IN THE MOODY FOR DEATH?
In the future, everything looks bright it's only the present that's dim. Such is the premise offered up as novelist Rick Moody reads and signs his novel The Four Fingers of Death ($25.99, Little, Brown and Company). In 2024, scribbler Montese Crandall attempts to shatter his writer's block by adapting the 1963 sci-fi horror film The Crawling Hand into a new novelization, even as his wife lies in a coma and he fritters away his time with space-age baseball cards. Moody, the author of The Ice Storm , revels in the faux future of the '60s, compared with the mo-faux future of a world 80 years later. It's a world in which banal routine represents the true horror and the prospect of a murderous, alien-possessed crawling arm livens up the doldrums of a brave new world better than practically anything else.
Wed., Sept. 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m., 2010
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