I was thinking yesterday of a recent book and a forthcoming record in which I am interested. Then I thought of a film, then another book, then another film. I might as well make a quick list of them:
- Bob Dylan — Tempest: The great man’s 35th studio album. Few details are available, but we do know that the title track is 14 minutes long. It will be released September 10.
- David Bentley Hart — The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Hart’s first published volume of short fiction includes a novella and a bundle of short stories. I am half through it, and am enjoying it tremendously. More anon.
- The Master: P.T. Anderson’s new film, shrouded in mystery, but slated for theatrical release in mid-September. Anderson is a sufficiently gifted filmmaker that I am always intrigued to see what he has done, even if the results are sometimes mixed. The film’s trailer:
- Mumford & Sons — Babel: Yes, the much anticipated sophomore record from this terrific band finally has a release date: September 25. Here is a live version of “Lover’s Eyes”, one of the new songs:
- John Gerard, S.J. — Autobiography of a Hunted Priest: I notice that Ignatius Press has reprinted this classic account of priestly subterfuge in Elizabethan (and Jacobian) England. I wrote about this book a few years ago (under the alternate title Autobiography of an Elizabethan), and had nothing but praise for it. This is the real deal: a primary source, seventeenth-century record of what it was like to be a Jesuit priest in England when such was considered treasonous. It has been hard to find; Ignatius Press is to be thanked for changing that.
- Damsels in Distress: I missed Whit Stillman’s most recent film when it was (briefly) in theatres earlier this year, but the DVD will be available September 25. It is doubtful whether one can really get the flavour of a Stillman film from a trailer, but here is one anyway:
- Weinberg — String Quartets, Vol.6 (Quatuor Danel): In my opinion, one of the most revelatory recording projects of the past few decades has been Quatuor Danel’s survey of the string quartets of Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Many of these quartets have been recorded here for the first time, and the results have been entrancing and amazing. These quartets contain seriously great music. The sixth volume brings the project to a close, and I can hardly wait to hear it. It will apparently be available July 31.
- To the Wonder: Terrence Malick’s next feature film, after the astounding The Tree of Life, is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in about a month. I haven’t been able to find anything about a general theatrical release date, but one would hope that it would follow within a few months. (I notice it will also be showing at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. A happy thought occurs to me, but I doubt I can swing it…)
Did I miss anything?