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Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland

Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland is a magnificent novel, under consideration for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award. I am honored to read it as part of the "very-long" list of the Maine Readers' Choice Award.  I finished it more than a month ago, but I haven't been able to write about it, mainly because I want so much to do it justice.

Lines Have Feelings Too

Lines Have Feelings Too

Question: What is the shortest distance between two points?
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Answer: A straight line.

We all know there is so much more to a line than a straight and narrow definition.

Order and Chaos

Order and Chaos

The first assignment in my Drawing 101 class got me thinking about order and chaos and how chaotic my life suddenly seems now that I’ve gone back to school to get an art degree. Read more ...

Movies: "The Family"

Movies: "The Family"

 

French filmmaker Luc Besson has made some terrific action movies, including “La Femme Nikita,””Leon: The Professional” and “Ronin.”  

 

While it does have its moments, “The Family” is not one of his best.

 

The problem is that Besson has dusted off almost all the old Hollywood Mafia tropes and transported them into the present -- and off to France.  As if to reinforce that backward look, he’s cast Mafia movie veteran Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer (who cut her teeth in such gangster classics as “Married to the Mob” and, of course, “Scarface”).  In one

My Late Start: Going Back to College to Get an Art Degree

My Late Start: Going Back to College to Get an Art Degree

My moment of enlightenment came during a painting class I took several years ago through the Continuing Studies program at Maine College of Art (MECA). It was called Painting for the True Blue Beginner and was taught by artist Patsea Cobb.

Movies: "The Spectacular Now"

Movies: "The Spectacular Now"

 

It’s back to school time, and just to remind us older folks what that was like, there have been a spate of recent, serious movies about high school age kids.  You know, first loves, sex, real or imagined, partying and -- occasionally -- studying for class.

 

So far, this is the best of the lot.