Wolf in White Van is the debut novel by John Darnielle, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. It follows Sean, who, as a teenager, survived a self-inflicted “accident” only to become horribly disfigured. Since the event, Sean lives even more so inside his mind, his imagination transfiguring the minutiae of everyday life into dramatic plots. He makes a living writing a mail-order game, where survivors of a reactor meltdown journey to a remote fortress, somewhere in Kansas, the Trace Italian. Darnielle is the frontman of The Mountain Goats, whose 2009 album 'The Life of the World to Come' was inspired by which book?


While shooting a scene in David O. Selznick's production of Gone With the Wind, Bette Davis abruptly abdicates the coveted role of Scarlett O'Hara, for which she campaigned, when not allowed to play the Southern belle as a secret abolitionist. Davis is replaced by former Chaplin co-star Paulette Goddard, who plays Scarlett as a secret abolitionist anyway. When asked by Hearst gossip-monger Louella Parsons whether he prefers playing opposite Davis or Goddard, lead Clark Gable replies, “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a fuck.”