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Title, Release Date for ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel Revealed

The novel Call Me By Your Name, written by André Aciman, was turned into the critically-acclaimed 2017 film starring Armie Hammer and Timotheé Chalamet. It followed the romantic relationship between seventeen-year-old Elio and twenty-four-year-old Oliver.


Fans of the book, as well as the film’s stars, have been clamoring for a sequel. Early in December, Aciman answered their prayers and tweeted that he was writing a new story.


Now, the title and publication date has been revealed.


Titled Find Me, it fill follow Elio, Oliver, and Elio’s father Samuel as they all go on separate personal journeys that will test all of their individual relationships several years after the events of the first novel.


First reported by Vulture, Aciman commented on what the sequel means to him.


“The world of ‘Call Me by Your Name’ never left me. Though I created the characters and was the author of their lives, what I never expected was that they’d end up teaching me things about intimacy and about love that I didn’t quite think I knew until I’d put them down on paper. The film made me realize that I wanted to be back with them and watch them over the years — which is why I wrote ‘Find Me’.”


Find Me will be released on October 29th.



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Check Out the Incredible New ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Poster

The final season of Game Of Thrones can’t come fast enough. Every little tidbit of news and information that comes out makes the wait even more exciting. And with the new season comes a new season poster.


Each poster for GOT hints at what is to come in the new season. This poster features the sword from the Iron Throne melding with the head of one of Daenerys’ dragons.

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Earlier, HBO released character specific posters with several GOT favorites sitting on the Iron Throne.

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Does this new poster hint that Daenerys will take the throne? Or is it possibly the undead dragon Viserion wreaking havoc on the seven kingdoms and Rhaegal and Drogon must stop him? Only time will tell.



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‘Bird Box’ Author Confirms Sequel Set for Release This Year

To the delight of Wal-Mart and Dollar Tree employees everywhere, blindfold sales have skyrocketed in the past few months. T-shirts have been torn, cloth cut—blinders have been made. This is thanks to Netflix’s 2018 film Bird Box (A Quiet Place‘s cooler, less compelling younger brother); a critical “eh” yet cultural phenomenon based on the novel of the same name by author Josh Malerman.

Their stories revolve around the character of Malorie, a woman who enjoys sailing and running through the woods blindfolded—while tripping over branches and shrubbery. Well, not really. Characters in this post-apocalyptic world use a blindfold to avoid the enticing/suicide inducing visions of the eldritch—invisible creatures that now haunt the Earth. Viewers of the film seemed to admire those trained to function without eyesight…. The resulting #BirdBoxChallenge sparked an onslaught of chaos as people attempted to complete tasks blindfolded. It got so bad that one woman even crashed her car! We reported this story months ago so if you want more information regarding the incident, click here!



Netflix had to issue a warning:



Regardless, some of the less-harmful memes (arguably the 21st century’s greatest societal contribution), as always, have been spectacular.


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When Malerman’s novel came out in 2014, it received a warm reception from the literary community; although, the cultural impact it had was nowhere near that of the car crash, and Will Smith’s genie trashing social media whirlwind. Malerman’s novel probably was overlooked by some—The Happening and The Road were released around the same time with similar apocalyptic themes. It seemed that in 2014, frantic adults ran around with their eyes closed in every movie theater and on every page.


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A sequel to the 2014 novel entitled Malorie (Sandra Bullock’s titular character) has been confirmed with a release date of October 1st, 2019. In an interview with Esquire, Malerman not only reiterated confirmation of his upcoming sequel but offered up a few other details:


“In the time between Bird Box coming out and the time since I’ve been writing Malorie, I’ve been asked a ton of times: people want to know what happened with Boy and Girl. But as much as I care about Boy and Girl, this isn’t their story. The Bird Box world is Malorie’s story, and I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to get to know her even better.”


The story is set to take place eight years after the ending of Bird Box; it’s worth noting that the book and film differed upon their conclusions. The film ends on a hopeful note—Malorie, Boy, and Girl safely make it to a school for the blind where the two children finally receive proper names. In the book, however, the three find a greenhouse community where everyone has blinded themselves on purpose. So yeah, that’s a bit more brutal and less convenient than the film. The novel’s ending will undoubtedly influence the sequel’s plot—and it will be interesting to see how the inevitable film adaptation differs. I’m sure the subsequent online debauchery will make up for any shortcomings in storytelling.


