Monday, March 27, 2023

Shrinking (TV 2023)

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Shrinking (TV 2023): Jason Segal plays a grieving therapist who has increasing trouble staying detached from his patients' issues. Harrison Ford plays the therapist mentor with his own problem with aging. Nice ensemble cast. A sitcom/drama with heart. B+

Sunday, March 26, 2023

POTD: Melk Abbey View

From 2022 07 15 Melk and Gottweig

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Melk Abbey in Austria. It doesn't show the historic abbey (dating to 1089) sitting high above the Danube River town of Melk, Austria. Instead it shows the magnificent view from the abbey.

After the jump, a bonus photo of Melk from the abbey.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

POTD: Schärding

From 2022 07 14 Passau and Scharding

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Scharding, Germany on the river Inn, which forms the border between Germany and Austria here. The photo was taken from the German shore. The building across the river is in Austria. The building dates to 1320, when it was built by Duke Heinrich of Bavaria as a castle to protect the bridge leading to Schärding. The castle was converted to a baroque palace in 1752. Today it's a school.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God

From Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale-Hurston:

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Their Eyes Were Watching God


  Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men."

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God: 1937 novel by a too-long forgotten author who was a pioneer of Black, feminist, American stories. Here, she tells the growing maturity of a Black woman, using Black vernacular dialect that recalls Twain's Huck Finn. A-

After the jump, my full review.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Causeway (2022)

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Rotten Tomatoes

Causeway (2022): That faraway look in Jennifer Lawrence's eyes is what this movie is all about. She plays a vet recovering from PTSD. Her plight is touching, but dead. The life in this movie comes from Brian Tyree Henry, who plays a man dealing with his own tragedy. Opposites in every other way, they bond. B+