Thoughts for Thursday - Bury the plot at Wounded Knee

Apparently, there is some controversy over the upcoming HBO film production of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." (How fortunate for HBO's publicity department.)

According to a rather high-handed NY Times article, the film's producers took license by adding a new character: a man who was part Sioux, was educated at an Ivy League college and married a white woman.

The truly not-fortunate reasoning being, according to the writer who adapted the book for HBO Films, "everyone felt very strongly that we needed a white character or a part-white, part-Indian character to carry a contemporary white audience through this project."

Ouch. And, I might add, WTF?

I might as well mention now that when I'm not being the Literate Kitten, I am busy channeling my Pop-Tart Culture alternate personality. To that end, I fork over inordinately large percentages of my salary to Comcast Cable so I can devour such uplifting media fare as Project Runway, Ghost Hunters and Wife, Mom, Bounty Hunter. (In my defense, I do watch PBS and The Learning Channel more often than I do the Food Porn network.)

Seeing as how I have made a huge investment in HBO and the fact that the Bury My Heart production features Aidan Quinn, I owe it to my Evil Remote-Hopping Twin to tune in.

In homage to my Literate Kittenish self, however, I intend to read the book first. (I think because this book was released when I was a freshman, it didn't make my High School Required Reading list. So, no, I have not yet read it.)

I cannot imagine how the film can remain true to the plot, when an extra character has been thrown willy-nilly into the mix. Oh, and when that extra character is described as a much-needed protagonist. (Why didn't they call it Dances with Prairie Dogs and be done with it?)

The movie premiers May 27. I will duly report on Book versus Film, Kitten versus Pop-Tart.


From Flannery

Wise words from Flannery O'Connor. (via Maud Newton).


May reading: New in the stacks

Life is so crazy right now, I completely overlooked the ringing in of a new month of reading. Technically, May is for books that are "new in the stacks." I am taking a loose interpretation, so that "new in the stacks" can mean one of two things: 1) new to me 2) newly published.

To that end, the "new to me" contribution will be Jean Rhys's Voyage in the Dark, which I finished. Whew, one down. The newly published (anywhere from 2005-present) selection is yet to be decided...contenders include the Maryse Conde novel and the Hermione Lee book on Edith Wharton.

May is also going to be an extension of classics month, as I am still reading Proust and just starting Cervantes.

The TBR pile is leaning crazily like the Tower of Pisa. Four recent additions! Last Friday, I found Kerouac's The Subterraneans in a free pile. And a few weekends ago, I scored three at a going-out-of-business sale:

A Victorian Romance: Letters of Beatrix Potter and Sydney Webb. (I can't even find this one on Amazon.com. Will post excerpts for sure.)
The Web and the Rock, Thomas Wolfe (first edition).
First Fiction: An Anthology of First Published Stories by Famous Writers.