On the beaches of northwest Florida a few weeks ago, I witnessed an absolute phenomenon. For as far as the eye could see, women and men were sitting on their towels and beach chairs reading books, each with the same bright yellow cover. It created a glare that could probably be seen from space. Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is the book de jour, becoming a sort of wallpaper in airports, on planes, and at beaches and poolsides across the world. The book has actually been around for some time, the first in a trilogy discovered after Larsson's death in 2004. But word of mouth has catapulted the book into the realm of The Da Vinci Code lately. In addition to being popular among the Oprah Book Club crowd (which, you know, discourages the SERIOUS readers from picking it up), Larsson's book is also an intriguing thriller, an enjoyable read and a pretty interesting criminological commentary. And while casting talks are still underway for the U.S. film version of the movie (Brad Pitt? Daniel Craig? George Clooney?), the acclaimed Swedish version is already in theaters. I guarantee it'll be better than any bloated, Kristen Stewart-starring mess that Hollywood comes up with. See it before it gets the Hollywood treatment at the Modern, 3200 Darnell St. in Fort Worth, as part of the Magnolia at the Modern Series. Tickets are $8.50--or $6.50 for Modern members--for the show, which plays at 6 and 8:45 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 4:45 p.m. Sunday. Visit themodern.org/magnolia.
June 25-27, 2010