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Happy Birthday, Wilfred Owen

“My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.” Wilfred Owen (now known as one of the best “war poets” of World War I) was born on this day in 1893. He was killed … Continue reading

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“A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.”

It’s the Ides of March. So watch your back. Here’s the moment in Shakespeare’s play where Caesar gets the warning from the soothsayer. And ignores it. Because wouldn’t we all ignore a warning from a random-crazy-person in the street? Especially … Continue reading

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A Farewell to Fools (2014)

A Farewell to Fools, shot in Romania, with a Romanian cast of actors, except for the two big stars, Harvey Keitel and Gerard Depardieu, wants to be a farce. It reaches farcical levels in one scene only. Other than that, … Continue reading

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Bethlehem (2014)

Bethlehem, co-written by an Israeli and an Arab, tells the story of an Israeli secret service agent and his teenage Palestinian informant. What does it mean to play both sides in a conflict? Can that situation EVER go over well? … Continue reading

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The Wind Rises (2014); directed by Hayao Miyazaki

“The Wind Rises” is the latest from beloved Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (it’s nominated for an Oscar) and Miyazaki has also announced it will be his final feature. I saw the version that was in Japanese with English subtitles. There … Continue reading

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Omar (2014); directed by Hany Abu-Assad

The latest from director Hany Abu-Assad, and his first Palestinian feature since Paradise Now, Omar is pretty great. Upsetting, exciting, romantic, energetically filmed, great characters and scene-work. Also, best of all, it doesn’t present solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India on December 30, 1865. “I woshipped Kipling at 13, loathed him at 17, enjoyed him at 20, despised him at 25, and now again rather admire him.” – George Orwell, 1936 Michael Schmidt, … Continue reading

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On This Day: December 16, 1773: “This Destruction of the Tea is so bold, so daring, so firm, intrepid, and inflexible, and it must have important Consequences, and so lasting, that I can’t but consider it as an Epocha in History.” – John Adams

On November 28, 1773, the Dartmouth sailed into port in Boston. It was full of tea. There had already been trouble in Philadelphia when the ship had tried to unload its cargo. A ship had been blown away from the … Continue reading

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On This Day: “December 7, 1941 – A Date Which Will Live In Infamy.”

Here is a cool fact about my home state, little Rhode Island: There are only a handful newspapers in the United States that come out on Sunday afternoon, (as opposed to Sunday morning) and one of them is the local … Continue reading

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Memoirs of a Revolutionary, by Victor Serge: A Chapbook

A phenomenal accomplishment, written on the run, through deportations, exile, imprisonment, and published posthumously. One of the most important books of the 20th century. Up there with Robert Conquest’s The Great Terror: A Reassessment. Victor Serge was active in Socialist … Continue reading

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