1. John Scalzi’s AMC column is about the long odds against any book being adapted into a movie. He couches it as bad news, but I don’t see it that way. In my feckless youth, I pined for my favorite books to be adapted into movies; now (principally after the Dune adaptations, but also thinking of the Jackson LotR and the TV version of Earthsea) I fear that they may be.
2. It looks like there’s going to be a “new” Tolkien book: The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun. I’d be psyched, except that it seems to be a verse narrative. I don’t think Tolkien was at his best in those.
3. Josh Marshall of TPM.com name-checks my favorite Roman philosopher, Seneca. It’s just the old line about “The Fates lead the willing but drag the unwilling,” which is really a translation from Cleanthes anyway. Still, that makes this a banner day.
4. Hence: this. (See what I did there?)