1. Whoa. Enigmatic novelist Don DeLillo has written the screenplay for a movie that’s opening on March 10, Game Six, which apparently involves Michael Keaton, Robert Downey, Jr. and the most exciting baseball game of all time, 1986’s sixth World Series game between the New York Mets and the Boston Red Sox. This is big news in and of itself — DeLillo is always worth paying attention to — but is especially so because of the subject matter. Perhaps Don DeLillo was not aware that a certain Queens-based writer and web developer named Levi Asher has already written a book about this game?
2. The Beat Museum in North Beach, San Francisco is apparently rocking the house on a regular basis. Check out the party photos at this site, featuring good folks like Wavy Gravy, the whole Cassady gang, Larry Ferlinghetti and many others milling about and sipping wine. I met Beat Museum proprietor Jerry Cimino last summer when he came through New York City. He’s been working hard on this project for many years and it’s great to see it all coming together.
3. Brooklyn-based provocateur-publisher and Friend of LitKicks (FOL) Sander Hicks is running for governor of New York State. It’s about time. We’re ready for this guy to leave, or run for President or whatever he’s going to do. Go Sander …
4. Who knew that classic television humorist Carl Reiner just wrote a postmodern novel? It’s called NNNNN and it’s apparently about a guy named Nat Noland with a strange fixation upon the letter ‘N’. Sounds kind of like Georges Perec meets S. J. Perelman. Check it out and see what the old guy who was straight man to the 2000 Year Old Man, boss to Dick Van Dyke and real-life father to Rob “Meathead” Reiner is cooking up.