In re: "I can’t help feeling a bit depressed that so many of the cool new writers are dead."
Why "any reading is good reading" is not a great defense of reading.
The great books of the here and now may be wholly invisible to us except in retrospect.
When SF is written by people who are fans of nothing but SF, it's bad news.
Creators have to cultivate a sense of history.
Over at Vertical, Inc., they're in the process of setting up a bunch of new licensing requests -- some of them in-house items, some gleaned from wishlists provided by fans. I didn't figure they could talk specifics -- like Criterion...
Anime fans ought to be at least passingly familiar with Hakkenden, the 13-episode adaptation of Bakin Takizawa's feudal-era epic about eight reincarnated warriors embodying different samurai ideals. Readers of this site probably remember the Sonny Chiba live-action version, directed by...