How To Turn a Lesbian Cult Classic Novel Into an Acclaimed Film: Carol Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy

Rich Juzwiak · 11/20/15 11:41AM

Todd Haynes’s Carol is simple, elegant, and devastating. It tells a story of pre-Stonewall gay love between two women, who become what they are using no specific societal blueprint (none existed for lesbians in the ‘50s), but through their love for each other. Carol (Cate Blanchett) is a mother going through a divorce who happens upon Therese (Rooney Mara), a younger shopgirl in her 20s, and is immediately enchanted. What ensues is a love story that is told with tenderness, pacing, and melodrama that evokes the era depicted in the film. Sometimes it shouldn’t even work—like when during an emotional peak between Carol and Therese, it starts snowing out of nowhere—but it always does, thanks to the tremendous directing, writing, and performances of everyone involved. Carol is, simply, one of the year’s finest movies and its final shot is among the most indelible I’ve ever seen. This movie imprints itself on you, and what’s more, you want it to.

Stop Saying "The Novel is Dead"

Michelle Dean · 05/06/14 03:25PM

Last Friday in the Guardian, the novelist Will Self declared the novel dead, inert, lifeless, kaput. Self himself (whoa) tries to hedge his bold headline, but it still leaves him sounding like a much more verbose Jonathan Franzen. Also: he's wrong.

'Things as Bad as Hitler' and More of the Most Cringe-Worthy Posts from National Novel Writing Month

Max Read · 11/12/12 05:31PM

We're now 12 days into "National Novel Writing Month," the annual event in which thousands of people, encouraging and guiding each other online, pledge to write entire novels over the course of November. The official "NaNoWriMo" forums are abuzz with encouragement and advice, testifying to the power of group support in achieving your goals. They are also filled with some of the worst ideas you will read in your entire life.

Britney Spears to Pen Novel About Girl Who Is Exactly Like Britney Spears But Has a Different Name

Caity Weaver · 11/06/12 05:28PM

Was your main beef with Britney and Lynne Spears' 2001 novel A Mother's Gift that it eventually drew to a close, rather than continuing on for an infinite number of pages, seemingly writing itself even as you read on, forever adding new chapters to the lives of musically gifted teenager Holly Lovell and her birthmarked mother, Wanda, whose "ugly red scar on the side of her face...makes people who don't know her turn away"?

Watch 50 Classic Novels Get Spoiled in Four Minutes

Matt Cherette · 09/06/10 06:40PM

Do you want to be able to discuss the endings of 50 classic novels, but can't spend the time it takes to read all of them? If so, then it's your lucky day! 50 endings. Four minutes. Be spoiled, inside.

The Lauren Conrad Reading List

Richard Lawson · 01/29/10 10:48AM

After the loss of two celebrated writers this week — Howard Zinn and J.D. Salinger — it's easy to feel like there's nobody left. But there is! Lauren Conrad, Hills star and author. And now she's sharing her favorite books.

Can Bonnet Porn Save Publishing?

Hamilton Nolan · 09/09/09 09:15AM

Jesus Christ, do you have any idea how much money there is to be made in the Amish porn business? Lots. And by "Amish porn" we mean "Devilish books in which a lady feels a certain tingle beneath her bonnet."