Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Coen Brothers, Beer, and Other Things

I've read From Beer to Maternity to review for The Internet Review of Books, and I was able to secure an email interview with the book's author, Maggie Lamond Simone to be featured in conjunction with the review.

How can anyone interview a humor writer without discussing "What's funny?" With that the conversation turned to types of humor, which in turn led us to the Coen Brothers and their films, particularly Raising Arizona.

All this bubbled up again this morning when I heard a report from Mike Evans on our local radio station, KGBX that the Coens are remaking the classic western, True Grit.

That film is a favorite, based on the novel of the same name by Charles Portis. And therein is a line we use often around our house when someone seems a bit overambitious. 
I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.
True Grit is one of those books, fiction it's true, that celebrates the western ethos in a way that makes a reader wish it had been so. Jeff Bridges is supposed to be the Coens' choice for the Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne) part, which makes the prospective production even more interesting.

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