17 Nov 2010

Looking Closer’s Christmas Gift Recommendations: A Kingdom Far and Clear

Looking for a great fantasy book to give for Christmas? Here’s an idea: Mark Helprin’s glorious “Swan Lake” trilogy is being republished in one volume – A Kingdom Far and Clear – with beautiful illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg.

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02 Dec 2008

Hamlet, Threepio, and Us

Anyone who can write an inspiring piece linking Rosencrantz and Guldenstern, The Hidden Fortress, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and R2D2, has my full attention. Ladies and gentlemen, Mark Shea!

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16 Apr 2007

Norton the Hulk

A high-five to Peter Chattaway for catching the latest Edward Norton casting news. And… uh… wow. Not what I would have expected from a fellow quickly becoming one of America’s most distinguished actors. Maybe he’s hoping for a blockbuster so that he can fund a produciton of Mark Helprin’s A

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15 Jan 2006

Specials: Helprin's caution. "Serenity 2"? How "Hoodwinked" Happened. "The White Countess." SNL.

Sunday’s specials: What a friendly neighborhood I live in! This morning, I’m walking around the streets of Shoreline, Washington, and as I’m waiting at a crosswalk, I see in the window of the house next to me… …a wooden cross… … a Bush/Cheney poster… … a digital-readout message panel that

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21 Dec 2005

Specials: Amy Wellborn – Vigilant. Adam Walter – literate. Chewbacca – full of Christmas spirit. Teachout – thirsty for music.

Open Book, Amy Wellborn’s blog, continues to be an essential stop on my daily tour, for her relentless vigilance. Here’s one of the recent highlights, regarding mainstream media and faith. Other blog entries worth noting: Adam Walter discovers the new Mark Helprin Web site. I visited Adam last night at

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13 Jul 2005

Specials: Steve Martin's Next Good Movie; Mark Helprin; Cowboy Junkies Sing U2; Steyn on Spielberg

Today’s specials: THE REAL STEVE MARTIN … THE ONE WORTH SEEING… IS BACK Steve Martin’s upcoming romantic comedy Shopgirl wasn’t very high on my must-see list. Until now. BEHIND THE SCENES OF MARK HELPRIN’S STORYTELLING Harvard Magazine investigates the house of Helprin, my favorite novelist. “WE’RE JUNKIES, BUT WE’RE NOT

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23 May 2005

Today's specials: Bono corrects Chicago reporter. Summertime fiction. And the man playing Orbison.

Today’s specials: Greg Kot gets a memorable interview with Bono. Jonathan Rice gets cast as Roy Orbison in I Walk the Line. On my radar for summertime fiction: Freddy and Fredericka, a new novel by Mark Helprin described as a satire about a future king and queen of England slumming

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