Letters from the Lunar Outpost

But the nearer the dawn the darker the night, And by going wrong all things come right; Things have been mended that were worse, And the worse, the nearer they are to mend.
- Longfellow, American Poet (1807-1882)

Mara Rooney as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

That chick was badass, wasn’t she? So the movie’s been out for a while, but I finally got a chance to catch The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last night on one of the movie channels and it was a great adaptation, great acting, good pacing, but it really got me to remembering how much I’d enjoyed that book.  Man, what was it that got me stalled on the second book in the series? I forget, but I just cued it up again on my Sanza and I’m going to enjoy The Girl Who Played with Fire all the way through this time.

Watching that movie last night also called for a mandatory re-read of Christopher Hitchens’ Vanity Fair article, Stieg Larsson: The Author Who Played with Fire. Hitchens’ somewhat biting critique of Larsson’s style and his foray into Larsson’s background and the underlying politics both provide a healthy skeptic’s perspective of the books without totally trashing them. Then of course, he also goes into the conspiracy theories and Larsson’s premature death just at the moment as he was about to witness his tidal wave of success strike shores across the globe.

A very untimely death it was, or was it that someone finally managed to take this crusader against the Swedish neo-Nazis down?

If you’re a fan of the books, Hitchens’ take on Larsson and the Millennium Trilogy is well worth the read.

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