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Film review: Présence féminine

I was fiddling around with IMDB just now and found a review I wrote years ago... for a short film I'd watched decades before that. Here it is (slightly edited for punctuation, etc.): Présence féminine (1987) A wonderfully funny and bazaar short film A mysterious young woman arrives at a man's apartment with two suitcases. One… Continue reading Film review: Présence féminine

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Books read in 2016, no. 16 – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel Kindle Edition, 2014 The story opens with the onstage death of an actor, Arthur Leander, then moves back and forth between his former life and a post-apocalyptic future. We meet a variety of characters, disparate except for their connection to Leander. In the future we follow an itinerant group of… Continue reading Books read in 2016, no. 16 – Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Books read in 2016 – no.18 The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie

The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie Published 1945 by British Publishers Guild (first published 1941) This isn't quite such a romp as the wonderful 'Whisky Galore' but I very much enjoyed the gentle satire in this book. It's surprising/depressing to learn that Scotland's political landscape hasn't changed that much in the 75 years since this book was published.… Continue reading Books read in 2016 – no.18 The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie

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Books read in 2015 – no. 27 – Atlas of Remote Islands

Atlas of Remote Islands: Fifty islands I have never set foot on and never will by Judith Schalansky, (Translator Christine Lo), 2010 original title: Atlas der abgelegenen Inseln: Fünfzig Inseln, auf denen ich nie war und niemals sein werde This is a pretty, unusual, but ultimately bleak little book. The maps, at first glance so alluring, are actually rendered only… Continue reading Books read in 2015 – no. 27 – Atlas of Remote Islands

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Books read in 2015 – #17 – Tommy’s War

Tommy's War: a First World War diary 1913-18 by Thomas Cairns Livingstone, 2008 ISBN: 9780007285389 The re-discovered diaries of an ordinary man living in Glasgow during WWI. The book covers the period 1913-18. Thomas Livingstone is witty, intelligent and loves his wife and son very much. He often illustrates his diary with funny little drawings. I've… Continue reading Books read in 2015 – #17 – Tommy’s War