Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

PULP BOY: Emerson LaSalle Gets What He Deserves

faked by Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

This is the news and it is good: As reported on, the good people at Explosive Entertainment Motion Pictures will be producing the stranger-than-fiction Emerson LaSalle biopic PULP BOY, from a screenplay by Victor Gischler and Anthony Neil Smith.

Victor Gischler offers more details about the development of the screenplay here, and Anthony Neil Smith provides his take here. Other links of interest:
The official PULP BOY web site.

Emerson LaSalle on Wikipedia.
In Last My Heart is Murder: The Emerson LaSalle Blog
Emerson LaSalle on Pretty Fakes:
Modem Mama
Never Again, Forever
“Remembering Emerson LaSalle, Novelist”

Let’s just breathe it in: Emerson LaSalle biopic. EMERSON LASALLE BIOPIC. Okay, I stopped breathing it in and started huffing it there at the end. So pure. So sweet. So mucous-membrane dissolving.

Review: Teenagers from the Future: It’s a Klordny Fest!

faked by Monday, February 23rd, 2009

When I heard SeqArt was publishing a book of critical essays about the Legion of Super-Heroes, my first thought was I gotta get that, followed narrowly by Great Rao, I wish I’d submitted.



faked by Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Let’s take another shot at trying to get culturfied. I’m telling myself I’m going to read a book a week—and try to regain my love of cinema at the same time. We’re going to have to shoehorn in my twin loves of comics and video games somewhere in there. These are all current as of today, and officially started January 1.

Shall we begin?


The Infinite Library: Choctaw Books (Jackson, Miss.).

faked by Monday, February 2nd, 2009


Hearing blank verse in all the wrong places

faked by Monday, January 12th, 2009

Shakespeare has an overwhelming affect on some of us. I remember my youthful frustration that one could no longer write Shakespearean blank verse and be taken seriously. (A fact I discovered in the trial, by the way.) But some of us can’t give up that easily.


Bayer aspirin, W. B. Yeats, and native Americans with toothaches

faked by Monday, January 12th, 2009

“Only connect,” writes James Dickey in a poem about a powerline worker. I make a few small connections from time to time, and they always give me pleasure. Not much to do with them otherwise but report them, so here goes.

Here’s one: We have all frequently heard the phrase “common sense,” usually together with the popular remark, on the verge of cliche itself, that it isn’t really common at all. I suspect there is a confusion here between two senses of the word “common.” In the modern sense, we mean “to be found anywhere.” I suspect the phrase originally meant “common” in quite another way. The older meaning is “basic, fundamental.” In other words, if you had even the elements of the most basic rules of making sense, you had common sense. The implication is that it does not require a genius of logic or philosophy to tell what is what, but that even “common” or basic sense will suffice.


DNR: Snow angels.

faked by Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

As I’m going to try and bang out more thoughts—diaries, really—here on PrettyFakes (I hope for many of them to have accompanying illustrations, once we can hurdle the 2k9/Zune:bomb errors we’re getting), I’ll likely slap the “do no read” label on them. You can read, but you won’t care. Ha! Just like a John Updike story in the latest issue of the New Yorker! Warning: I am also going through all my old records and cassettes and re-re-evaluating them.

Later this week: The Golden Palominos v. the Barenaked Ladies!


Throwing Down the Geek Gauntlet

faked by Saturday, December 13th, 2008

Depicted below are the absolute nerdiest things I own, as determined by me while unpacking the office after our recent move. I challenge anyone to top this. Your answers to this challenge should be documented and included in the comments here or on your own site. Here we go:

Percy Family Grave, Greenville, Miss.

faked by Wednesday, October 29th, 2008


It Only Took a Hurricane to Make Me Post Again

faked by Monday, September 8th, 2008