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    "Marriage Story" (Noah Baumbach's new movie) is...

    "Marriage Story" (Noah Baumbach's new movie) is an anti-rom-com. That is, it uses romantic comedy conventions in a movie about a divorce. The lawyers, the sidekicks, and the in-laws are all played...
  2. Thread: Clerical pay

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    In "Last Chronicle of Barset" Reverend Crawley...

    In "Last Chronicle of Barset" Reverend Crawley makes 70 Pounds a year, which keeps him impoverished (he has a wife and three children). He can't afford to buy decent clothes. I'm not sure where the...
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    In Bong Joon-ho's new movie "Parasite", the Kim...

    In Bong Joon-ho's new movie "Parasite", the Kim family represent the underclass. You can tell, because they live in a basement apartment, and get free wifi only by perching on the toilet. They are...
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    "Dolor y Gloria" (Pain and Glory) is Pablo...

    "Dolor y Gloria" (Pain and Glory) is Pablo Almodolmvar's new movie. It's a colorful trip, exploring art, memory, and life. The movie opens with Antonio Banderas (who plays the Almodovar figure)...
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    I love Trollope's "aside" digressions. In his...

    I love Trollope's "aside" digressions. In his autobiography, Trollope claims that he was inept at inventing plots, and often made things up as he went along. He cared about the characters, not the...
  6. Thread: Darkness at Noon

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    I agree with everything Empty said, and will only...

    I agree with everything Empty said, and will only try to entertain any fans who may still be reading (Danik? Is that you?) with another Jane Austen quote, this time from "Sense and Sensibility":
  7. Thread: Darkness at Noon

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    Oh no! I'm void! Horrors! Funny stuff, Empty....

    Oh no! I'm void! Horrors!

    Funny stuff, Empty. I will respond only by quoting Jane Austen, from Northanger Abbey. Catherine Morland is talking to Henry Tilney. Catherine speaks first:
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    Despite objecting to "Leghorn", in general I...

    Despite objecting to "Leghorn", in general I think different languages are free to use their own pronunciations and words. American who say, "May he co" or "Chee lay" seem affected. After all, we...
  9. Thread: Darkness at Noon

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    Good to see you posting at LitNet, Empty. I...

    Good to see you posting at LitNet, Empty. I generally read your posts, and sometimes even try (often unsuccessfully) to understand them.

    I have trouble understanding them because you use words in...
  10. Thread: Darkness at Noon

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    Darkness at Noon

    "Darkness at Noon" is ranked #8 on Modern Library's list of 100 greatest English novels. This is strange, because it was originally written in German. However, Arthur Koestler wrote the novel in...
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    I'm no Nabokov expert, but I think he WAS a...

    I'm no Nabokov expert, but I think he WAS a romantic, like Humbert and Kinbote, his most famous creations. He had a sense of humor about it, and a bit of modern cynicism. He also liked to show off...
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    Nabokov grew up speaking three languages at home:...

    Nabokov grew up speaking three languages at home: Russian, French, and English. He wrote elegantly in all three.

    He also lived in Berlin for 15 years during the 20s and 30s (his sister died in...
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    Nabokov in Oregon

    Vladimir Nabokov taught at Cornell for most of the 1950s. He lived in Ashland, Oregon (my current home state) briefly while he was finishing "Lolita" (1953) and chasing butterflies during his summer...
  14. Thread: Not Guilty!?

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    Tey (who is a mystery writer from 70 years ago,...

    Tey (who is a mystery writer from 70 years ago, not a historian) proposes that the Princes did NOT disappear under Richard's care. No mention of their disappearance is made until after the Battle of...
  15. Thread: Not Guilty!?

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    I remember reading about that (although I'd...

    I remember reading about that (although I'd forgotten until you mentioned it). Tey (in the person of her detective) thinks Richard was perhaps mildly deformed (especially compared to his handsome...
  16. Thread: Not Guilty!?

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    Not Guilty!?

    I recently listened to a audio book entitled "The Daughter of Time" by Josephine Tey. Tey apparently writes mystery novels, and in this one her fictional detective (whose name I can't remember and...
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    I also saw "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood". I...

    I also saw "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood". I agree with Secret. It's very good -- probably Tarantino's best since "Kill Bill". Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are appropriately star-like;...
  18. I just read "Mrs. Dalloway". To be more precise,...

    I just read "Mrs. Dalloway". To be more precise, I listened to it while driving to the mountains. I liked it, but perhaps my enjoyment was enhanced because the reader was a refined-sounding Brit. ...
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    Thanks, Pompey. I was actually channeling Oscar...

    Thanks, Pompey. I was actually channeling Oscar Wilde instead of HCA (if anyone has never read Wilde's Christian children's stories like "The Selfish Giant" and "The Happy Prince", now's a good...
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    The Little Sparrow

    The Little Sparrow




    Once, a long time ago, a little sparrow decided to fly south for the winter. In the summer, the sparrow lived in a great forest in the North of Europe. During the days,...
  21. Thread: Do you write?

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    Like Charlie, I write stories for my family (I...

    Like Charlie, I write stories for my family (I have two grandsons, ages one and three). My grandsons also insist that I tell them stories constantly (I babysit them every week and my story ideas are...
  22. I am hardly "staggered" by anything Empty writes....

    I am hardly "staggered" by anything Empty writes. However, I am confused. Look at ES's first sentence:



    What (I wonder) does "I put them on account" mean? Why the awkward phrasing? Why...
  23. Of this we can be certain: Empty's aphorisms will...

    Of this we can be certain: Empty's aphorisms will not be "cursory". I wonder, though, if "resignation" can be "draconic"? The two words seem incompatible. Also, why "a good share of" draconic...
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    I love to travel -- for one thing, it's necessary...

    I love to travel -- for one thing, it's necessary for my hobby of mountaineering. I just got back from two weeks in Colorado, I've been to Yosemite already this spring, I'm going to the Sierras...
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    I love sports. I played ice hockey in college,...

    I love sports. I played ice hockey in college, and played every major American sport (soccer, softball, basketball, football (flag), lacrosse, racket ball, tennis, golf, etc) as an adult. I've...
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