Wednesday News: Chris Harrison’s romance novel, alleged new Shakespeare portrait, Marvel v. DC fan film, and a skull fashioned from vinyl records
PS: What inspired you to write a romance novel?
CH: I love to write and it kind of spawned out of an encounter I had with Nicholas Sparks about five years ago at an event, and I’m a huge fan of his. We became friendly and talked about his job and my job, and we have a lot of the same fans and a lot of the same notions of what drives his books and my show; it was very interesting. So out of that spawned this dream that I would do the same and write a book. I actually emailed him not too long ago and said, “You know that meeting we had? Something came of it.” So he congratulated me and said good luck, and it meant a lot to me. –Pop Sugar
They are the author Gerard, Rembert Dodoens, a renowned Flemish botanist, and Queen Elizabeth’s Lord Treasurer, Lord Burghley.
The fourth man holds a fritillary and an ear of sweetcorn – plants which Griffiths says point to Shakespeare’s poem Venus and Adonis and his play Titus Andronicus.
Below the bearded fourth man – who wears a laurel wreath – was “an ingenious cipher of the kind loved by the Elizabethan aristocracy” which, when decoded, confirmed his identity as “William Shakespeare”. –BBC News
There’s a whole cottage industry that does nothing but Marvel/DC crossover videos on the Internet, but mostly they’re brief, often using found footage, and when not, many of them look pretty cheap.
YouTuber Saruhan Saral has posted a new, 10-minute-long animated video, tohugh, and it’s pretty cool, as long as you’re there more for the cool action beats than for characters acting like themselves. –ComicBook.com
Noah Scalin’s work explores the theme of transience – specifically the temporary nature of our individual lives and tenuous nature of human existence on the planet. Rooted in the medieval concept of memento mori, a reflection on mortality meant to spur a greater reverence for life and reevaluation of priorities, Scalin’s work asks us to take notice of everyday moments.
The Taoist concept of balance – the idea that dark is required to understand light; that destruction is what makes creation valuable – is an ever-present theme in Scalin’s work. Images of death and violence are contrasted with objects and subjects that represent the greatest intellectual and technological achievements of humankind. Thus, Scalin underscores the grey area that lies between innovation and devastation. –NOAH SCALIN