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In books: Dylan Thomas, Barbara Stanwyck and more


Now available for literary getaways: Dylan Thomas' childhood home in Wales has been restored to look as it did when he was born there in 1914. The owners are renting out 5 Cwmdonkin Drive as an "experiential self-catering holiday home" -- no TV or phone, but a 1914 newspaper and free rein to write or sleep in Thomas' tiny room. The BBC has a tour.

It's not open yet, but in 2009, cartoonist Charles Addams' great creation, the Addams Family, is heading to Broadway as a musical. Make no mistake, it'll be Addams drawings, not the the TV or movie versions, that'll be the basis of the production. (So that creepy/kooky/scary/spooky song probably won't be included.)

More on the settlement between Google and publishers: Boris Kachka tallies how publishers have gone through $125 million in shoppping list form ("$8 million: One over-hyped follow-up historical novel.")

In his new omnibus "Have You Seen...? A Personal Introduction to 1000 Films" longtime movie reviewer David Thomson shares his feelings about notable and notorious films. In "Ball of Fire," he says Barbara Stanwyck is "saucy, naughty, and as quick as a shortstop." Decide for yourself -- she's in the clip after the jump.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo credit: 5 Cwmdonkin Drive

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