Me no English

Seriously, WTF, America? I mean, it’s one thing if you want to take a show from somewhere and remix it, bring something different to it, especially after several years. That’s how we get awesomeness like new versions of Battlestar Galactica, or Star Trek, or Dr. Who. But if all you’re going to do is hire new actors with American accents and keep everything else, you’re just doing really expensive cosplay. I don’t see the point. Just import the freaking original and have done with it.

This kind of reminds me of the whole kerfluffle when Steven Spielberg was kicked out of his first meeting with JK Rowling for saying, “Okay, the first thing we need to do is set Hogwarts in America, because no one is going to want to see a movie where the kids speak with British accents.”

Annotated bibliography

Done, done, finally freaking done! All 50 books read and written up. For those who are curious, the final list:

1. Sherman Alexie, War Dances
2. David Auburn, Proof
3. Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
4. Pierre Boulle, Bridge Over the River Kwai
5. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
6. Ethan Canin, The Palace Thief
7. Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
8. Willa Cather, My Antonia
9. Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
10. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
11. Nathan Englander, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges
12. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
13. Karen Joy Fowler, The Jane Austen Book Club
14. Jonathan Franzen, Freedom
15. Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny
16. Jerry Gabriel, Drowned Boy
17. David Grossman, To the End of the Land
18. Jane Hamilton, A Map of the World
19. Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
20. Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure
21. Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat: To Say Nothing of the Dog
22. Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son
23. Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John
24. Nicole Krauss, The History of Love
25. Par Lagerkvist, The Sibyl
26. Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
27. Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
28. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
29. Sue Miller, The Good Mother
30. Brian Morton, Starting Out in the Evening
31. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
32. Irene Nemirovsky, Suite Francaise
33. Amos Oz, The Same Sea
34. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
35. Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
36. Marilynne Robinson, Home
37. Henry Roth, Call It Sleep
38. Bernhard Schlink, The Reader
39. Jane Smiley, The Age of Grief
40. Zadie Smith, White Teeth
41. Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
42. John Steinbeck, East of Eden
43. Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
44. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
45. Michel Tournier, Friday
46. Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist
47. Unknown, Beowulf
48. Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
49. Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
50. A.B. Yehoshua, Mr Mani