Samuel Beckett’s murderous picnic in Malone Dies

Samuel Beckett’s murderous picnic in Malone Dies

Time and details in Beckett’s Malone Dies are contradictory and often obscure. Events of the narrative are especially confusing, especially as it reaches a bloody climax that ends with a picnic where six people are hacked to death. This event is related by the...
Dreiser’s horrid picnic in An American Tragedy

Dreiser’s horrid picnic in An American Tragedy

Years after, Chester Gillette clubbed Grace Brown with a tennis racquet and left her to drown in Moose Lake, New York, Theodore Dreiser came upon the story and recreated it as An American Tragedy. The real murder had no picnic but Dreiser’s unacknowledged fictional...
Picnic at Zodiac’s Knife Point

Picnic at Zodiac’s Knife Point

David Fincher’s Zodiac is an unfaithful adaptation of Robert Graysmith’s sometimes-fictionalized reportage Zodiac (1986) both of which attempt to unravel the Zodiac serial killings in the San Francisco Bay area during 1968-70. What is true, is that when Bryan Hartnell...