Screening Classic Hollywood: “I Want to Live!” (1958)

Warning: Full spoilers for the film follow. I've been wanting to watch I Want to Live! for quite some time now, if for no other reason than that it's referenced twice in The Golden Girls (always a solid reason to watch a film, IMO). Well, I did, and I have to say, I was enraptured … Continue reading Screening Classic Hollywood: “I Want to Live!” (1958)

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Reading History: “The Huntress” (by Kate Quinn)

Warning: Some spoilers follow. I've been a fan of Kate Quinn's historical novels for some years now. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed when she moved away from antiquity and the Renaissance into the 20th Century, but then I read The Alice Network, and all of my doubts were utterly swept away. … Continue reading Reading History: “The Huntress” (by Kate Quinn)

A Tale of Two Endings: “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book”

When Green Book was announced as the winner of the Best Picture at this year's Academy Award, one could practically hear the collective groan that went up. The film, many argued, was too simplistic and too banal in its exploration of race relations in America, particularly when compared to other films such as Barry Jenkins's If … Continue reading A Tale of Two Endings: “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book”

Book Review: “The Last Tsar’s Dragons” (by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple)

Note: I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book to review. I have to say that the title is what drew me to this strange but enjoyable little novella. How on earth, I thought, can one make dragons relevant to the Russian Revolution? Somehow, mother and son … Continue reading Book Review: “The Last Tsar’s Dragons” (by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple)

Reading History: “A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin” (by Simon Jenkins)

Every so often you find a book that is quite upfront about what it is and what it isn't, and such is Simon Jenkins's A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin. Beginning with ancient Greece and going from there, Jenkins provides a magisterial overview of several thousand years of European history. It's a … Continue reading Reading History: “A Short History of Europe: From Pericles to Putin” (by Simon Jenkins)

Reading History: “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mid of America” (by Greg Grandin)

Note: My sincere thanks to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in return for an honest review. Every so often you read a piece of history that is blistering, refreshing, and utterly compelling. Such is historian Greg Grandin's The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. This book explores the ways in which the frontier as a concept, a myth, and an ideology has remained … Continue reading Reading History: “The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mid of America” (by Greg Grandin)