Manuel Betancourt

'Books' Posts

Hanya Yanagihara & A Little Life at #MashReads

“Orgasmic Man” (detail) (1969) by Peter Hujar which covers Yanagihara’s novel, A Little Life

My favorite book so far this year is Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, a novel I’ve grown to describe as a sudden gentle caress in the dark: unexpected, frightening, moving, and discomforting though not altogether unwelcome. Yanagihara’s mammoth novel (it clocks ...

Mondays with Manuel: I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Mondays with Manuel is a new ongoing series here at the blog wherein I am watching all the films referenced in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair (1974). If the name sounds familiar, it is because Puig gave us that other Hollywood-obsessed book (turned film/turned play/turned musical) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976). In his 1974 police novel, Puig opens every ...

Mondays with Manuel: Gilda (1946)

 

Mondays with Manuel is a new ongoing series here at the blog wherein I am watching all the films referenced in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair (1974). If the name sounds familiar, it is because Puig gave us that other Hollywood-obsessed book (turned film/turned play/turned musical) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976). In his 1974 police novel, Puig opens every ...

The $11 Billion Year, or How 2012 gets the play-by-play treatment

The $11 Billion Year; From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System by Anne Thompson

Despite its subtitle, there’s little that feels diagnostic (rather than anecdotal, though of course not for that any less true) about Thompson’s “inside look.”

Anne Thompson is a great read online. I have been a longtime fan ...

Mondays with Manuel: The Letter (1940)

Mondays with Manuel is a new ongoing series here at the blog wherein I am watching all the films referenced in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair (1974). If the name sounds familiar, it is because Puig gave us that other Hollywood-obsessed book (turned film/turned play/turned musical) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976). In his 1974 police novel, Puig opens every ...

Coming soon, or How my Dissertation has a teaser trailer now

These past two weeks I had the pleasure of participating in the Summer Immersive at Plangere Culture Lab (Rutgers) led by Richard Miller. Designed as a two-week intensive workshop on multimedia scholarship, we touched on relevant and provocative issues surrounding teaching and scholarship in a Web 2.0 world (everything from copyright to social media promotion).

We ...

Mondays with Manuel: Grand Hotel (1932)

 

Mondays with Manuel is a new ongoing series here at the blog wherein I am watching all the films referenced in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair (1974). If the name sounds familiar, it is because Puig gave us that other Hollywood-obsessed book (turned film/turned play/turned musical) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976). In his 1974 police novel, Puig opens every ...

Mondays with Manuel: Dishonored (1931)

Mondays with Manuel is a new ongoing series here at the blog wherein I am watching all the films referenced in Manuel Puig’s The Buenos Aires Affair (1974). If the name sounds familiar, it is because Puig gave us that other Hollywood-obsessed book (turned film/turned play/turned musical) Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976). In his 1974 police novel, Puig opens every ...

Mondays with Manuel: Camille (1936)

As I continue trying to keep up with blogging while trying to write a dissertation, I decided to make a blogging project that could double up as dissertation work. One of my chapters is on Argentine writer Manuel Puig. You may recognize him as he wrote one of the best novels about what it feels ...

Important Artifacts, or How BUY THIS NOW!

Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, including books, street fashion, and jewelry is, to put it lightly one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. Sure, sue me because the only reason I looked it up was because Ms Portman and Mr Pitt have recently ...