As reported by Comic Book Resources, noted writer Alan Moore sets the record straight on the movie adaptation of his graphic novel, V for Vendetta. I guess it was too much to ask when the producers spoke as if they had Moore’s complete approval. Directors and producers of major movies rarely treat writers with any respect. Now the game becomes a question of how many changes are made, how the changes affect the story, and whether the political statements get toned down.
This has nothing to do with culture, but everything to do with liberty. I hope Robert Mugabe ends up in front of a firing squad at dawn for destroying a country. This latest crackdown shows yet again how a government has gone mad.
A glimpse at the forthcoming Serenity comic books from Dark Horse Comics. Scroll down the page. Via Claire Wolfe. Additional info from Scifi.com. Comic books due out July 6.
Via Victor Milan’s website some news about a new novel, Deathlands. It’s a series adventure novel, published under a pseudonym, but might be of interest to any Milan fans out there.
Discovered an audio interview with James P. Hogan called Voices in Your Head, at IT Conversations. The interview can be downloaded or streamed (MP3 and MSWin). The site includes several other audio programs and interviews and seems well-worth some additional browser time.
Tom Knapp reports on his “Google Bomb” efforts to reclaim Sam Konkin III’s origin and meaning of new libertarian from some so-called neo-libs. An old interview with Konkin (who dies in 2004) can be found here. His “New Libertarian Manifesto” used to be available online, but now seems to have 404’d.
Claire Wolfe and Aaron Zelman’s new joint fictional effort appears interesting. Zelman collaborated on two novels with L. Neil Smith (The Mitzvah and Hope). Wolfe is more known for her non-fiction books. More info on Wolfe’s blog.
In Wendy McElroy’s book review of Stephen Cox’s recent Isabel Paterson biography, “Isabel Paterson and the Idea of America,” she wonders:
Why has Paterson been so neglected? Or, more broadly, why did and does the libertarian movement — or radical individualism in general — not celebrate and embrace its fiction writers in the same manner as the Left? Upton Sinclair, Lillian Hellman, Max Eastman, John Steinbeck, Sinclair Lewis — these left-wing fiction writers were Paterson’s contemporaries. Like her, they had a dramatic impact on the culture and politics of their day. Unlike Paterson, they have claimed important niches in history, largely because of the attention of left-wing biographers and historians.
Well, one group of libertarians has celebrated libertarian fiction for almost 25 years – the Libertarian Futurist Society.
A firestorm ignites over at Sunni Maravillosa’s site regarding Laissez Faire Books decision not to carry Vin Suprynowicz’s novel, The Black Arrow. I have not read the book, so I cannot comment on the alleged “gratuitous vulgar sexual content” mentioned as the reason for not carrying the book. Nor am I as passionate about the book as some of its readers. I respect LFB’s decision not to carry the book, and I also can understand the anger and outrage from the book’s fans. For over 21 years I’ve supported and ordered books from Laissez Faire Books. I’ll continue this, but LFB never has been the sole source for my books. Meanwhile, the book is available at the publisher (linked above) and Amazon.
Pippi Longstocking becomes a ballet. I read several of Astrid Lindgren’s books as a child, and remember Pippi as a fun and strong character in several novels. It’s amusing to read how she inspired fear in the establishment as an independent-minded child, and now is lauded as a hero of female liberation.