Jeffrey Eugenides’s new short story collection is a mixed bag In “Baster,” the narrator learns that his beautiful, out-of-his-league ex-girlfriend. “The Baster” by Jeffrey Eugenides (, 17 pages) Jeffrey Eugenides (, USA) won The Pulitzer Prize in for his novel Middlesex. Jeffrey Kent Eugenides (born March 8, ) is an American novelist and short story writer. . His story “Baster” became the basis for the romantic comedy The Switch, temporarily putting Middlesex aside in the late 90s to begin work.

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Most Popular in arts Right Arrow. But the illustrations in the book I had as a kid have defined the visual elements of the story jwffrey me. Open Preview See a Problem? On paper, the pairing of Schrader and Ellis looks like a natural. Below are steps you can take in order to whitelist Observer.

The Reading Life: “The Baster” by Jeffrey Eugenides

Then Reload the Page. It seems to want to join the venerable company of movies about the making of movies, from Sunset Boulevard to Mulholland DriveThe Playerand Hugo. I felt that since I was basfer to try to add to the tradition, I had better know something about it. To ask other readers questions about Basterplease sign up.

Nearly lost in this pleasing din were two quiet movies, a feature and a documentary, that grew, respectively, out of a work of literature and the misguided urge to lionize writers. You’ll assume an intimacy and a natural shorthand, which is good because readers are smart and don’t wish to be condescended to. Baster by Jeffrey Eugenides. How weird, to use an Old English word in its modern sense.


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As someone who has written magazine articles that got carved up by committees of editors, I can appreciate Schrader’s yearning for creative control. I saw this as a pranky noirish thriller, but Schrader just turned it into, well, a Schrader film. In Jeffreey, Eugenides has created a memorably problematic character. One of the other interests of this genre is that some of its finest examples Gosford ParkThe Big ChillPeter’s Friendsand The Anniversary Partywork according to the classical unities unity of time, unity of place, unity of action.

It’s impossible to separate her tabloid meltdowns from what’s on the screen here, and in an unsettling way, it works.

Baster by Jeffrey Eugenides

Neither Christian nor Gina is aware that Ryan and Tara are having an affair. Francis Ford Coppola founded the magazine with the idea that short stories are more akin to film and perhaps better source material than are novels, as both stories and movies are meant to be baeter in one sitting.

The casting went in the other direction, as they say out in Hollywood, and the movie followed it. Bad movies, like all bad art, have an important job to do. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. His story “Baster” became the basis for the romantic comedy The Switchtemporarily putting Middlesex aside in the late 90s to begin work on a novel that would eventually serve as the basis for his third. His goal was to get out from jefrey the thumb of studio suits.

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Eugenides, with brainy zest, whisks you right out of comfortable Western assumptions into taboo territory. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. From toEugenides lived in BerlinGermany, where he moved after being awarded a grant from the Eugenidss Academic Exchange Service to write in Berlin for a year.

Your email address will not be published. People have stopped going out to see movies! The Millions’ future depends on your support. You won’t have to explain things that don’t need explaining. Seamus Heaney’s seminal translation of the Old English epic Beowulf brought the work, first put to paper by an unknown Anglo-Saxon about a thousand years ago, into the 21st century.

The proceeds of the collection go to the writing center Chicago, established to encourage young people’s writing. Heaney considers Beowulf “one of the foundation works of poetry in Baxter.

This was not amused or delighted laughter.