Monthly Archives: January 2018

Lorraine Hansberry: American Masters (PBS Series)

(my theatre program with her rare signature, from the successful 1959 Philadelphia run which culminated on Broadway and various awards) Lorraine Hansberry is pretty much a forgotten name now partly because she was a one-hit wonder. But what a sensation … Continue reading

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Henry David Thoreau:

“There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”

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Unlikely Coincidences–part 4320

Someone here I know leaving for China this morning, which is exactly when I get an interesting media e-mail from my grade 5 teacher back in Winnipeg, who, for the first time out of the blue, sends me something about … Continue reading

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“Fast, Cheap and Out of Control”: Reviewed

(from a series of movie reviews from my 2004-2005 film classification days) FAST, CHEAP & OUT OF CONTROL (1997) Stars: Dave Hoover, George Mendonca, Ray Mendez, Rodney Brooks Directed by Errol Morris “I wanted to be a Clyde Beatty.” Fast, … Continue reading

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Some Conclusions Re. Communication

“O for a life of sensations!”–John Keats E-communication (whether by phone or computer) can certainly be very powerful, intimate, and connective, though like most things, it has its limits and limitations. I will say that–as evidenced in/by this blog–words, feelings, … Continue reading

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Giving the Lie to Canadian Diversity and Tolerance

by Mr. Hypocrite Justin. The Canada Summer Jobs program attestation. ‘Thou shalt agree with the Liberal Left agenda or receive no funding’. There is no logical connection between grants for summer jobs and taking some absurd, irrelevant oath on women’s … Continue reading

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Joe, Winnipeg, 1967

A steamy summer evening in Winnipeg, 10:30 pm-ish. I was waiting at the transfer point going north by Harman’s Drugs (my high-school-friend’s father’s store), for the little connecting bus that passed the General Hospital, where I worked as an orderly … Continue reading

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David Suchet’s “Murder on the Orient Express”

Part of the Poirot DVD boxset. In many ways, this will seem ordinary except for the camera work and effective music when compared with Sidney Lumet’s movie version with an all-star cast. Where it differs is its handling of the … Continue reading

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Major Hard, Breaking News Story!

Meghan Markle has picked her wedding dress designer! Thank God! (Again, media has lost the ability to discriminate between hard and truly soft, ‘nothing’ news.)

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Another Unexpected Shaw Gem

George Bernard Shaw was one of the major playwrights of the 20th century. A number of his plays have been turned into movies including Major Barbara, The Devil’s Disciple, Caesar and Cleopatra, Heartbreak House, Saint Joan, Androcles and the Lion, … Continue reading

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