I’m a week late to this blog entry, but wow… Andy Whitman writes about music better than just about anybody I know. And now he’s posted a home-run entry about Harry Potter.
Yesterday I posted news about the new book on Mother Teresa. Here’s more on Mother Teresa’s dark night of the soul, from Amy Wellborn.
Here’s a list you haven’t seen before: John Wilson, the voracious reader who edits Books and Culture, rates his top five books on atheism. Know before you debate!
Doug Cummings has seen Satyajit Ray’s shorts. I mean… two short films that he made early in his career.
Kapurush (74 minutes) and Mahapurush (65 minutes) are narrative sketches that allowed Ray to subtly experiment with form and style; as such, they worked against expectations at the time (“Many of Ray’s critics think that Ray is making too many films in too short a span of time,” scoffed one Bengali journalist) and were largely dismissed upon their release. But according to Andrew Robinson’s book on Ray, the filmmaker said, “These are twin films I have considerable affection for; I have a pretty high opinion of Kapurush myself and I was disappointed by the response.” I’m leaning toward Ray’s assessment.