Almost a decade ago, Gothamist had to tackle reading Boccacio's The Decameron for Columbia's Literature Humanities class in the Core Curriculum. And now, we realize that nothing is sacred as we hear that Mischa Barton is going to be the new movie adaptation of The Decameron, playing Pampinea. The Decameron involves bawdy tales of young, beautiful and wealthy people right after the Black Death, and we understand why producer Dino De Laurentiis wants to adapt it. But frankly, we might welcome the Black Death before we see freaking Mischa "More Wooden Than Your Average Tree" Barton in a period piece.

We'll stick to the fun adaptation that Pasolini did of The Decameron in the 1970s. Brown University has a great website about The Decameron and Boccaccio Decameron on Amazon. And speaking of Columbia's core curriculum, check out David Denby look at the core, Great Books.