I became intrigued with Lionel Shriver after hearing her talk about her novel We Need to Talk About Kevin on the BBC Book Club. Bought it, but haven't cracked it yet; however, think I might wait until after I see the upcoming film, which stars Tilda Swinton. She's a great actress who uses her mainstream clout to promote indie films, of which this is one. Roger Ebert (who is on my blog roll) posted a fascinating interview with Swinton from the Toronto Film Festival, in which she discusses the role and many other things in a typically intelligent fashion. The trailer for the film appears below. (BTW, we have another excellent book by Shriver, The Post-Birthday World.)
Icon #2 is Madonna, a karma chameleon who has crested the waves of style for the past 30 years. In a feature that could be titled "The morphing of Madonna," howtobearetronaut.com blasts through her looks, year by year.