Tuesday News: Olivier and Leigh’s love letters, from Wal-Mart to library, Superman’s new costume, and writing as a job
Olivier wrote more than 200 letters to Gone With The Wind star Leigh during their affair, which begun in 1939 and ended with their divorce in 1960.
In the early years of their affair, when they were both still married so had to conceal their relationship, Olivier candidly expresses his sexual desire for Leigh.
In one undated letter, believed to be from 1938 or 1939, he wrote: “I woke up absolutely raging with desire for you my love… Oh dear God how I did want you. Perhaps you were stroking your darling self.” –The Telegraph
Officials in McAllen, Texas, were faced with this problem when their local Walmart shut down. Instead of letting the giant store sit vacant, they did something amazing. They transformed it into the largest single-floor public library in America. –Grow Food-Not Lawns
Some people are saying it resembles Henry Cavill’s Batman v Superman costume, but I’m not really seeing that. While the BvS costume is more colorful than its Man of Steel predecessor, Jim Lee’s Superman design wasn’t exactly washed out.
Personally, I was never a huge fan of Jim Lee’s take, so I’m happy the big guy is getting a new look. At first glance, this one seems like an improvement. It’s certainly not what my ideal Superman costume would look like, but it works for me. This is just one image, though – we’ll have to wait to see what it looks like in the hands of other artists and across a number of issues. –Screen Rant
Really, the last person you want answering this question is a professional writer, someone in whose daily life the concepts of inspiration, obligation, craft, ambition and economic survival have grown together into a paradoxical tangle. Of course we’re going to lean toward saying writing is a calling — that’s our job (or at the least, our way of soothing ourselves for not having found a better-paying one). Who wouldn’t choose the role of literature’s divinely chosen handservant over that of some schmo hustling to meet a deadline? There are many days — today is one, to be honest — when I am just that schmo, beset by overlapping commitments, late on bills, typing the same sentence over and over with minuscule variations that somehow make it worse each time, wishing I had learned a proper trade — carpentry maybe, or coding. But that moment in the sycamore tree still feels to me like a kind of summons, and I’m glad I answered. –New York Times