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Wilmington By Mike WilmingtonWilmington@moviecitynews.com

Wilmington on DVDs: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Il Divo, Z, Whatever Works, Nothing Like the Holidays, The Orphan and more…

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs(Two and a Half Stars) U. S.; Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier, 2009 Are those Ice Age wedding bells breaking up that old gang of mine?

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Wilmington on DVDs: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Monsoon Wedding, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Easy Rider and more…

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Two and a Half Stars) U. S.; Michael Bay, 2009 This might better be called Transformers: Revenge of the Hasbro Action Toys

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Wilmington on DVDs: Drag Me to Hell, Natural Born Killers, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and more…

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW Drag Me to Hell (Three-and-a-Half Stars) U. S.; Sam Raimi, 2009 (Universal) Drag Me to Hell, from Sam (“SpiderMan”) Raimi, is a terror fest in his Evil Dead mode and gear: a scary movie that’s really

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Wilmington on DVDs: Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Chinatown, A Hard Day’s Night and more…

PICK OF THE WEEK: NEW Anvil: The Story of Anvil (Three-and-a-Half Stars) U. S.; Sacha Gervasi, 2009 (VHI Films) This funny, sad, rockin’ little documentary is about a

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Wilmington on Movies: Edna Wilmington 1915-2009

    Edna Wilmington (1915-2009). By Michael Wilmington Last Wednesday night, September 30, my mother, Edna Wilmington, died at the age of 94, several hours after being discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital after repeated hospital stays there, and at St. Joseph’s, for a variety of health problems. She had requested me never to send her to…

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“Chad Harbach spent ten years writing his novel. It was his avocation, for which he was paid nothing, with no guarantee he’d ever be paid anything, while he supported himself doing freelance work, for which I don’t think he ever made $30,000 a year. I sold his book for an advance that equated to $65,000 a year—before taxes and commission—for each of the years of work he’d put in. The law schools in this country churn out first-year associates at white-shoe firms that pay them $250,000 a year, when they’re twenty-five years of age, to sit at a desk doing meaningless bullshit to grease the wheels of the corporatocracy, and people get upset about an excellent author getting $65,000 a year? Give me a fucking break.”
~ Book Agent Chris Parris-Lamb On The State Of The Publishing Industry

INTERVIEWER
Do you think this anxiety of yours has something to do with being a woman? Do you have to work harder than a male writer, just to create work that isn’t dismissed as being “for women”? Is there a difference between male and female writing?

FERRANTE
I’ll answer with my own story. As a girl—twelve, thirteen years old—I was absolutely certain that a good book had to have a man as its hero, and that depressed me. That phase ended after a couple of years. At fifteen I began to write stories about brave girls who were in serious trouble. But the idea remained—indeed, it grew stronger—that the greatest narrators were men and that one had to learn to narrate like them. I devoured books at that age, and there’s no getting around it, my models were masculine. So even when I wrote stories about girls, I wanted to give the heroine a wealth of experiences, a freedom, a determination that I tried to imitate from the great novels written by men. I didn’t want to write like Madame de La Fayette or Jane Austen or the Brontës—at the time I knew very little about contemporary literature—but like Defoe or Fielding or Flaubert or Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky or even Hugo. While the models offered by women novelists were few and seemed to me for the most part thin, those of male novelists were numerous and almost always dazzling. That phase lasted a long time, until I was in my early twenties, and it left profound effects.
~ Elena Ferrante, Paris Review Art Of Fiction No. 228

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