Jeffrey Eugenides’s new short story collection is a mixed bag In “Baster,” the narrator learns that his beautiful, out-of-his-league ex-girlfriend. “The Baster” by Jeffrey Eugenides (, 17 pages) Jeffrey Eugenides (, USA) won The Pulitzer Prize in for his novel Middlesex. Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (born March 8, ) is an American novelist and short story writer. . His story “Baster” became the basis for the romantic comedy The Switch, temporarily putting Middlesex aside in the late 90s to begin work.

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Baser movie was remarkably faithful— perhaps too faithful —to jevfrey book, preserving the languid mood, reverential but impersonal treatment of the doomed Lisbon girls, and unusual, first person plural narrative voice.

Last Friday a very different Eugenides adaptation, The Switchhit the big screen. Bastr Ford Coppola founded bsster magazine with the idea that short stories are more akin to film and perhaps better source material than are novels, as both stories and movies are meant to be consumed in one sitting. Each issue of Zoetrope includes a story that has been adapted to the screen: The movie is less broadly comedic than their resume would indicate. Money Never Sleepsis currently a hot-shot screenwriter, with 11 scripts in production or development.

He is sure-handed in expanding the story, and the best parts of the movie are his own: She thought about them, the little children she never had. They were lined at the windows of a ghostly school bus, faces pressed against the glass, huge-eyed, moist-lashed. When she awoke at night, she saw it slowly pulling away from the curb, and she heard the noise of the children packed in their seats, that cry of children indistinguishable between laughter and scream.

Abortion remains more of neffrey taboo in Hollywood than even five young women killing themselves, as in The Virgin Suicides. The story makes the switch an insidious violation, done intentionally and knowingly though under the influence of alcohol.

It was somewhere around hyena. Anne Shulock is a journalist living in San Francisco. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Jezebel, Salon and Sactown magazine, and jeffry blogs on Open Salon. She is currently the editorial assistant at Zoetrope: All-Story, where she hopes to find the next great short story writer in the slush pile.

Now if only the movie was better.

The Switch ( film) – Wikipedia

Maybe Ferrell should have been cast as Wally. Or maybe Jen needs to take a year sabbatical. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. The Millions’ future depends on your support. Become a member today. In Memoriam Screening Room. It seems worthy of a Twilight Zone episode: A writer and screenwriter and noted figure in the annals of contemporary literature. When adaptations are concerned, sometimes, an effective story is just what one needs to produce a completely ridiculous and terrible story.

Richard Matheson is entering a world beyond sight and sound. The movie of Eat, Pray, Love commences with the kind of moment that, depending on your outlook, leads you to find memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert either deeply appalling or appealing.


But luckily for Deborah, boat people have no interest in discussing their years in refugee camps or having to feed expired fellow travelers to the sharks. I thought he really loved me, but then we were separated on different boats, and he took up with my cousin. It is a moment pure Gilbertian, exactly the kind of psychic pass those troubled by uniquely unspeakable acts require.

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Sure, life is filled with nasty inconveniences like rape and having to pitch a corpse or two overboard when you least expect it! Yes, Oprah tended to elide the side of the beloved spiritual rehabber that shipped a set of Gibbon in advance of her journey to Rome. But Hollywood has circumscribed even this Oprah-approved Gilbert entirely, rendering a zippy over-formatter with a eugenids line to our creator a passive rom-com goddess. How did this chained wife finance said home?

The filmmakers punt this headscratcher by referencing callow junkets eugenidfs Aruba.

For this Elizabeth, one’s love life lives in lockstep with self-discovery, and each phase of her spiritual and physical journey is simply a means to further her romantic one. Gilbert of the memoir barely mentions children. In the neffrey, Felipe and Gilbert simply run into each other at a party. But now, her future husband plows into Gilbert on her bike, running her off the road before he bangs her in real life. She is her reader. As a writer, Gilbert is a bit like a brainy professor who distracts you from her intellect by asking if her skirt matches her shoes.

