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John Malkovich as the Le Baron du Charlus and Vincent Perez as Morel (Time Regained,1999) Friends and readers, For the last day I thought I would tell of Jim’s books, his favorites and those (insofar as I can tell) that influenced him as a boy, had an impact on his memory and outlook and that […]

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‘How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book?’ [Thoreau, Walden Pond] — And how many more a woman? This is the edition I’ve read this book in so many times …. To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world […]

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Judy Dench as Paulina in Kenneth Branagh’s recent production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale I, that please some, try all, both joy and terror Of good and bad, that makes and unfolds error, Now take upon me, in the name of Time, To use my wings — Winter’s Tale, Act 4, Time I’ve reached Day […]

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Tom Hollander as Dr Thorne (scripted by Jerome Fellowes, Hollander is right for the part) Friends and readers, About four days ago I joined in on a meme on face-book: you are asked to cite 10 books that influenced you strongly or made a real impact on you or your life, one a day for […]

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Scarlett Johansson by Annie Leibovitz — although Johansson is not capable of nuanced subtlety she was right for Mary Boleyn (the comments has a biography of Mary Boleyn) Johansson with Javier Bardem (I remember Before Night Falls), another Leibovitz concoction Instead of the famous “Art of Losing:” I will be good; I will be good. […]

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Brian Friel’s Translations at the Studio Theater (14th Street) Friends and readers, Since returning from Milan, and my health improving, I’ve been to the theater twice, and the concert hall at Kennedy Center, and the experiences have shown me whatever the rotten, seepingly poisonous and willfully destructive behavior of those in the rooms and corridors […]

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Claire at Culloden (Caitriona Balfe), third season –a 1950s costume seen through demure 2017 eyes Dear friends and readers, I am just now listening to Davina Porter read aloud dramatically (with nuance and appropriate tones) an unabridged text of Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber and engaged in rewatching Season 1 of the mini-series (every couple […]

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From The English Patient: the burnt-up hero (Ralph Fiennes) reading Herodotus, the Canadian who has been tortured (William Dafoe) A Syllabus For a course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at George Mason University Day: Eight Wednesday later morning into afternoons, 11:50 to 1:15 pm, March 29 to May 17 Tallwood, 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, […]

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Ross (Aidan Turner) and Demelza (Eleanor Tomlinson) Elizabeth (Heida Reed), Geoffrey Charles (unnamed) and George Warleggan (Jack Farthing) She’d say life holds only two or three things worth the having, and if you possess them the rest don’t matter, and if you do not possess them the rest are useless (Graham, Warleggan, Bk 4:Ch 5, […]

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Claire (Caitriona Balfe) nursing an abandoned neonate (called a changeling), 1 Outlander 10 (By the Pricking of My Thumb) Jamie: Been looking all over for ye. Claire: I met Geillis Duncan on the road. Jamie. She told me where ye were. It’s dangerous to be out here alone, Sassenach. Claire: Don’t tell me you believe […]

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