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posted a Quick Tip about The Great Gatsby. October 31, 2010
The Great Gatsby
In an era of school-board mandated this and multicult-approved that, this classic gets overlooked. But, in its lessons on American dreams, capitalist realities, and intimate betrayals, it sums up for …
posted a Quick Tip about Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman's Book of .... October 31, 2010
Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman's Book of Things That
I gave both my sons a copy. Even when they discarded their other childhood books, I asked them not to toss this one. Why? It was my favorite when I grew up, and I learned how to read from it, and taught …
posted a Quick Tip about Christine O'Donnell. September 15, 2010
Christine O'Donnell
1) How will her proclamations against masturbation as a crime akin to adultery & fornication (if not quite abortion, more predictably) play out for a wider constituency? She's had to backpedal …
posted a Quick Tip about The Chronicles of Prydain. September 10, 2010
The Prydain Chronicles (omnibus)
These enchanted me in grade school. I read them alongside "The Hobbit" and found them much more engaging than the Narnia series, and a great preparation for medieval literature and Tolkien's trilogy. …
posted a Quick Tip about In Bruges. September 04, 2010
In Bruges
I need to re-watch this. There seemed one scene that did not tell all, and I am not sure what went down as a result. The ending seemed a bit over the top even by creator Martin McDonagh's standards (I've …
posted a Quick Tip about Idiocracy (2006 movie). September 02, 2010
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Idiocracy (2006)
Also flawed but worth a few hours: Gary Shteyngart's dystopian novel "Super Sad True Love Story," which I reviewed last month here. Both satires preditct how quickly literacy could plummet and stupidity …
posted a Quick Tip about 2010 Discovery Channel Hostage Situation. September 02, 2010
2010 Discovery Channel Hostage Situation
I hope this isn't used by the powers that influence popular perceptions to discredit environmentalists any more than technological critiques bear the signature of the Unabomber. I fear that such imbalanced …
posted a Quick Tip about A Serious Man. August 29, 2010
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Serious Man
I thought this would work, but like "Burn After Reading" or "Barton Fink" it let me down. The Bros Coen keep getting more self-hating about their Jewish suburban angst; this curdles …
posted a Quick Tip about On the Road. August 25, 2010
On the Road
I reviewed the Original Scroll edition published 2007 over at the other listing for this title subtitled "novel." It gives the rawer, uncensored version of what the 1957 polished book had to understandably …
posted a Quick Tip about Burn After Reading (2008 movie). August 13, 2010
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Burn After Reading (2008)
The Coen Bros lately give us characters to care about briefly. Then they die. This is wearing thin. Their satirical schtick feels increasingly bitter rather than entertaining, and this film shows their …
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