Lisa Schwarzbaum, the longtime Entertainment Weekly film critic who left the magazine in 2013, has a new home away from home: Amtrak. Schwarzbaum is one of 24 writers named to Amtrak’s first residency program, which offers them a chance to plug in and type as they chug-chug around the country. (Good luck with the wi-fi, though.) Schwarzbaum isn’t ready to reveal what she’ll be working on just yet, or what route she’ll be taking, but she did say, “I
(seriously) think that looking at the world’s biggest IMAX screen is a
punier experience than watching real America roll by.”
Also among the Amtrak Residents — who you can, naturally, follow via Amtrak’s blog and the #AmtrakResidency hashtag — is Glenn Weldon, a regular panelist on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour whose next book is on “the intersection of Batman and nerd culture.” Did you ever ride the quiet car by the pale moonlight?