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Summer Illness, Reading Joy

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My summer began in a rather inauspicious manner with a round of bronchitis that lasted the better part of 3 weeks. Long story, the highlights of which are a history of previous episodes, the discovery that I am highly allergic … Continue reading

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Inside Out: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough There’s a lovely long tradition in the arts of personifying the things in our heads. The Muses are how the Greeks did it, and there is a literary theory that when Odysseus has a conversation with … Continue reading

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Ex Machina: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough My son, a considerable movie and TV fan, distinguishes between science fiction movies and movies that are SFnal — with all the trappings of SF, but not actually in the genre. He maintains for instance that … Continue reading

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Far From The Madding Crowd: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough We can agree, right? That life is too short. There is not time — humans are not blessed with sufficient length of days — to read all the books that one really ought to read. What … Continue reading

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The Way We Live Now: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  For professional reasons I find myself these days contemplating a huge TBR stack of Victorian triple-decker novels: Dickens, Trollope, Gaskell. This is intimidating; one cannot speed through these things. But where eyesight and time fail, technology … Continue reading

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough There is a song format, ‘call and response’. You hear it most often in gospel or religious music, when the singers almost converse, exhorting or admonishing each other verse by verse or line by line. Well, … Continue reading

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The Secret Garden: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  You know that writers (except for Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin) are poor, right? If you want a lucrative career, it is better to join Goldman Sachs. So this is why I patronize … Continue reading

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King Hedley II: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I took in the Arena Stage‘s production of King Hedley II in February, when it was starting its well-reviewed run. I am not familiar with the plays of the late August Wilson, and it was clearly … Continue reading

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District 9: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I am as I so often am, rather late to see this movie, which came out in 2009. (My son, who is embarrassed by the cultural ignorance of his parents, insisted that we take it in.) … Continue reading

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Mr. Turner: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I am on a Mike Leigh kick these days, and so I could not miss Mr. Turner, one in the plethora of biopics about dead British geniuses this year. With its fanatical historical correctness and affection … Continue reading

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