Monthly Archives: March 2013

Choose Me

“Choose Me” (1984) reflects the open-ended quality of the 1980’s. It’s an ensemble piece. People weave in and out of each other’s lives. Hard to say what’s a line, a lie, a good story, or a good story that’s also true. Genevieve Bujold’s Dr. Nancy Love is so uptight that she denies the essence of “Love”. […]

In Dreams

David Lynch’s strange world is not for everyone. There is a constant feeling of discomfort, of the possibility of discovering something rotting beneath the glossy exterior of cheerful Americana. “Blue Velvet”, “Twin Peaks” and “Mulholland Drive” form a triptych depicting dream-like mysteries of Small Town, USA or Hollywood.  The women are the more interesting characters […]


Published in 1886, this is a “boys” novel, written as a diary of a 9 year old schoolboy living during the unification of Italy. Interwoven in the diary are the stories of his classmates and their lives. The boys endure the hardships of poverty and conflict, and often display acts of patriotism, courage and friendship. […]

Old Shatterhand

European writers mythologized the American Old West. Karl May created Winnetou and his sidekick Old Shatterhand. Einstein was a fan. May drew inspiration from James Fenimore Cooper, the author of “The Last of the Mohicans”. This was a romantic, sometimes factually inaccurate portrayal of the “noble savage” and his frontiersman blood brother. Very appealing to […]

Mean Mean Man

There was a hold-your-breath moment during an episode of “Justified” I watched last night. Raylan is drinking in the divey bar above which lives, and a band starts playing. Big hair, glitter on the guitar, voice that reminds you of Wanda Jackson, feisty and life wise. She sings about “Jack & Coke”. Raylan approves — […]


I was reading an article in The Economist on the future of bookstores. Idea on how to make them relevant in the e-age. Live performances, readings and other events, ticketed of course, since profit drives survival. Maybe the bookstore can be transformed into a modern version of Gertrude Stein’s salon, where artists and writers mingled, […]


“Please Give” is a New York movie. People talk, nothing big happens, just little scenes of life in the city. The movie is populated by women in various stages of life unrest. Insecurity, guilt, loneliness, self-absorption and disregard for others are shown without judgement. Connections are made, maybe fleeting, but connections nonetheless. This is the […]