Open Letters Monthly, August 2010

The best thing about the beginning of August, other than having survived July, is that the new Open Letters Monthly is up!

This issue leads off with some considerations on the art and craft of adaptation:
Amardeep Singh and John G. Rodwan, Jr. each look at the subject of film adaptations from literature (Singh’s contains my quote of the week, from a Bookforum article by Dutch author Tim Krabbé: “As the goat said after it had eaten a few reels of film, ‘I like the book better.'”);
Amelia Glaser takes on Peter Stein’s 12-hour theater adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Demons;
Adam Golaski is in the process of translating—and thus adapting (“I call my translation Green to indicate that my project is different from the project of its previous translators; i.e., I’m not just translating the poem. I take liberties. I add and subtract”)—Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He’s publishing the first fitt (it is a word: Old English for section of a song) of Green for the first time here, and also shares his thoughts on the process and his true feelings about J.R.R. Tolkien;
and Andrew Warner takes a look at Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger’s film Restrepo, based on Junger’s book War.

Then there’s an array of Edwards:
Steve Donoghue on Seymour Phillips’ Edward II;
Finch Bronstein-Rasmussen on Emma Campion’s The King’s Mistress (the King in question being Edward III);
Honoria St. Cyr on The Edwardian Sense: Art, Design, and Performance in Britain, edited by Morna O’Neill and Michael Hart (that would be Edward VII).
And on the same side of the pond, in between the second and seventh, there is Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth, written by Charles Beauclerk and reviewed by Garrett Handley.

Also:
Irma Heldman on two of Nicola Upson’s Josephine Tey mysteries: An Expert in Murder and Angel with Two Faces;
Megan Kearns on Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy’s examination of the choices involved in “what makes some animals dinner and others not”;
Max Ross on Alberto Manguel’s essay collection, A Reader on Reading;
Kevin Mullins on Charles Bowden’s Murder City: Ciudad Juárez and the Global Economy’s News Killing Fields;
Karen Vanuska on My Life as a Russian Novel: A Memoir by Emmanuel Carrère, translated by Linda Coverdale;
and, pushing zombies briefly out of the spotlight, Khalid Ponte on Curse of the Full Moon, a werewolf anthology edited by James Lowder.

For this month’s short novel, Ingrid Norton takes a look at Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, from 1972.
In her On the Scent column, Elisa Gabbert talks about the good stuff and what it’s really worth in The Smell of Money.
And for this month’s dose of poetry, a piece by Stephen Sturgeon: Gourmand.

The lead image is of Adam Golaski’s draft notes for Green—“+ all engraved in green were gracious work.”

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