You know—the thing writers live on. We have no idea who financed this trip. Was it an advance, or help from her uncle and aunt?

On the dissolution of her marriage she remains assiduously mum. Is she legally prevented from talking about what happened? If so, why not be Zen and tell us? Eat, Pray, Love closes with her commitment to Felipe, but readers of her follow up, Committed already know how loath Gilbert is to reveal anything about the actual marriage. Gilbert refuses this responsibility. Nowadays, she argues, artists are driven into suicidal depressions by such expectations. But Gilbert, as in her marriage, is a more skilled elider.

Self-Realization in Women Screening Room. The latest literary adaptation: Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. His ponytail is greasy, his apartment is a mess, his girlfriend is fed up. The Words traffics in Easy Bake literary shorthand Brooklyn lofts, Paris cafes, tweed, pensive cigarette puffs familiar to any pretentious ninth-grader.

Occasionally the camera pans a computer screen or a yellow page just closely enough for the viewer to scan half a sentence. Movies about writers can differ in a few key ways, but there is one near constant: Women serve as muses and dishwashers. Additionally, the plot hinges on an act of fraud that is, ironically, very similar to the plots of other films. Recent scandals have shown that this type of behavior continues to tempt even those at the pinnacle of the profession.

What feeds these temptations?


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The jeftrey page, a fear of rejection, claustrophobia, philosophical questions of ownership. The darker elements of creation are excellent fodder for thrillers and effective platforms for comedies. These films take the work itself less seriously often a lack of literary merit is part of the joke and instead focus on the pitfalls of the creative life. They ignore the words for the work and all that can inspire and disrupt it: Eugfnides romantic comedies, the writer is often a witty Lothario or a good-natured wimp.

In these cases The Squid and the WhaleOrange County the films succeed because the film is the novel and the focus is on the yearning for a fulfilling creative life rather than a specific written work.

“Baster” and The Switch

The most offensive depictions usually appear in melodramas The WordsA Love Song for Bobby Longwhich exploit a milieu in order to tell vapid stories that wish to be considered intelligent simply for acknowledging the existence of literary culture. Nobody has to do the extra work of creating a fake masterpiece.

Instead these films rely on our familiarity with Hollywood-established Literary Personality tropes: You are writing a movie about a writer. He is a great writer. He must be a great writer, the plot demands it. Here are a few necessary visual shortcuts. Tweed, tattered sweaters, corduroy, maybe an old Army jacket. Bouts of inopportune drunkenness.

A library with one of those sliding ladders or perilous stacks surrounding a stained mattress throw in a dusty globe to suggest world-weariness. Rub jaw or stroke beard.

Publicity image via The Words Screening Room. What is the wider cultural influence of literary magazines? I am not sure there needs to be one.

One of the questionable perks of working from home is that you become intimate with daytime television. I can confirm that between the hours of 6 a. Yes, Dear is just as unfunny as you’ve been told.

I am also certain that daytime TV is not what it once was. During my first bouts of unemployment in andI was floored by the variety bestowed upon me. I was supposed to be sending resumes, but the process was unorganized and uninspired.

Job searching was boring basyer fruitless. Television provided endlessly entertaining options, especially dating shows.

The day began on the lighter side with TLC’s A Dating Storywhich was bubbly and benign and almost always featured couples from Philadelphia.

A few hours later, after I had eaten lunch and sent out cover letters destined to be ignored, I would strap in for Blind Date and Shipmates. This was by far the highlight of the day until the blessed late afternoon appearances of The Simpsons and Seinfeld.

These should not be confused with the likes of The Millionaire Matchmaker or The Bachelor, which rely on a braying force of personality and a fairy tale-inspired train wreck, respectively.

All OTS dating shows share similar qualities—the couples have never met before, volatile reactions and hot tub canoodling are encouraged—but Blind Date ‘s versatility was unmatched.