Cinema of Woody Allen
Our fall series of Woody Allen movies continue as Steve Hunt presents “Crimes and misdemeanors” In Woody... more
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Cinema of Woody Allen
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Can't make it to all those Halloween parties? You can be there in spirit with these creative, and mostly literary, costume ideas from Shmoop.
Top Costumes for When You Can't Make the Party:
- An Imaginary Number - When your friends text to ask where you are, just write back, “I'm an imaginary number!”
- Punctuation in an E.E. Cummings Poem - It just wouldn't be right to show up to a party as something that doesn't exist.
- The Higgs Boson - To be fair, you'd have to show up eventually, but you could get there several decades late…and we're guessing the party would be over by then.
- Godot - Spoiler alert: Godot never makes it to the party in Waiting for Godot. Brilliant postmodernism and genius costume.
- The End of a Tolstoy Novel -The end of a Tolstoy novel never comes anyway…hey-o!
If you're like me,the trick is to stay home and treat yourself to a book instead. These new books released today contain perennial Halloween costume role models: demons, a ghost, or a vampire.
Crisp cool winds, falling leaves, feels like Halloween is approaching; time for a creepy scary book to read! ...Read more
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
Fans of the Smitten Kitchen blog can rejoice in this cookbook by home cook Perelman. She cooks in a tiny New York City kitchen – although a friend told her upon move in that “ovens are for sweater storage.” Perelman’s love of cooking is apparent, with many photographs of both the process and finished product, with some innovative and some more classic recipes to try in your own kitchen, large or small.
Sentinel: A Spycatcher Novel
Written by an ex-MI6 field agent, Matthew Dunn, this spy thriller exudes authenticity. Trained to be the ultimate spy, Will Cochran is sent to Russia on a fool’s errand: to find a deep cover agent who has betrayed the U. S. and wants to start a war. Not only does Cochran face geographic and physical odds in Russia, political and economic tensions at home, he is up against the clock, and it is ticking!
Dan Brown’s latest, The Inferno follows the pattern of Brown’s other thrillers. There is an intellectual puzzle to be solved while baddies chase and threaten the good guys. The fate of the world is in Langdon’s hands and hands of the brilliant Sienna Brooks, who accompanies him. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, specifically “Inferno”, is the key to deciphering an obscure message left by an obsessed scientist, Zorbrist, who is intent on saving the world by destroying it. The chase and race is on… through the streets, alleyways, secret underground passages, hidden doors and tombs of Florence, Venice, and Istanbul.
Along the way Langdon delivers a running commentary on the rich history of the Italian Renaissance, Christian, and Islamic art. The abundance of information can distract from the plot versus enrich. I would recommend reading this book for the excitement of the chase, the clues and the underlying theme, but not the convoluted plotting.