Monday, December 28, 2009

Local writers around the Web

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2009 at 6:41 PM

• The LA Weekly carries a cover interview with Anne Rice, late of the Garden District and now living in Rancho Mirage, Ca. Nothing really new in this piece, other than the fact Rice seems to have taken the Mission Inn in Riverside, Ca. as her new touchstone, using it in her fiction and signing her latest, Angel Time, there. Here's the online trailer for the book:

Grim rumblings from Walter Pierce of The Independent in Lafayette:

A biopic about the life of late New Orleans author John Kennedy Toole, still years away from the screen, is getting a head of steam, according to Maxim Entertainment president Blaine McManus. After two and a half years, an Ignatius Rising script based on the eponymous 2001 biography by René Pol Nevils and Deborah George Hardy (LSU Press) is complete and fundraisers are planned in Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans (dates undetermined) to raise $50,000 for a packaging/development fund. McManus says the fund is designed to ensure the movie “is fully developed and produced in Louisiana by a Louisiana production team.”

Awful news for anyone who loves A Confederacy of Dunces, or who knows the Toole family, simply because Ignatius Rising is such bad source material. I reviewed it back in 2001:

The dichotomy between Toole's often raunchy novel and the lace- curtain gentility that his mother sought for herself is central to this story, or should be. One wonders if Mrs. Toole, who describes herself in one letter as "a woman of intelligence, culture, and many gifts," saw herself lampooned in blowsy Mrs. Reilly, whose fingers were "chafed from years of scrubbing her son's mammoth, yellowed drawers," hiding empty muscatel bottles in the oven of her roach-infested kitchen. Nevils and [Deborah George Hardy] never even raise the question; indeed, they seem completely uninterested in Toole's fantastical characters.

Ah, well; they still haven't figured out a way to film Confederacy -- maybe this will fall by the wayside, too. There's always hope.

• Last but not least: Will Coviello interviews Poppy Z. Brite in this week's Gambit. We'll link the story here when it goes online later today.

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