Saturday, May 8, 2010

Books on cinema: New genre catches up

Aamir Khan rues the loss of a bookstore which was possibly at walking distance from his house. Lotus, a niche bookstore where he browsed frequently and which boasted a die-hard tribe of loyalists, also had a great collection of books on cinema, as another loyalist recalls, it stocked the scripts of Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon long before people had even heard about them.

Though Khan frequents his neighbourhood bookstore (Danai) even today, the avid reader has moved on to Kindle —the e-book reader from and uses their whispernet to download all the books he wants.

“It is so easy to read and use. And it allows you to make notes, collate and store it. So, if someone like me can use it, anyone can,” says Khan, who readily admits that he is no tech geek. Of course, Khan’s search, like many other serious students of cinema was not restricted to books on Indian cinema but stretched from books on story-telling, to biographies, screenplays and scriptwriting by authors like Willaim Goldman, Robert Mckee, Elia Kazan and François Truffaut.

Full report here Economic Times 

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