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‘Wayward Children’ Is Headed To Syfy

Syfy is developing so many exciting new shows in the coming months, and another crazy one is headed to the network!


The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that an adaptation of the Wayward Children series is in development. The fourbook novella series takes place in a world where students who return from trips to magical worlds are sent to a mysterious boarding school to readjust to becoming ordinary children again. When the children start turning up dead, those that remain must find the killer if they want to return to their magical worlds.


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Seanan McGuire is the author of the books, and she took to Twitter to express her excitement about the news but informed fans that she does not have any involvement in the writing of the series.





Since the project is still in the early stages of development, there is no word yet on casting or filming dates.



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W.S. Merwin standing in a well-foliaged area of Hawaii.

American Poet W.S. Merwin Has Died at 91

Your absence has gone through me
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.

-W.S. Merwin, “Separation”


The world of poetry has lost one of its brightest and longest-burning lights this week. W.S. Merwin, a prolific American poet and environmental activist, has died at the age of 91 in Hai’ku, Hawaii. Those of you familiar with Merwin’s work understand the depth of loss that has occurred, and those of you who aren’t can consider this an opportunity to make the best of the situation and read through the repertoire of this exceedingly talented artist.


W.S. Merwin in his garden
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While we mourn his passing, no one can deny that the life Merwin lead took every advantage of the 91 years he spent on this planet. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927, just two years before the stock market crash that would set off the events of the Great Depression. The first indication of Merwin’s poetic leanings came when he was only five years old, assisting his father, a Presbyterian minister, by writing hymns. Merwin’s love of language was planted in him by his father’s ministry, specifically a reading of Chapter Six in the book of Isaiah. In an interview with Paul Holdengräber in 2017, he said:


I was so taken by the sound of the language that I had memorized it just by hearing it…. I thought, “I have to find more language like that because I really want that to be part of my life.”


Sadly, Merwin’s home life was not safe. The same father who exposed him to the love of language he would build his career on was also abusive, forcing the adolescent Merwin to act as protector on behalf of himself and his mother. These protective instincts may also be the trait that prompted his later work in conservancy.


A young W.S. Merwin
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Merwin graduated from Princeton University in 1948, and spent his post-grad years as many Americans with the means chose to do: traveling across Europe. It is believed that the landscape of his home in the Midi Pyrenees region of France had a major influence on his work.


Merwin’s first-ever collection of poetry, A Mask for Januspublished in 1952, caught the attention of W.H. Auden— this should instill some hope in those with writing aspirations. This first volume of work drew upon classical literature, but Merwin’s successive volumes would become more experimental over time, eventually evolving into the “impersonal, indirect, and open style that eschewed punctuation” that he became known for.


Merwin relocated to Hai’ku Hawaii, (and I must say, Hai’ku sounds like a brilliant choice of residence for a poet) in 1976, at the age of 49, where he purchased a plot of land with the intention of restoring it to health after having been ravaged by exploitative farming practices. Merwin accomplished this goal, and it became one of the crowning achievements of his life outside of writing. Merwin was a staunch anti-war and environmental activist, attitudes that come across very strongly in his work. Merwin’s worldview may best be explained by his subscription to the philosophy of deep ecology, which aims to de-center humanity’s role on earth, i.e., humans are not the best thing since sliced bread, we are just one form of life that emerged from a vast primordial pool that spawned an unknowable amount of creatures currently populating the planet. In his lifetime, Merwin and his wife Paula (née Dunaway, a children’s books editor who passed in 2017) founded a non-profit called The Merwin Conservancy, to which the revitalized Hai’ku property will now be donated.


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W.S. and Paula Merwin | Image via The Merwin Conservancy


W.S Merwin’s work is hosted online by The Poetry Foundation, and can be read by anyone, for free, here. The Merwin Conservancy accepts donations, and you may find the link to do so here.


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