Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Everything Is Not Going To Be OK

Currently bending my noodle: the outstanding audiobook of Phillip K. Dick's A Scanner Darkly,narrated by the truly gifted Paul Giamatti. Somehow the rotoscoping factor of Richard Linklater's film version managed to put me off but after hearing this great character actor babbling about the aphids in his lungs, I may have to give the movie a shot. After I'm done with the audiobook, of course.

Maybe Giamatti should have switched roles with Keanu Reeves in their latest movies. Paul would have been far more interesting in the role of undercover narc Bob Arctor in A Scanner Darkly and Keanu Reeves could have dressed as a janitor and delivered the immortal line, "Whoa, there's a chick in the pool."

I'll also be writing about a new mind-bender by debut novelist Steven Hall in my next column but there are a few new tidbits out on The Raw Shark Texts. Check out this short interview at The Bookseller and a clever little teaser site.

Update: Caught the Linklater version of A Scanner Darkly last night and overall, the translation is nicely executed. They dropped all the hippie lingo of Phillip K. Dick's Nixon-era meditation drug addiction and infused it with some good old-fashioned paranoia inspired by modern-day surveillance. It also has a very inspired performance by Robert Downey Jr. (who, after all, has some experience with the inspirational material) but I'd still rather see someone other than Keanu Reeves in that lead role, and maybe Zooey Deschanel rather than "Sticky Fingers" Winona Ryder as Donna.