Bopping with Niall JP O'Leary

Niall O'Leary insists on sharing his hare-brained notions and hysterical emotions. Personal obsessions with cinema, literature, food and alcohol feature regularly.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Popcorn and Glasses

Readings (short stories for the most part) and viewings over the weekend:


  • In the Mouth of Madness

  • Secretary

  • No Such Thing (aka Hal Hartley does King Kong)

  • The Bard (Twilight Zone episode)

  • Jerry Was a Man (Masters of Science Fiction episode)

  • Shrek the Third


  • Torch Song - John Cheever (ah, the highlight!)

  • The Thing in the Forest - Bernard Capes

  • A Red-Letter Day - Elizabeth Taylor

  • A Werewolf of the Campagna - Mrs Hugh Fraser

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vols 1,2 and most of 3) - Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill

  • In the Days of the Comet (some) - H.G. Wells

Lots to be said about all this, but not now. Cheever's story though was just superb. I always see him as a precursor to Carver, and anything I've read by him I like (last week it was the short and sharp 'Reunion' in Ford's 'The New Granta Book of the American Short Story'). But 'Torch Song' just plays wonderfully with audience expectations. Genius! I have his collected stories somewhere at home; I must dig it out.

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