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Brandi Carlile Has Always Seen Herself Clearly. Now It’s Our Turn

In her new memoir, “Broken Horses,” the singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile takes a deep look at how “a mean, scrappy little trailer girl with the wrong clothes” became a six-time Grammy winner.

Read the New York Times article HERE.

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Stephen King Has Thoughts About Stephen King TV Shows

Stephen King has written some of the most beloved horror novels in the history of popular fiction, and many have been turned into equally acclaimed and successful films. Movies like “Carrie,” “Stand by Me” and “The Shawshank Redemption” have more than earned esteemed spots within the cinematic canon. Others — “Maximum Overdrive,” “Thinner,” “The Dark Tower” — have not.

But what about the small screen? As with the film adaptations, attempts to bring King’s books to life on TV have had mixed results, and few have reached the heights of “The Green Mile” or “Misery.” But thanks to the longer running time afforded by a series, several of King’s more unwieldy novels have proved better suited to television than to the multiplex.

“That is the great thing about TV,” King said, calling from his home in Bangor, Maine. “You can take these things as they are and expand more.”

With a new adaptation of one of the author’s longest, most complex novels, “The Stand,” arriving Thursday on CBS All Access, King looked back at the best and worst adaptations of his stories for television.

Read the New York Times interview HERE.

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50 States, 50 Scares – A List of Scary Novels Set In Each State

Ah, October — crisp nights, apple-picking, leaf-peeping, Halloween. To celebrate the spookiest season, The New York Times made a list of the scariest novel set in every state. Before you pick up one of these hair-raising, shiver-inducing novels, you’re going to want to close the curtains and check the locks (twice).

Of course, my favorite author, Stephen King earned two picks, one for Colorado and one for Oklahoma but surprisingly not Maine?

Stephen King, “The Shining” – Colorado

When Stanley Kubrick’s famous movie version was released in 1980, our critic Christopher Lehmann-Haupt revisited the original King novel. “It isn’t often that a book and a film relate to each other in such an intriguing way,” he wrote. “We miss in the film Mr. King’s careful development of the fact that the hotel is steadily coming ‘alive’ to a degree that the ghosts, which at first only Danny could recognize, gradually gain the power to act physically.”

Stephen King, “The Outsider” – Oklahoma

What begins as a police procedural about the murder and mutilation of a child swiftly morphs into something much more sinister. “I don’t want to spoil anything, but come on, this is Stephen King,” our reviewer, Victor LaValle, wrote in 2018. “Monsters of one kind or another are what the man does best, and ‘The Outsider’ delivers a good one.”

Check out the full list HERE.

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The Essential Stephen King: If You’ve Never Read His Books, Here’s Where To Start

With more than 70 books in his catalog, Stephen King has long been one of the few blockbuster writers who regularly publishes short fiction. “If It Bleeds,” his new collection, is a strong reminder that — for an author who has produced more than a few novels of staggering length — some of his most interesting work has fallen on the shorter side. (If you’re looking for stories to sample, his early books “Night Shift” and “Skeleton Crew” are full of nasty tales with “Twilight Zone”-esque endings.)

Reviewing “If It Bleeds” in The New York Times Book Review, Ruth Franklin says that as “the headlines grow more apocalyptic by the day, I might start working my way through King’s backlist.”

She’d be in for a treat, as would you. HERE is a brief starter guide to the works of Stephen King.

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3 Kings On The New York Times Top 10 List

Congratulations to the King family. Stephen and Owen’s new novel Sleeping Beauties just hit # 4 on the New York Times Hardcover Best Seller List.

Stephen King’s other son, Joe Hill also made the list. His newest collection, Strange Weather is at # 9.

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The New York Times Talks To Stephen King: By The Book

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Stephen King, most recently, of “Finders Keepers” has never read Jane Austen. “I do not say this with either pride or shame (or prejudice, for that matter). It’s just a fact.”

Read what else the prolific author has to say about his favorite novelist, who would be invited to a literary dinner, his most personal novel and lots more.

Read the interview HERE.

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Do You Want To Know What J.J. Abrams’ S. Is About?

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J.J. Abrams discussed some bits and pieces regarding his upcoming book simply titled S. in this New York Times interview. The book will be released on Tuesday October 29, 2013.

“There is the novel itself (“Ship of Theseus”), which stands alone as its own story, and then there are the notes in the margins: a conversation and investigation and mystery and love story between two people, which is both connected to and separate from the central text. Then, there is the editor of the book, who appears in an introduction and in footnotes. So there were many characters and points of view to balance. It felt less like film or TV, and more like concocting something insane and very special.”

The Hollywood writer, director and producer, and author was inspired by Chris Ware’s work. “His graphic novels have the emotional wallop of a Philip Roth or Thomas Pynchon.”

You can check out the book’s website HERE.

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