Today’s beer: Unibroue’s Maudite
Today’s books: A whole lotta Buster Keaton goin’ on
My next film series, on Buster Keaton, starts on Thursday. (Go here for details.) So, it’s high time I get serious with my research. Not to toot my own horn, but I worked on Buster Keaton: Interviews, edited by Kevin W. Sweeney, so I’m familiar with that one, but wanted to revisit it. Keaton’s memoir, My Wonderful World of Slapstick, seems like an essential read, despite my distrust of the genre. Multiple sources told me that Kevin Brownlow’s The Parade’s Gone By… is the classic film studies book on the silent era, as Brownlow interviewed the stars, directors, and producers of this era himself, and is the crowned king of silent-film knowledge. I ran into Jean-Patrick Lebel’s monograph in the library, and looks to be one of the first critical studies devoted solely to Keaton. (Of course, the French got there first. Lebel published it in 1964; the English-language translation appeared here in 1967.) I’m looking forward to all of this. Oh, the beer: Unibroue makes Fin du Monde, too, which is one of my favorite cheap–well, relatively cheap–Belgian ales. Maudite’s a little heavier, considerably more red in coloration, and less sweet. I like the bittersweet aftertaste better than the, you know, taste. But the taste is delicious, honeyed and with a citrus bite.