Friday, November 4, 2011

Two icons

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," blasts through her looks, year by year.


  1. Lionel Shriver---she's amazing, overwhelmingly accomplished and nuanced. So good in fact that I could barely read, 'We Have to Talk about Kevin'; I can only begin to imagine what it takes to write such a book. The film may be hard to watch as the book is so harrowing.

  2. When I read it, at least I know I have you to talk about it with!