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Pop Picks – November 7, 2022

Posted on November 7, 2022

What I’m watching: I’ve long thought that Jennifer Lawrence’s acting in 2010’s Winter’s Bone was her best work and a tour de force. Then we watched Causeway, the new film released on Apple TV+. After going with blockbuster and conventional Hollywood fare in ways that made me despair for her best self (even if she cleaned up professionally), […]

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Pop Picks – September 7, 2022

Posted on September 7, 2022

What I’m watching: Just saw Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis and absolutely loved it. Critics mostly were “meh” and it rated only a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. I say this as someone who doesn’t love musicals nor biopics in general, but this was so much fun. Mostly because of Luhrmann’s baroque style, visual vocabulary, and strap-yourself-in pacing. He is […]

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Pop Picks – August 10, 2022

Posted on August 10, 2022

What I’m reading: I’m in an Antarctica state of mind and used a 16-hour plane ride and then being laid low by Covid to read two splendid books: Alfred Lansing’s 1959 Endurance, the best book about Ernest Shackleton’s incredible voyage, and Sara Wheeler’s Terra Incognita, her 1996 adventure travel book which is as much about a spiritual […]

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Pop Picks – April 25, 2022

Posted on April 25, 2022

What I’m reading Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet is stunningly good. And searing in parts, as it goes deep into the grief of losing a child in ways that are almost unbearable to read, unimaginable as it is to any parent. It’s also the intimate story of Agnes, Shakespeare’s wife (he is actually a secondary character), their marriage, family, and journey. […]

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Pop Picks – February 28, 2022

Posted on February 28, 2022

What I’m reading Just finished Laura Spinney’s 2017 Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed The World. Reading about a pandemic that killed more than 50 million people may sound like the last thing one wants to do given the last two years, but we need to start making sense of […]

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Pop Picks – January 10, 2022

Posted on January 10, 2022

What I’m reading: The minute it came out, I bought Colson Whitehead’s Harlem Shuffle and cancelled all plans to read it in almost one sitting. I’d read a catalog if he wrote it. Set in Harlem in the 1960s, it’s the story of Ray Carney, owner of a furniture store trying to achieve the American dream for his family, […]

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Pop Picks – February 10, 2021

Posted on February 10, 2021

What I’m reading: I just started Children of Ash and Elm, a very readable and fascinating history of the Vikings,by Neil Price. Ninety percent of what I thought I knew about the Vikings is wrong, thus far. Best of all, on almost every page I have a “Really?!” moment (causing me to yet again interrupt Pat’s […]

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Pop Picks – January 2, 2021

Posted on January 2, 2021

What I’m reading: Once in a while, there comes along a book that is so breathtakingly good that it saddens one to near its end. Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing, the story of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland and the murder of a mother of ten, is one such book. It’s about that murder, but so much more, […]

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Pop Picks – October 12, 2020

Posted on October 12, 2020

What I’m reading: Two related books: Humanocracy, a new book by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, and Bureaucracy: What Government Agencies Do and Why They Do It, a 1989 book by James Q. Wilson. They offer very different explorations of how organizational bureaucracies work and how they might work differently and better (the Wilson book) or be reconceived […]

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Pop Picks – June 15, 2020

Posted on June 15, 2020

What I’m reading:  I am almost in despair for the way the pandemic has reduced my reading time, some combination of longer days, lack of plane time, and mental distraction, I think. However, I just finished Marguerite Yourcenar’s magisterial Memoirs of Hadrian, a historical novel, though I hesitate to call it that because A) she would likely reject […]

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