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On Reading a Letter from his Father by Nadine Gordimer

By on Feb 19, 2014 in Short Story Reviews | 2 comments

Nadine Gordimer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature is a great writer. And, that's it, period. The problem here is that I don't think we can fully appreciate her talents from this particular short story.  It doesn't illustrate her ability as a writer so much as confirm her life...

Franz Kafka and Rationalization based on reading The Penal Colony

By on Feb 6, 2014 in Short Story Reviews | 0 comments

We are observers in life, travelers, and as we travel, we soak in the moral atmosphere we...


By on Jan 30, 2014 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

The Observer newspaper said this about the movie Philomena. "Sensitively and carefully directed by Stephen Frears and brilliantly written by co-star Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that deserves genuflection."

Memorable Literary Characters plus a lot of stuff about Pushkin

By on Jan 28, 2014 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

I have a great love of research. I think I would have been perfectly happy in life if I could have done research my whole life. I don’t seem to be able to stop myself. For example, this morning the Google search page had a photograph of Zora Neale Hurston. When I saw her face, I was reminded of the work she did to write down and preserve the stories and the era before they were lost. She was a social scientist and an excellent fiction writer.  I especially remembered a character from her....   [Read...

Thoughts on Reading The Silence by T.C. Boyle

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

The Silence by T. C. Boyle can be read at I loved this story. I liked the way he broke up the sections and named each part. I like the exuberance and fluidity of his prose, the quickness of it as if he were dancing a comic jig with language.  Adjectives others have used to describe him include exuberant, like I said, and, in addition, lyrical, manic, and bawdy. He is likened to John Barth, one of my favorites although I....   [Read...

Comments on Nebraska

By on Jan 25, 2014 in Movie Reviews | 0 comments

Alexander Payne’s new film, Nebraska, is on the short list for an academy award and has received six Independent Spirit Award nominations, including best feature and best director. The star of Nebraska, Bruce Dern, won the best actor award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Dern, age 77, played Woody, the father, and Will Forte, age 44, played his son, David. Dern, as an actor, is the consummate psychopath and Forte the adorable comedian. The contrast between them is the....   [Read...

Last Tango In Paris

By on Jan 25, 2014 in Movie Reviews | 2 comments

Last night I watched Last Tango in Paris with Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider. Wow, is she beautiful. Women in the movies were bimbo’s back then, the year was 1973, and Marlon’s character, Paul, is the character he has always played. He’s the consummate method actor. He’s come to define the term. He’s a tough guy, a guy who presumably “something” has happened to, a guy with so much anger and frustration in him it would boil over occasionally. In those....   [Read...

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