Join the boys as they host their very first guest: the construction workers constructing a patio/firepit/well in Jon’s neighbor’s backyard. Beyond the hammering and saws, the boys manage a fine discussion of books-turned-movies and whether good novels can ever create a good film. Then the boys delve into the squirrelly world of sentences and the cult of the author in a discussion of Jonathan Lethem’s “The King of Sentences.”
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- Jonathan Lethem’s “The King of Sentences” reads like a personal send-up of Ben, who has long professed his love of great sentences in the likes of Gary Lutz, Sam Lipsyte, Christine Schutt and others.
- Ben has finally finished Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary, and his happy to hear Jon’s neighbor is bailing out the southern economy with the construction of a well, which Jon thinks will come in handy when the world comes to an end.
- Ron Rash is a great example of an overnight success that took 25 years of work under the radar. His first stories and poems came out in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until 2008’s Serena that he really hit the big time.
- Serena has been made into a movie, but unfortunately it sounds like a straight-to-DVD flop.
- Is a great novel-turned-film possible? Jon cites Brokeback Mountain (short story), Winter’s Bone (novella) and No Country For Old Men (screenplay-novel) as examples but can’t think of a proper novel.
- Brian suggests The Maltese Falcon and To Kill a Mockingbird.
- A Confederacy of Dunces might be a funny film, if done properly.
- Jon wonders if any good films have been set in New Orleans. He forgot about A Streetcar Named Desire.