FDL Movie Night: HELL With Director Lisa Stock

By: Monday April 14, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s guest Lisa Stock works in the realm of magical realism, creating fantasy worlds redolent with myth and mystery. In HELL, a series of vignettes take us through dreamlike experiences that expound upon sins, a trip through Dante’s circles of Hell set in modern times, fraught with social anxiety and surreal saturated colors. She shot HELL in locations around the world, and adapts her tightly budgeted shoots to shifts in weather and other forces majeures.

 

Late Night: Early Readers

By: Monday October 8, 2012 8:00 pm

I can’t tell you how important it is to be able to write. Not from an artistic perspective, but from a practical one when searching for jobs or doing those jobs. If your e-mail is entirely AOL kiddiespeak, or misuses words, you don’t get to the next stage of the interview. If you can’t fill out a form in plain language, or read a paragraph to understand insurance benefits or a doctor’s instructions, or write a request letter, it stymies you in ways that go far beyond just the inconvenience of not expressing your thoughts clearly.

Part of solving this is equalizing the opportunity for exposure: better funding for libraries and musuems, especially in economically disadvantaged communities. Part of this is also making sure we close the digital divide; there are whole libraries online and I know the joke is that today’s technologically connected kids don’t read but reading on a screen is still reading.

FDL Movie Night: “There’s No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books”

By: Monday September 5, 2011 5:00 pm

In under four minutes, Andrew David Watson’s short film There’s No Place Like Here: Brazenhead Books takes us into the world of New York City bookseller Michael Seidenberg who moved his secondhand bookstore from a storefront to his apartment, creating a literary speakeasy, a secret bookstore where people browse and meander through the stacks and shelves, caressing, discussing, buying the volumes. At the same time, the film also explores the changing face of the urban landscape where independent businesses are squeezed out; and the losses we face as our ways of learning and leisure shift.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 5:00 am

I’m a big fan of Edith Wharton, too, along with Jane Austen, as well as a number of other writers. I often listen at librivox.org while I knit, because then I feel as if I am reading and knitting at the same time.

We’ll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet

By: Saturday January 1, 2011 8:10 am

Too many New Year’s Eves will come and go before humanity drinks from that Cup of Kindness Robert Burns spoke of in his classic poem, Auld Lang Syne. When that day comes, it will be because people in this degraded world finally listened to writers, poets, singers and songwriters, who’ve been the conscience of humanity ever since the lies of the first kings ignited the first wars and four thousand years of killing for gold and power began on the ancient battlegrounds of the Middle East.

…and then we came to the end.

By: Sunday December 6, 2009 7:00 pm

Since Sunday is a day of contemplation, lazy late morning coffee and book review sections, you may leave your suggestions for best final lines from short stories in the comments. Dig out your Poe, Carver, O’Connor, Cheever, Dahl, Seuss, Wolff (Tobias) & Woolf (Virginia) etc.

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