Couple items of note: In my review of Susan Orlean’s Rin Tin Tin, my only complaint was that there weren’t enough images (especially of the original dog) and my hope was that someone was putting together a documentary using Orlean’s work as its basis. My prayers are mostly answered! Orlean herself has put together a visual presentation — and she’s coming to Key West! Hooray! She’ll be at the Tropic on Monday, Nov. 21 — you can already buy tickets and you should do so. They’re $12 for Tropic members; $15 for nonmembers. This is especially welcome this year since I won’t make it to the Miami Book Fair (though if you are anywhere in South Florida and have the time and are interested in reading at all, I highly recommend it).
And, since I wrote about the Shakespeare authorship question and read a whole book about it — Contested Will by James Shapiro — I went to see Anonymous. As always, I enjoyed the Elizabethan sets and costumes. And it was way fun to see theater of that time presented in its original context. Vanessa Redgrave was great as Elizabeth and her daughter, Joely Richardson, was, too. I don’t really have a problem with historical inaccuracy in service of telling a dramatic story — Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, is one of my favorite movies ever. I watched the entire run of The Tudors, and enjoyed it, even though every single character was historically preposterous. But. I do have a problem with rampant inaccuracy (I’m no expert but I can rattle off about six in Anonymous without even trying) when you’re purporting to be truthtellers who are correcting a giant historical inaccuracy/conspiracy. And, I have to say: Rhys Ifans’ eye makeup. What was up with that???