What Would Jim Holden Read?

Captain James Holden, the lead character of SyFy's The Expanse (based on the books of James S. A. Corey) is an interesting guy. He could easily be thought of as your typical big, dumb hero who accidentally gets caught in the middle of political intrigue and magically comes out unscathed in the end. But while all…
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Revisiting Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens is a property famously owned by the eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Edith Ewing Bouvier (Big Edie) and her daughter Edith Bouvier Beale (Little Edie) were scorned by their East Hampton community for the condition of their home, but they became pop culture icons through the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens. Since then Grey…
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Remembering Mr. Rogers

I'm old enough to remember Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in black and white. We got our first color television when I was 13. By then, Mister Rogers was "baby stuff". Now I realize how much grown-up simplicity and truth went into these TV stories. We look back at the kindness and decency of Fred Rogers and…
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Vietnam War Fiction

I know I'm behind the times here, but I just started watching The Vietnam War series by Ken Burns on PBS and it is as amazing as everyone says. Fellow blogger Andy put together a nonfiction reading list related to the series earlier last year, so I wanted to do something a little different.  While…
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Oscars Red Carpet Read/Watch List

Last night, the 90th Academy Awards ceremony honored the best films of the previous year. You can browse a list of nominees and winners here. I was delighted to see Jordan Peele win Best Original Screenplay for Get Out, and my well-manicured brows raised incredulously when neither Jonny Greenwood's original score for Phantom Thread, nor anyone nominated from…
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More Books to Movies 2018

We are so lucky to see so many books being adapted for film this year. With fantastic novels already in the theaters, such as Annihilation, Peter Rabbit, 12 Strong and, of course, our old friend, Ferdinand the Bull, it is overwhelming to think of how many more will be hitting the big screen throughout the year. Classics such as Little Women, Fahrenheit…
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