Boyd Tonkin in the Independent ponders the magic of eleven-seven in a beautifully written tribute to the author behind the Oscar :
Sorry, Douglas Adams. The answer is not 42. It is 117. But what was the question? In No Country for Old Men, Cormac McCarthy's soul-chilling killer Anton Chigurh pursues another deadly piece of business to a motel door that bears that number. In The Road, the prior apocalypse whose aftermath the book recounts has taken place at 1.17, precisely, on an unknown date.Ooops. Tonkin has missed a reference to Chigurh noticing a clock which reads 1.17 on a later page of No Country.
What is it about Paul Auster (right) and a ringing telephone?
Ben Naparstek meets the author in the Age and finds how two wrong numbers gave Auster the inspiration for a novel.