Category Archives: Books

The Testament of Mary: Fiona Shaw takes on an angry, grieving Mary

It felt fitting to watch the new Broadway production of Colm Tóibín’s Testament of Mary during Holy Week recently. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed in the show. I’m also a bit conflicted about this review since it was a preview … Continue reading

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Has Lena Dunham read Little Women?

In the most recent episode of Girls, Hannah makes a comment about how the father in Little Women dies of influenza in the war. Do Lena Dunham and the other writers of Girls really think that Mr. March dies of … Continue reading

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The Testament of Mary, by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s spare, unsentimental novella The Testament of Mary presents Jesus’ mother’s perspective on the events described in the gospels. Mary’s account de-mythologizes her son’s story, yet somehow renders it all the more powerful for being completely human. Tóibín strips … Continue reading

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Gone Girl lingers in the memory

Happy New Year, folks! I’m back after an extended break for Christmas travels and family visits. Speaking of Christmas travels, on our very long road trip, Chris and I listened to the audiobook of Gillian Flynn’s marital mystery thriller, Gone … Continue reading

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The Casual Vacancy: Small town, big problems

I decided to read J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy because I figured that if it’s even half as good as the magnificent Harry Potter series, it’ll still be pretty damn good.  Well, the book starts out damn good but then … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Kick-Ass Heroine seeks Adventure-Loving Director

Update: Francis Lawrence to direct Catching Fire. I’m actually not sure how to feel about him as a director: Water for Elephants – not good.  I am Legend – solid. Constantine – one of my guilty pleasures; I end up … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games Revisited

Since my previous post about The Hunger Games posed some questions about how the movie  would measure up to the books, here’s my follow-up, now that I’ve watched the movie: overall, it’s one of the better book-to-movie adaptations I’ve seen, … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Will the movies do justice to Katniss?

I just saw a Hunger Games preview on TV last night, and my question is: why is Katniss giving her sister Prim the mockingjay pin? Is the movie just getting rid of the character of Madge,  the fellow District 12 … Continue reading

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