Me thinks one of the most promising film book series (at least of the “single film analysis” genre) to come along in a while. Got Jonathan Lethem’s They Live book as a gift over the holiday season and it’s a fun read. No surprise to anyone acquainted with Lethem’s work that he writes very well about film but he really does an excellent and very detailed scene-by-scene analysis of the film. They (Soft Skull Press) also recently published Christopher Sorrentino’s take on Death Wish. I guess the idea is to go “off-canon” but considering they have Lethal Weapon and The Sting as “coming soon” it might just be a mix of “guilty pleasures” and cult hits. But, still, if they have interesting writers, I’m game for more. Seems more akin to the 33 1/3 book series on music than the stuffier BFI books (which I also like).
Pretend I’m too lazy to Google this. Is there a link for these books? What are they exactly?
The Letham one is intriguing to me. I guess the series is going to be specifically novelists writing about films?
cultographies is quite good too.
Seems so, Matt. Have you read Chronic City? Lethem can be hit or miss for me (with his last few being misses) but I thought that one was one of his best.
R. Citizen – I hadn’t heard of cultographies but looks good. Which ones can you recommend? Would love to read the Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia.
@ Ari—Yes, I think I’ve read most of his books, and I liked Chronic City. Some of the incidental stuff he’s written over the years about music and film I’ve really enjoyed as well.
I read somewhere that Lethem was also going to write a 33 1/3 book on Fear of Music which I look forward to since it’s one of my favorite albums.