arts 09.3.14

Fall Preview
Part 2

First rule of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel, is you do not talk about Gone Girl (except to someone who has finished the book). The David Fincher-directed film version, with a screenplay by Ms. Flynn, stars Ben Affleck and opens a month from today.

The runways may have surprises in store, but Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe at the Brooklyn Museum is a guaranteed autumn high for shoe lovers. Over 160 designs from all the major names past and present.

With a Little Help From My Fwends is the forthcoming Flaming Lips cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album, recorded with some serious friends, including Moby, My Morning Jacket, Tegan & Sara, Dr. Dog and outlier Miley Cyrus… We're waiting impatiently for the new album of original songs by British singer Rumer. One of the cuts on her 2011 debut album, Thankful, is, in our book, among the prettiest pop songs ever… The fall will see the release of two albums by Prince: Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum, which features his trio, 3rdEyeGirl… At the White Light Festival on November 4, r&b and gospel great Mavis Staples performs from her album One True Vine… We're also looking forward to new albums from Stars, TV on the Radio and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O.

The astringent title character of Elizabeth Strout's moving novel, Olive Kitteridge, will be played by Frances McDormand in the HBO adaptation airing in November.

There are novels from top-tier literary types, but first on our list is from the Minister of Silly Walks: So, Anyway…, John Cleese's memoir, is out November 4. Mr. Cleese will be talking with John Hodgman at BAM on November 5, where, one hopes, the conversation will touch on Eva Prawn and Waldorf salads… From the exquisite writer Colm Tóibín, Nora Webster, the story of a young Irish widow and her four children… Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie looks to be the historical fiction hit of the year… Historical fiction doyenne Hilary Mantel focuses on the contemporary in a collection of short stories under the title The Assassination of Margaret ThatcherThe Peripheral is a new novel by William Gibson—which is all we need to know to put it on our must-read list… British novelist Ian McEwan has written The Children Act and he's said to be in fine form.

Fall Preview - Part 1


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