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Flannery O’Connor, A Short Story Review

By on Jan 28, 2016 in Non-Fiction, Reviews, Short Story Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing | 1 comment

O'Connor's metaphors and character descriptions are so vivid they jar the mind. Her writing is energetic and barbed with such naked honesty it initially struck me as rude or written by a rube but nothing could be further from the...

Svetlana Alexievich, Chernobyl and the Nobel Prize

By on Oct 24, 2015 in Book Reviews, Creative Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 5 comments

Svetlana Alexievich Svetlana Alexievich wrote Voices from Chernobyl: A History of a Nuclear Disaster, a compilation of the stories of many people tied together by one uncomfortable fact; they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were there when the Chernobyl plant...

The Clouds of Sils Maria

By on May 27, 2015 in Movie Reviews, Reviews, Uncategorized | 4 comments

Clouds of Sils Maria The movie, Clouds of Sils Maria, is cerebral and some reviewers call it pretentious. When I've told people it's a great  movie they want to know what it's about and I respond, "It's about an middle-aged woman who questions her relevance as an older actress," and they look bored. "Oh no," I say, it's exciting....

Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance-A Movie Review

By on Nov 23, 2014 in Movie Reviews, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Uncategorized, Writing | 2 comments

I loved this movie. It had just the right combination of dark humor, zaniness and bookishness for my tastes. I laughed often and hard although it was the kind of laughter that explodes out of me when something bad has happened or almost happened. It's an embarrassed kind of laughter. Birdman was an honest and piercingly transparent look at the 55-year-old character of Riggan Thomson whose hope for a second chance at stardom propels the plot toward its resolution. Riggan's humanity is exposed and oozes out on the screen. How honest is this movie? When I prepared calf's liver in the past I used to surgically cut out the whitish bile ducts from the gelatinous mass of floppy burgundy flesh with a very small and very sharp knife. And this is what Director Alejandro González Iñárritu did. He took a small, sharp knife and carved into the psychic flesh of Michael Keaton to portray the character of Riggan, and Keaton, sensing that somewhere in this outpouring of emotion and intense acting there lay a renewal for him, acted his way into a portrayal of self conjoined with character that may well go down in cinematographic history. He sliced out the emotional bile ducts of his psyche and served him up to us on a platter. Salome has nothing on Iñárritu. Read more . ....

The Giver – A Movie Review

By on Sep 10, 2014 in Movie Reviews, Reviews | 4 comments

The Giver starring Jeff Bridges in the title role, Meryl Streep as the Chief Elder, Brenton Thwaites as Jonas and the beautiful Odeya Rush, a newcomer from Israel, as Fiona is a movie designed for young adults. It is about an imagined community where there is no color, no crime, no hate, no sex and no discord of any kind. Meryl Streep, who appears only as a hologram, along with the Community of Elders, makes the rules and sees that they are enforced. The people take drugs to keep them obedient and are always on camera. They have no memory of anything else and no sexuality. Since history is repetitive someone has to remember or they will continue to make the same mistakes over and over and the character of the Giver played by Jeff Bridges fulfills that role. Only he can remember the past and he is getting old. He must pass on his knowledge. Jonas is special. He can see colors where the rest of the community can see only in black and white. He is chosen as the Receiver. [Read...

Ralph Ellison: King of the Bingo Game and Invisible Man

By on Jul 24, 2014 in Book Reviews, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 12 comments

Ralph Ellison, author of the week in my Wednesday Writing Group, wrote "King of the Bingo Game" in 1944, eight years before the publication of his monumental novel, Invisible Man. The story was an incubator for many of the techniques that grew to maturity in Invisible...

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Up Close and Personal

By on May 21, 2014 in Book Reviews, Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 8 comments

In my opinion One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a masterpiece of...

Gloria

By on Apr 5, 2014 in Movie Reviews, Reviews | 6 comments

From the previews, the movie Gloria looked like a Chilean chick flick for older women. What I thought would be the story line - attractive older woman in her fifties meets soul mate late in life, marries and at her wedding dances to Umberto Tozzi's "Gloria" - wasn't what...

Aren’t You Happy With Me? by Richard Bausch

By on Feb 25, 2014 in Reviews, Short Story Reviews | 0 comments

 The short story, Aren't You Happy With Me? can be found at http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/arent-you-happy-for-me-1621301.html Aren't You Happy With Me? is the second story we have read of the incomparable writer, Richard...

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