May 31, 2006

Updike on Terror

Filed under: books, movies, music, web — ted @ 1:31 pm

Judging from today's profile in the Times, John Updike's Terrorist (which comes out on June 6) will be rather lame. Check out this description of his mode of preparation:

For his new novel, "Terrorist," [Updike] ventured onto the Web to research bomb detonators. He was fairly certain, he remarked recently during an interview in Boston, that the only detonator he could recall — the one that Gary Cooper plunges in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" — must be out of date, but he was also reassured to discover, as he put it, that "the Internet doesn't like you to learn too much about explosives."

While working on the book, Mr. Updike, now 74, white-haired, bushy-browed and senatorial-looking, also risked suspicion by lingering around the luggage-screening machines at La Guardia Airport, where he learned that the X-rays were not in black and white, as he had imagined, but rather in lurid colors: acid green and red.

And he hired a car and a driver to take him around some of the seedier neighborhoods in Paterson, N.J., and to show him some churches and storefronts that had been converted into mosques. "He did his best, but I think I puzzled him as a tour customer," Mr. Updike said.

Updike sounds like he is setting himself up for failure — he's way too old to write this book. Riding around in the backseat of a car, looking at bad neighborhoods? Please.

Thom Yorke of Radhiohead is working on a solo album, the eraser. It looks like this:

m3 online
has three tracks for download.

Philebrity is reporting that the Flaming Lips will be headlining a free festival at the Festival Pier on July 16.

Saving Face Forum has lots of pictures of Tobey Maguire on the set of Spiderman 3. Most of them aren't worth looking at–but check out the black symbiote suit under Tobey's shirt:

I also wonder if this over-the-forhead hairstyle isn't indicative of his transformation.

Finally, two great websites for you to check out:

  • We Feel Fine. This is too incredible. I haven't explored sufficiently yet. In the meantime, Monkey Bites explains.
  • Stalkerati. Attention fear-mongerers: this is funny. Please do not write to your congressperson.

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