Smart Reads: ‘Doctor Sleep’, Noah Baumbach, and ‘How to Survive a Plague’


Smart Reads: ‘Doctor Sleep’, Noah Baumbach, and ‘How to Survive a Plague’


Today in culture: Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep gets a release date, Nicholas Ray kicks it at the Chateau Marmont, and Anton Walbrook gets some love.

-The many things in which and by which Greta Garbo is not impressed.

-From Zadie Smith’s 10 rules for writing: Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.

Doctor Sleep aka that Shining sequel starring Danny Torrance, will launch in September 2013.

Andy Romanoff: Nicholas Ray at the Chateau Marmont &emdash;

Nicholas Ray at the Chateau Marmont.

-The tragic momentum of King Vidor’s The Crowd.

-“Surveillance has a special aesthetic status. The strangeness of humanity is something we learn to live with, and to filter out, from the earliest age. Grimaces and tics, random gestures and floppy grammar, all get smoothed-out by immediate contact, by the need to render character and meaning coherent on the fly.” Richard Brody on the Mitt Romney tapes.

-There is at last a “Fuck Yeah” tumblr for Anton Walbrook.

Noah Baumbach on his latest film, the awkwardly-titled Frances Ha: “I could in some ways have the distance of the director: How will I shoot this? What is the best way to tell this story? Probably not being 27 helped me do that in a more efficient way.”

Doc Talk: David France’s How to Survive a Plague takes on the very recent history of the AIDS virus.