Trump’s gonna Trump. I’ve said this since last summer during the ramp up to the Republican Convention and I still believe this today. You can be outraged, horrified and disgusted by his comments or you can be gleeful that he’s sticking it to your neighbors. You know, the trans/female/brown/sick/impoverished/intellectually vulnerable ones. This past weekend Trump … Continue reading The Sound of Silence
From its opening scene of an African American man walking lost in an affluent neighborhood to the penultimate, where the main character—also black—holds his hands up to the flashing lights of a police car, the movie Get Out is both topical and timely. I can imagine sitting in a pitch meeting and someone is saying … Continue reading Get Out: Movie Monday
For me, 2016 was the year of the podcast. While I know they’ve been around forever (one of my friends was doing one ages ago where she discussed The Young and the Restless) I didn’t find them accessible until I downloaded the podcast app on my phone and could subscribe to as many as … Continue reading Walk with me while I listen to a story.
One of the most powerful movies I’ve seen this year wasn’t in a theatre but on Netflix. It is the documentary 13th which seems appropriate to recommend today given that it's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. So here’s a really pathetic thing which I’m not sure is my fault, or that of my education, but … Continue reading 13th: Movie Monday
Toss? Keep? Donate? Each new year I’m all about streamlining my home. Getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. It would seem so easy. For a year or so I’ve been thinking of getting rid of our piano. It’s heavy, never used and while it makes a convenient buffet-like table in the … Continue reading The stories we toss, the stories we keep.
Politics is the name we give to the orchestration of power in any society—Robert McKee—only the Godfather of storytelling. My original post today was going to be of a movie review. I am hoping to start something I call Movie Monday, where I get to share with you my insights of the best, or most … Continue reading The Art of Politics/The Politics of Art
Well, 2017 is officially on the calendar and if you’re like me, 2016 seemed like a bruiser of a year, even if you didn’t personally lose a loved one, job or sense of purpose. Since my last posting I’ve been sitting on my butt, either watching movies, reading, or driving while something called the … Continue reading A Field Guide to Pedestrian
LOVING is the Jeff Nichols film about the two plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, the landmark decision that struck down miscegenation laws; laws that were a vestige from slavery which criminalized marriages between the races, specifically whites and anyone non-white. In 1958 Richard—white (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred—African American (Ruth Negga) broke … Continue reading LOVING
As a writer, words are my currency, and like all currencies, different words have different value. Say what you will about sticks and stones, but some words do more than hurt, they evoke fear, outrage or derision. Genocide, racist, apocalypse, pandemic, termination or circus peanuts are such words. On the other hand, there are words … Continue reading Sticks and Stones
I have been in a fog these past four days trying to make sense of the election results. One of the ways I process loss is by reading; collecting every bit of information I can so that I can distill from it a lesson. I don’t think it’s just me, but millions of us want … Continue reading No Single Story