My Strange Reaction to “The Book Thief” (Spoiler Alerts, People)

I went to see “The Book Thief” with a friend a few weeks ago. I knew nothing about it except it was set in Nazi Germany and involved a girl joining a new family.My friend and I discussed how we really do enjoy seeing a movie knowing little about the plot, as we like to see it unfold before us with no preconceived notions, and our reactions are genuine - usually finding delight in letting the storyteller take us to places we don’t anticipate. It’s a little like having a trusted friend lead you … [Read more...]

Small Comfort for Mothers, Fetuses, and Jews

Part Four (closely related to Part Three) of I-Don't-Know-How-Many in a series of posts inspired by "Miss Representation."  If you haven't seen the trailer for this movie, and you have 8 minutes, please watch it here now.  A very good and sweet friend sent me a 33-minute video and asked my opinion.  A man named Ray Comfort - someone claiming to be Jewish - compares doctors who perform abortions to Hitler, and those who allow this to happen to the German standers-by.  It’s done more subtly and … [Read more...]


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