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A Very Natural Thing

I saw this extraordinary movie from 1974 recently on DVD, only because Netflix apparently bought just one copy of the popular new releases, which means I'm facing a "very long wait." This movie more than made up for it.
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Review of Swamplandia by Karen Russell

Swamplandia!Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


We don't really need another three-star review of Karen Russell's Swamplandia! Most of what I have to say about the book has been said wittily and well by other reviewers. But after mulling over my reaction to this critically acclaimed but, for many ordinary readers, disappointing book, I feel it epitomizes the problem of today's publishing world.  Read More 
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Survivors

Most of us, if asked, will probably say we enjoy reading or seeing movies about survivors, not losers. But if presented with genuine survivors, people who struggle so hard at just getting by that all other concerns—love and sex and leisure and pleasure and creativity, must of necessity be pushed aside—we don't like that either. It's too depressing, too…threatening.  Read More 
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Excerpt from "Birth: A Novella"

"Lady Amalie's memoirs" is a series of novels and novellas about a family of telepathic aristocrats in the sword-and-sorcery world of Eclipsis. This excerpt is from the fourth story, Birth: A Novella, when the honeymoon is definitely over for Amalie; her bisexual husband, Dominic; and his boyfriend, Stefan.
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Play recommendation: Muerte Subita

"Andres is passionately writing his third novel." That's the deceptively benign situation of Muerte Subita* (Sudden Death), the exhilarating--and frightening--play by noted Mexican playwright Sabina Berman that has just three performances left at the Gershwin Hotel in New York City. If you are a writer, an artist, or anybody who enjoys intimate, perfectly realized theater productions, you won't want to miss Muerte Subita.  Read More 
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Making It Look Easy

Men who openly read explicit pornography in public transportation areas are not as severely condemned as women who apply foundation, lipstick, and blush outside their homes.  Read More 
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Falling Off the Face of the Earth

Toward the end of last month, my young home computer, barely out of puberty, died unexpectedly. Coincidently, my long-awaited new computer at my day job arrived, requiring IT Dept. set-up and the reinstallation of all my software.

What this meant was that, for a brief period, I was almost completely cut off from that  Read More 
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Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence

The Age of InnocenceThe Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


If you plan to read this book and you haven't seen the 1993 movie with Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder--keep it that way!  Read More 
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Apartment life in ancient times

All there is at Çatalhöyük are houses and middens and [animal] pens. …no plazas or courtyards, alleyways or streets, have been found…. People entered their homes via doors on their roofs, and neighbors clambered over each other's roofs to their own homes.
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Even Achilles Ate Ketchup

I arrived at this silly title after reading Daniel Mendelsohn's review of Madeline Miller's debut novel, "The Song of Achilles," in Sunday's NY Times book review and filtering it through a recent conversation with a friend about Mary Renault's novels.

Let's start with that conversation. My friend, a gay man in his early thirties,  Read More 
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