Because Sometimes You Just Want To Be Blown Away

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This should do the trick. I’m not a huge solo violin guy, myself. But I make a notable exception for Bach. Especially Perlman-performed Bach. And I picked this particular version because I love watching him perform. The sound quality might not be ideal, but the sheer joy on his face as he plays more than [Read More...]

10 Things That Tell You There’s An Architect In The House

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A long-time friend (and classically-trained architect) spent a few days with us this past week, adding his trio of boys to the Already-Intimidating Susanka Pack. With the exception of the now-infamous Stomach Bug Incident, a good time was had by all, and I was sorry to see him go. In other (and doubtless unrelated) news, this impressive [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Technological Threat”

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Today’s Avery homage, Technological Threat, might sting a little, especially for you office folks. Just rub some dirt on it and keeping going. Productivity is paramount! An office clerk, fearing replacement by a robot, fights back. [Read more...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Importance of Being Earnest”

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I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delecate, exotic fruit. Touch it, and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did it would prove a serious threat to [Read More...]

Seeking the Magic of One’s Youth

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I stumbled across this quote while flipping through the latest edition of The New Atlantis a few weeks ago, and instantly loved it. (Also, it frightens me. I’m afraid of some day realizing that I’ve succumbed to that “blindness of spirit” without even realizing it. I don’t just want childlike wonder; I need it. We all do.) …you [Read More...]

Bacall, Baseball, and an Extraordinary Bit of Detective Work

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When the legendary Lauren Bacall passed away last week at the age of 89, a gratifying number of the obituaries and personal recollections that sprang up in the wake of her death referenced a single, star-making moment – “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve?” from her first film, To Have and Have Not. This scene: It’s not [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Second Wind”

SecondWind

A wonderfully-crafted little short that reminds me (visually and melodically, at least) of my beloved Secret of Kells: This spiritual journey of two friends becomes a story about life and death whose refreshing aesthetic consists of paper/pencil cell animation. I’m not sure I grasp the details of the story — the alien windmill threw me off [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The African Queen”

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…it’s not a metaphor about a relationship — it’s just a great portrait of one.  It understands exactly what movies are for:  to show us things we already know, but in a new way.  With crocodiles! Simcha Fisher Early last month, our very own Simcha (re)published a post entitled  “Hooray for the African Queen!,” in which she extolled [Read More...]

Sean Bean and the Meta-Meme

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TNT’s newest show, “Legends,” stars Sean Bean. Otherwise known as the One-Man Meme Machine. Based on the award-winning book by master spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) as Martin Odum, a FBI agent with the ability to transform himself into a different person for each [Read More...]

Chaos Without Energy

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“I wanted chaos without energy.” That’s the challenge director Tarsem Singh set himself when crafting the opening titles of his 2006 film, The Fall. And it’s one that he gloriously, unforgetably overcame. I wrote about the film a number of years ago – Short Version: It’s fantastic and weird and shockingly violent and wonderfully childlike, all at the same [Read More...]


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