Another of my favorite novels is coming to the big screen. Keira Knightley will star in Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Never Let Me Go, an extraordinary science fiction novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, author or The Remains of the Day.

But there’s a problem here. The book is a fantastic read, in part because of the slow, painstaking pace at which the author makes an unsettling revelation. In summaries of the movie, that revelation is being announced right off the bat, blatantly spoiling any kind of intrigue or surprise. The novel’s powerful sense of mystery, of something being not quite right in the characters’ community, is ruined.

So trust me: If you want the best possible experience of this great story, read the book right away and shut out all announcements about the movie adaptation. Even a one-sentence summary may spoil the twist for you.


Sam Phillips, Fiona Apple, and Patty Griffin are among the chanteuses chanteus-ing on this tribute album to Cy Coleman. I suspect you’re having the same reaction I did. “Cy … who?”

I didn’t know about Andy Warhol’s apparent Christian faith until my friend Jacques showed me this story. Fascinating.

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