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Best Netflix Streaming Movies for Readers: Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature

netflixlogo.pngThousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

To help literary minded movie fans with Netflix accounts surf through the overwhelming selection, here are our ten favorite Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature from the “Watch Instantly” section of Netflix. We also made a list of the ten best plays adapted into films that you can watch instantly on Netflix. Add your favorites from the Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature in the comments–we’ll do more lists for other adaptation categories soon.

Starting Out in the Evening: This Brian Morton novel adaptation stars the brilliant Frank Langella

Devil in a Blue Dress: Denzel Washington stars in this smoking adaptation of Walter Mosley‘s novel.

Iris: A critically-acclaimed adaptation of John Bayley‘s memoir about author Iris Murdoch.

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Poet Jim Carroll Has Died

bd1cov.jpgSinger, poet, and spoken word artist Jim Carroll passed away over the weekend, leaving behind a bookshelf of poetry books and a collection of music that included the hypnotic single “People Who Died.”

As an underground New York poet in 1978, Carroll published a memoir about his drug-fueled youth entitled, “The Basketball Diaries.” Many years later, Leonardo DiCaprio would star in an adaptation of the book. The hardworking poet was compared to Bob Dylan for his work with The Jim Carroll Band. According to his website, he died at his writing desk.

Fellow poet and singer Patti Smith had this tribute at the NY Times: “I met him in 1970, and already he was pretty much universally recognized as the best poet of his generation … The work was sophisticated and elegant. He had beauty.”