (on April Fool’s Day) and respectfully opened with the question what does it feel like to be considered paranoid? His answer: Preferable to being considered a recluse. Honestly Pynchon is so inscrutable and kooky that this could be a real exchange. But the Review also “interviewed” Cormac McCarthy and his advice for aspiring writers was simple: “Towelettes. Moist towelettes.”
April Fools really screws with me, but I’m pretty sure this bit of news is real: Russell Brand is writing children’s books. He’s rewriting fairytale to be exact, starting with The Pied Piper. “Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed to those present exactly like now, except their teeth weren’t so clean, and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin,” writes Brand. If this is for real, I like it. [The Guardian]
Speaking of fairy tales, this week is Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, so try your hand at this quiz on Andersen trivia. The Guardian makes these pretty tricky! Danggit.
Stylish glasses-maker and hipster magnet Warby Parker put together a literary map of the Upper East Side in celebration of their new store and had the brilliance to include From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. I wonder how many kids a year try to spend a night in the Met Museum?
Also, in case you were feeling behind on your “intelligent reading” Open Culture made a list of books every intelligent person should read (Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations), which was made less annoying by the fact that they included links to free e-books of each. Coincidentally, The New York Times asked two writers what books were the first they felt they should read growing up. Their answers were The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Brothers Karamazov and “I’m interested in the idea of ‘should’ as an auxiliary verb applied to anything other than treating others with kindness and respect, paying taxes and the consumption of leafy green vegetables.” So there you have it folks. What are you reading today and what do you think you should be reading to look/feel smarter?