From “Some Prefer Nettles”

Natives of Awaji say that the puppet theater originated there. In the center of the island there is a village called Ichimura that even now has seven puppet companies. Once there were thirty-six. Ichimura is known as “puppet-town,” and its theater goes back, one hardly knows how many centuries, to a certain court nobleman who [Read More...]

From “Kristin Lavransdatter”

“You loved God the way you loved your father: not as much as you loved your own will, but still enough that you always grieved when you had to part from him.” –Sira Eiliv to Kristin [Read more...]

“Sister Outsider”: I watch “Beyond the Hills”

at AmCon: “Beyond the Hills,” the wrenching new movie from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”), is easy for American audiences to misunderstand. The Washington City Paper‘s review thinks it’s about the sufferings of an unbeliever trapped “within a world of intolerance.” It’s about “a battle between salvation and love.” [Read More...]

Ferris Bueller’s Day of Spree Killing

I watched The Boys Next Door because I read the following words in Kindertrauma’s review: 1985, Penelope Spheeris, Netflix streaming. Stopped reading right there. I wasn’t disappointed–although I will say that this isn’t a movie I’d recommend to most of my readers, even those who do like a lot of horror flicks. The Boys Next [Read More...]

Dead Simple

Just finished watching The Devil’s Backbone, a powerful film which may have left me unsatisfied because I was expecting it to be something it didn’t want to be. The movie, by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), is set during the Spanish Civil War at an orphanage run by Communists. A young boy, Carlos, is brought [Read More...]

Our Lady knits a baby sweater.

Build your own poem. [Read more...]

“The Troubling Things I Learned When I Re-Reported Bob Woodward’s Book on John Belushi”: Tanner Colby

in Slate; via Jesse Walker; totally worth your time: …Of course, John Belushi did do all of those drugs, and there’s little doubt that the drug stories Woodward uses actually happened. But he just goes around piling up these stories with no regard for what is actually relevant. Just to compare and contrast: At one [Read More...]

“The Advertising Comrade”: I review “No”

at AmCon. [Read more...]

Happy birthday, Nina Simone!

Johnny Weir skates to “Feeling Good.” [Read more...]

“Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”

Two versions: Bifrost Arts; and the Roberta Martin Singers. Ultimately via… With Rue My Heart Is Laden, maybe? [Read more...]