A NYPL list led me to this touching children's book inspired by real events of the July War in Lebanon. Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy are involved.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
Can't handle such long movies these days, but from the scenes I saw, this is an excellent movie. It is sort of Sisyphean metaphor of our existence. The lead actress [with many roles during her long career] is particular very good, including portraying her character's desperation, passions and so on. A film for our times, including a scene where the man notes the selling of inferior sand can lead to dams etc. collapsing. "That's someone else's problem."
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
The author is a Jesuit priest who was on the Colbert Report (don't think he was on the current one; too bad) and wrote books on humor and advising an alternative play on the trial of Judas Iscariot among others. The subtitle of this book is "How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity." It is in effect a speech/essay to a unity group (it's a two way effort) plus some bible story lessons (and a prayer for someone struggling). Nice effort though an uphill battle as long as the Church is not fully loyal to its no "unjust discrimination" doctrine.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Read the quick reading Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation, which is largely lead-up, coming from both ends. Author is an amateur historian of the era, so it isn't as deep as some might like, but is overall a good read for the average reader. Also, watched the rape exploitation film Lipstick (well most of it), particularly notable for Mariel Hemingway's supporting performance. It is professionally made etc. and knows how to play with your emotions.
Thursday, August 03, 2017
More blah. Some are on vacation this month. I'm not. So, it's just hot and unpleasant. ETA: Oh, got around to seeing Breakfast with Scot again. Enjoyable film with some serious stuff going on, including dealing with being different and being okay about it.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Yanks trade for two good starters; Mets trade Duda and Reed for prospects. Haves, have nots. Small scale, the Mets seem to have received a good return and long term, Addison Reed was a great pick-up, especially since he was good longer than Salas. Rookie Rosario is coming up tomorrow and Smith is due soon. More moves likely via waivers though wish more old news moved on already. Playing for the future; even picked up a reliever to replace Reed that will be here next season. Goal, not easy, will be .500. ETA: First waiver deal -- Jay Bruce for his salary, low level pitching prospect and fan disappointment/abuse.