Review: Dogville

We watched Lars von Trier’s Dogville this week (on DVD). I don’t quite know what to say about it. For starters, it is provocative, arresting, and puzzling. Continue reading “Review: Dogville

Review: It’s Complicated

It’s Complicated, written and directed by Nancy Meyers (2009), starring Meryl Streep, viewed at the Wilton Town Hall Theatre on January 15, 2010.

This is not a great movie. It’s not even the best movie I’ve seen in the past few weeks. But it is a very entertaining way to spend a few hours. And Meryl Streep is excellent. Continue reading “Review: It’s Complicated

Gene Robinson on Civility

We had the privilege of hearing Gene Robinson speak at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum last week. Among other things, his talk offered an unusually profound perspective on what is normally referred to as “civility.”

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Keeping Busy in Southern New Hampshire

This has been a very busy week — who says you have to live in the city to have a full menu of cultural offerings. Continue reading “Keeping Busy in Southern New Hampshire”

Art and Crafts

Yesterday Serafin and I drove up to Lake Sunapee to visit the annual fair of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (it runs through Sunday, the 9th). She had been there before, but it was my first time in the 23 summers I’ve lived in the state. I was stunned and delighted by the quality, quantity, and variety of work on display. Continue reading “Art and Crafts”

Review: Catching Fire


Review: Summer Hours

Summer Hours, directed by Olivier Assayas (2009, in French, with English subtitles), viewed at the Wilton Town Hall Theatre on July 10, 2009.

I found Summer Hours to be very engaging — not everyone’s cup of tea, perhaps, but for me an extremely compelling film. Continue reading “Review: Summer Hours

Thoughts About Heraclitus’ Fragment 60

Up down way: one and the same.
        —Heraclitus, Fragment 60

What might Heraclitus have meant? Continue reading “Thoughts About Heraclitus’ Fragment 60″