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Two Novels by BARBARA PYM
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Some philosopher -- I forget which one -- said that one of the main purposes of the arts is to give the idle rich something to talk about. That's what I'm doing here. Not that I'm rich, but I'm well qualified with respect to the other aspect of the job description.
 
What you'll find here are personal responses to stuff that I've been seeing and reading lately. These aren't reviews in the traditional sense; I don't include all the bumpf about directors, actors and so on.  Nor do I mark a score card for everybody involved. I mention some aspect of a work only if I think it's worth commenting on.
 
In most cases, I haven't read any reviews of the work in question. I prefer to form my own impressions before hearing what others have to say. What you're getting here is pure, unadulterated PJD. So how do I decide what movies to attend, what books to read? From the buzz, I guess. From knowing which directors, writers, actors are involved. From what friends tell me. From noticing how much press the work is receiving.
 
I promise to reveal only the bare minimum of plot elements. To me, one of the most important aspects of any novel, movie or play is  the way the author hooks me on the narrative by gradually doling out details of the plot. So I wouldn't want to spoil that pleasure for anybody. God spare us from those reviewers who have nothing better to offer than elaborate plot summaries!
 
If you want to know something about me, check the "Who Do I Think I Am?" page (just after "Home" page in the navigation bar on the left). If you think you can figure out who I am, please let me know. My psychiatrist would find the information very helpful.
 
JUST POSTED (Click on NOVEMBER 19, 2021 in the navigation bar on the left):

THE COMMITTED (Novel) A Man's Two Minds as Seen by Viet Thanh Nguyen

WIN (Mystery) Harlan Coben's Unforgettable Winner

SO-CALLED NORMAL (Memoir) Mark Henick's Struggle for Mental Health

THE HAUNTING OF HAJJI HOTAK (Short Fiction) Jamil Jan Kochai on How We See "Other People"


PREVIOUS RECENT POSTING (Click on OCTOBER 2021 in the navigation bar):

TIN MAN (Novel) Sarah Winman's Poignant Portrait of Three Friends


AND (Click on September 16, 2021 in the navigation bar on the left):

THE MOM OF BOLD ACTION (Short Fiction) George Saunders' Fascinating Study of Parental Fury


Other "Recent Postings" (Click on July 21 2021 in the navigation bar):

THE LIGHTHOUSE (Novel) -- Alison Moore's Sympathetic Study of a Sad Sack

THIS IS THE VOICE (Science) -- John Colapinto Tells Us All About How We Tell It All.


(Click on June 11 2021 in the navigation bar):

THE LAST TAXI DRIVER (Novel) -- Lee Durkee's Wild Ride

AT THE CENTRE OF ALL BEAUTY (Arts, Sociology) -- Fenton Johnson Salutes Solitude

THE NEW CHIMPANZEE (Science) -- Our Close Cousins as Seen by Craig Stanford

BOYS AND SEX (Sociology) -- Peggy Orenstein Gets the True Story

RIDGERUNNER (Novel) -- Adventure from Gil Adamson

ON VANISHING (Sociology) -- Lynn Casteel Harper Deals with Dementia

Notable NEW YORKER short fiction from T. Coraghessan Boyle, Margaret Atwood and Jonas Eika

MOLLY OF THE MALL (Novel) -- Literary Fun from Heidi L.M. Jacobs


(Click on April 23, 2021) in the navigation bar:

JOKER (Movie) -- Joaquin Phoenix Is Nothing to Laugh At

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (Movie)-- Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt Wonder "What If?"


(Click on March 12, 2021 in the navigation bar):

NIALL WILLIAMS' NOVEL "THIS IS HAPPINESS" -- IT SURE IS!


(Click on FEBRUARY 13, 2021 in the navigation bar):

APARTMENT (Novel) -- Teddy Wayne's Take on a Heartbreaking Bromance

SORRY FOR YOUR TROUBLES (Short Stories)-- Everyday Sorrows from Richard Ford


(Click on January 5, 2021 in the navigation bar):

THE OFF-ISLANDER (Mystery) Peter Colt Introduces Us to Andy Roark, A Detective with PTSD


(Click on DECEMBER 2020 in the navigation bar):

A STAR IS BORED (Novel) Fan Fun from Byron Lane

LAKE LIFE (Novel) David James Poissant's Deep Dive into Family Life

WE ARE HERE (Novel) Graham Swift's Actors in the Rearview Mirror

MASKED PREY (Mystery) Washington Skulduggery from John Sandford

To find a specific review in the archives, click on the appropriate Index in the navigation bar.
 

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