Today in culture: Schjeldahl talks Warhol, Sherlock goes classic, Polanski takes on von Sacher-Masoch.
-Sophia Loren turned 78 yesterday. Sha-wing!
–Peter Schjeldahl reviews the new Met exhibit “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years”: ‘Warhol was so clairvoyant an artist that he scarcely needed to be a great one, but he was that, too.’
-Gertrude Stein rips her interviewer a new asshole in a 1934 radio interview.
-Finally, someone’s gone and done a piece on the films of Norman Mailer.
-Finally, someone’s gone and made Penguin Classic covers out of episodes from the BBC’s “Sherlock”.
-It’s been a great year for The Rescuers, Margery Sharp’s classic 1959 children’s book.
-They’re judging you: book clerks tell us what they love and hate to see customers buying.
–“Giallo Fever” opened yesterday at Anthology Film Archives and is playing through next Sunday. Go catch some pulpy Italian-directed films this weekend!
-What is Zola Books? Possibly your new favorite imprint: “It seems that Zola, in its social aspects and with the professional book reviews it will be sourcing from newspapers and blogs, is striving to build a walled garden on the internet, much like Facebook or, to a lesser extent, Tumblr: an internet ecosystem fully parallel to store and publishers’ existing sites, and, if [Zola CEO Joe] Regal is successful, a platform they won’t be able to afford to ignore.”