How The Princess Bride was framed

June 10th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 0 comments § permalink

I love the movie and yes, Robin Wright may have something to do with it. Now wait for me to say “but the book was better”…

If you had asked me after I read the first chapter, or even after I’d read the complete original book, I may have shouted this phrase. But I have the 25th anniversary edition and there’s this bit tacked on the end… I’m not so sure now. » Read the rest of this entry «

The unsolved mysteries of Andrea Camilleri

June 5th, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 1 comment § permalink

Reading what must be my tenth Andrea Camilleri mystery featuring Inspector Montalbano, I was struck by a few mysteries of my own: Why, when there are so many authors and books to read, do I choose to read what pretty much amounts to the same book over and over? Secondly, why among all the series in the world, do I choose this one? » Read the rest of this entry «

Bumping into Paco Ignacio Taibo II

June 2nd, 2011 by Zirk van den Berg § 1 comment § permalink

It wasn’t a bit like the time I ran full-tilt into singer José Feliciano. There he was, a blind man trying to cross a foreign airport terminal and some kid comes crashing into him. I still feel bad about that. No, I’ve never encountered Paco Ignacio Taibo II in the flesh. Nor, for that matter, had I met any other Paco Ignacio Taibo – number one, three or whatever.

I didn’t even know PIT II, as he apparently refers to himself, existed until I sort of bumped into him by accident. » Read the rest of this entry «

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