Defamer has a film obitchuary for the Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet vehicle, Revolutionary Road, and its failure to sucker Oscar voters into giving it a single nomination. (“Good Fucking Riddance, Revolutionary Road.”) One hoped-for outcome of the Academy Award snub, Defamer says, is “a foreseeable end to the public gang-rape of source novelist Richard Yates.”
In fact, Yates' 1961 novel is flying off L.A. library shelves — this week all 26 of the library's circulating copies of the book are nowhere to be found in any of the 19 branches that carry them. A glance at the LAPL's Web catalogue for the book shows novel to either be “Checked Out” or “In Transit.” (Ditto for the audio CD version.) The movie tie-in edition of Revolutionary Road is also currently Number 43 on Amazon.com — above Thomas Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded, and below the Book Two of the Twilight Saga.