Memorable Truths Mark AFI DOCS Opener

Review of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey, Directed by Scott TeemsFilm festival-goers who are serious film lovers know that opening-night selections are usually high-wattage PR vehicles rather than the probing, artful films that are the strength of most festivals. This year’s AFI DOCS international documentary film festival opening night was an exception. If Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey views Twain less than critically, its portrait of Holbrook only flirts with hagiography, al … [Read more...]

Huck Finn – When Great Books Were Fun

Review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainBy PAUL D. MILLERGreat books are great because of their depth and because of how they teach great truths about human life.  But because most great books are very old, they require the reader to do some heavy lifting to get to the good stuff.  You have to have a good set of notes to understand the historical context and the allusions of, say, Homer or Virgil.  The less timeless a book, the more work you have to do to extract meaning fr … [Read more...]