Here's another Halloween treat: my pal John Marks has interviewed Stephen King for Salon, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the publication of The Stand. You can read the interview here, and listen to it here. It's pretty interesting stuff, all about the writing of the book, King's religious background, his current spiritual beliefs, the current election, and the end of the world. Not necessarily in that order.
My friend John Marks never does things halfway; it's balls to the wall, or not at all. So not only is he touring with Reasons to Believe, his wonderful new book about evangelical Christianity, he's touring with A Purple State of Mind, the new film he's made with his old Davidson College roommate, Craig Detweiler. (Watch the trailer here.) Craig and John's years of sharing a room coincided with the first stirrings of Craig's faith, and the last stirrings of John's, and they've made a terrific, funny, and moving film about it, chronicling their history as friends and their diametrically opposed (but still respectfully and affectionately expressed) views on faith.
Today, a shameless plug for a new book and a new movie from my good friend John Marks over at the Purple State of John. John's a gifted novelist, a veteran journalist, a fluent speaker of German, a lover of country music and barbecue, and my partner in horror movie self-indulgence (Rawhead Rex, anyone? Hellraiser IV? Tombs of the Blind Dead? No?). Here are three things you need to know about John:
John Marks has a fascinating post about Mark Bowden's Atlantic article about David Simon. John's a journalist as well as a novelist, and his take is vastly more knowledeable than mine.
For a different take on No Country for Old Men, from a native Texan and a considerable novelist in his own right, read my buddy John Marks over at the Purple State of John. (I'll let him explain the title of that blog.) John and I got to be friends during the long hot summers in Iowa City in the late 80s, when we were at the Writers' Workshop together. We were the only horror movie fans in Iowa City, apparently, because we were often the only two people in the Astro Theater during screenings of 976-Evil and Hellraiser. Hellraiser I, that is, though I believe we subsequently saw II, III, and IV, together, too. Not like it's anything to be proud of. If you've ever read any of our books—and you should—this obsession with low-rent horror explains a lot.
In which I mostly write about books, movies, and TV. An all-purpose spoiler alert: Sometimes I will talk about these works on the assumption that the reader's already read or seen them, so if you haven't, be forewarned.
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