Seeing favorite fiction made into film is not always a delight

My January 25, 2022 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

We’ve all had the experience of feeling disappointed when the film version of a favorite book doesn’t measure up. ¶ My most vivid memory of such a letdown came after seeing Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 “The Great Gatsby.” All wrong. ¶ More recently, Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor,” an adaptation of Olga Tokarczuk’s 2018 International Man Booker Prize-winning “Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead,” didn’t cut it for me.

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Poems and prose provide insight into our canine friends

My December 29, 2020 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

Here’s what I love about my dog, Bodie. He doesn’t worry about the Supreme Court, climate change or the point of life. He’s all about eating, sleeping and running (off-leash whenever possible). ¶ I realize I lost a number of you with my first sentence. And pre-COVID-19, I would have been among those who tuned out.

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