“Darkly” Inspires a Small-World Connection

Jessica Poundstone, a friend of mine quoted in Through a Screen Darkly, had quite a surprise when her quote made its way to the attention of the very person she was talking about... Bill Frisell. You gotta read it to believe it. … [Read more...]

Specials: Defending “Bubble.” Poo-pooing Proulx’s poo-poo. New Issues of Paste and Risen! Bad Refs.

Defending Bubble. What to do when friends disagree over movies? Jessica Poundstone wrote in to take issue with Adam Walter's assessment of Soderbergh's Bubble: The real reason I'm commenting is that I think Bubble deserves a much more careful viewing than Mr. Walter has given it. I'm not saying it's one of Soderburgh's very best, but I thought the film was a fascinating attempt to make a movie via a method (using non-actors, filming in their own town using elements of their real lives) that … [Read more...]

Specials: New Ron Sexsmith music! Greydanus flunks V. Walter on Soderbergh.

NEW RON SEXSMITH MUSIC! My friend Jessica Poundstone, a vigilant Ron Sexsmith fan, send me this today: Well, you're probably all over this, just haven't gotten around to posting it on your blog yet (where the heck DO you find the time to write so voluminously there??? It's staggering - I don't make it over for a week or two and I have to take 45 minutes to catch up!) but there's a sneak peak of a new song off of the new Ron "Sexy" Sexsmith album up at his site: Also, apparently, according to … [Read more...]

“Just Right.”

Her blog entries are rare, but Jessica Poundstone's entries at Utopia Parkway are usually gems that I can't wait to share with others. Today's is no exception: In a story on a new planet European astronomers discovered… "However, there is the tantalising question as to whether it lies within the "Goldilocks Zone" -- a distance from its star that is not too hot, not too cold, just right." Meanwhile, my friend and co-worker Margaret Smith, author of Holy Struggle (a profound work of poetry … [Read more...]

Your Chance to Be a Mysterious Stranger

I stumbled across this quip by a friend of mine, Jessica Poundstone, in her blog, and I can't get the idea out of my head. It's got a sort of Amelie-esque appeal to it... … [Read more...]


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