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quietearth [Celluloid 06.22.10] movie news scifi drama romance

With all this news of other Lethem adaptations like Gun, With Occasional Music and Promiscuous stories, it's no surprise that another one of his books (which happens to be one of my personal favorites) is going the screen route. But what makes this news particularly sweet is that one of the best directors of all time, and the only man who could do Burroughs justice, looks to be taking on the task, David Cronenberg. For those who've read the novel, you know it's hilarious sorrow and obsessively compulsive and bereft nature, and really, I don't think anyone could do this one better. For the rest, here's a breakdown of the book from amazon:

Particle physics, false vacuum bubbles, an alternate universe--this is the stuff of Jonathan Lethem's novel As She Climbed Across the Table. The tale echoes Alice in Wonderland in its mad tumble through a rearranged reality. Narrator Phillip Engstrand is a university professor who has made a career out of studying academic environments. Engstrand is in love with Alice Coombs, a particle physicist engaged in a bold attempt to replicate the origins of the universe. The result of the experiment is Lack, a very selective black hole that sucks some things into its void--a cat, a pair of socks, a strawberry--and rejects others, namely, a love-struck Alice. As Alice's unrequited obsession with Lack grows, Phillip becomes so desperate to save his beloved from this empty rival that he risks a journey down the metaphysical rabbit hole.

More as it comes! via Pajiba

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bad dog (12 years ago) Reply

Great book, great director, can't wait.

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