Birds, Brooks and Beta Males
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good morning! My little one is currently in the middle of the bird phase, and in the way of a little child’s interests, his interests are a single-minded obsession that rivals little Ahab’s. (Or, more appropriately, a young ancient sailor.) Perhaps it will be over in a week or less, but while it lasts it’s kind of oppressive: bird books, bird conversations, pigeon observations. , a request for repeated observations of “”.Bill and Coois a 1948 novelty film starring George Burton’s avian theater company. (OK, the last one is entirely my fault.) Often I find myself reminding myself. great scene From Barbara Pym’s Excellent Woman, Mrs. Bourne makes a grim prophecy of the “rule of the birds.” She’s… she’s very scared that it’s going to happen. ’ There it is.
“birds” By Daphne du Maurier
fiction, 1952 (Variously on “The Apple Tree,” and more recently, “Don’t Look Now.”)
Despite this bird plethora, I was moved to watch “The Birds” and read the original. The story of Tippi Hedren is fairly scarce (the original is set on a Cornwall farm), but it’s full of quiet menace. . Du He’s Maurier’s tales are available in various collections with delightful permutations of content and order, but be sure to find an edition that includes the novella “Monte Verità”. The narrator recounts the memories of a young woman who disappeared into a sect on a remote mountaintop. Local rumors say that believers never age. Revealing that du Maurier may have been loosely inspired (and perhaps mildly teased) doesn’t spoil her suspense or creepiness. A real ascetic commune For decades, the Swiss canton of Ticino has attracted artists, nudists, pacifists, theosophists, anarchists and freethinkers of all kinds. (Isadora Duncan and Hermann Hesse were among those who worked there.) But despite its metaphysical coldness, the story is a serious meditation on love. An anonymous climber said: “I have a theory that each person’s life is like a pack of cards, and those we meet and sometimes love are shuffled with us. By the hands we find ourselves wearing the same suit.The game is played, we are retired and we are gone.”
Kindly read: The movie “Rebecca” or “Don’t Look Now”. A cult and the people who love it. climbing. Cryogenics and/or Ted Williams. “The Children’s Book” by AS Byatt
Available from: new york review book, Virago, library Or your favorite used book store.
Published a year later and out of the world, this novel is Gwendolyn Brooks’ only novel, a lyrical, often funny, candid and moving nonlinear tale of a sensitive girl growing up in 1920s Chicago. It is a portrait. (At least, the story begins in her 1920s.) Other than beautifully portraying the everyday little joys, daily degradation, financial insecurities, and family relationships of black families at a particular time and place, No special “drama”. Reading Maud Martha makes me wonder why I haven’t read it before, and I want to tell everyone to read it immediately. This is, or should be, an absolute classic. It’s also something I wish the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet had turned more to fiction. (this is again I wonder if Evan S. Connell read this book before writing his iconic 1959 novel “Mrs. Bridge” — especially if you know that Brooks’ original title was “American Family Brown.” )
Kindly read: A poem by Gwendoline Brooks. “Betsy Brown,” “Mrs. Brown,” Bridge, The Seventeenth Summer, Chicago history, youth, great books.
Available from: third world pressa well-stocked library.
Would you like to brighten up your day? As Oscar Wilde reminded us, “Photos of Dorian Gray” “yellow satin You will be able to soothe all the misery of life. ”
Why not consider the beta version? “I would walk away like a burnt movie star in a three-way script,” sang the late Gordon Lightfoot. “Enter number two.” May I refer you to the book “Other People in Hollywood”? This is a culmination of Ralph Bellamy’s well-played golden age sapps in Hollywood, who fell for Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, or some other powerhouse who was unlucky enough to compete with them. Thing. This was truly a meditation on mediated desire in American culture (with great photography) and I couldn’t put it down.
Can I get actionable life advice? From “Strange and Wonderful” by Marguerite Duraspracticality— covering everything from vacation shopping lists to parenting to male males. I like it very much. To love them, you have to like them very much. Otherwise they can’t stand it. ”
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