Today in culture: Jeffrey Eugenides and Jack Huston go on a Whartonian picnic, Downton Abbey series 3 gets a trailer, and Terry Gilliam gets a new leading man.
-Amazon yesterday shipping: A parody today, a reality tomorrow.
-Happy-making clip of the day: a Downton Abbey series 3 trailer (of sorts), watch it here.
-Why We Read: adorable letters from famous people urging children to read books.
-Wharton’s World: presumably as part of an ongoing rebuff to Jonathan Franzen’s obnoxious New Yorker piece about Wharton, Vogue has reimagined the world of Edith Wharton and company casting Jeffrey Eugenides (as Henry James!), Jonathan Safran Foer, and Junot Diaz as part of her ensemble. Wharton herself is played by a model (take that, Franzen!) and her lover Morton Fullerton is played by the beautiful Jack Huston. In the same issue: an essay on Wharton by Colm Toibin!
-Global Queer Cinema is coming.
-Christoph Waltz will appear in Terry Gilliam’s new film, the dystopian (surprise) Zero Theorem.