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Society’s cruelty and society’s secrets

“Society is always most cruel to those who betray its secrets, where its dishonesty commits a crime against nature.” — Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday I think of this sentence so often. It’s one of those rare sentences that … Continue reading

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2020 Books Read

What a year, huh. What a dumpster-fire year. I read a lot, mostly in the mornings, and it helped create rituals for the days, which often seemed endlessly the same, interchangeable. I read a lot of long and challenging books … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Memoirs

More recommendations: Recommended Fiction Recommended Non-Fiction MEMOIRS The Fervent Years: The Group Theatre And The Thirties, by Harold Clurman Probably the most famous of all the Group Theatre-related books. Harold Clurman writes his memories of that time and what those … Continue reading

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Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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My Social-Distancing “#StayTheFHome” Reading List

Have a lot of writing to do, plus my day job, which I already do remotely (so hanging around in my apartment with my cat is not all that big an adjustment), although having three weeks of perishable food lined … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: On Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life

I wrote about A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick’s stunning – and extremely Catholic – latest, for Film Comment. It opens this Friday. If you can, this one should be seen on the big screen. I know it’s not possible for … Continue reading

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Best Films (Released and Undistributed) of 2017: Film Comment

I voted in Film Comment’s critics’ poll for best of the year: released and undistributed (I love that they have that second category, for smaller films that may not have gotten distribution yet. I haven’t seen the majority of them, … Continue reading

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Dynamic Duo #6

Stefan Zweig and Joseph Roth

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Goodnight Mommy: My Interview with Co-directors/Writers Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz

Goodnight Mommy is almost unbearably creepy with some visceral elements that many audience members will find offensive and/or brutally awful/unforgettable. Pick your poison. It’s a masterful portrayal of identity, dizzying doubling, and terror. It’s also almost entirely silent. It opens … Continue reading

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July 2015 viewing diary

Faith of Our Fathers (2015; d. Carey Scott). A poorly done Christian movie. My review at Rogerebert.com. In Stereo (2015; d. Mel Rodriguez III). The second terrible movie I’ve had to see and review in June. My review at Rogerebert.com. … Continue reading

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