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Cover ArtHysteria [videorecording]
I watched this movie for the costumes. The elegant Victorian costumes. And the proper English speech. Nothing salacious there. Will the kids in the back please stop snickering? The titillation dissolves into an ordinary boy-meets-girl love story rather than intensifying into an indictment of the institutionalization and the hysterectomies prescribed for the spurious diagnosis of hysteria, an evasion redeemed by a short documentary appended to the feature film that reveals Nicholas Copernicus’s inadvertent retardation of feminism. By exposing the sexist legislation that remains in effect in some US states, the documentary contradicts the optimistic perspective chosen for the drama, giving a mixed answer to the question of the progress that men and women have made toward understanding one another.   posted Feb 1, 2014 at 3:11PM

Cover ArtSleep tight [videorecording] = Mientras duermes
Director Jaume Balaguero also created “Rec,” a loud, chaotic horror movie. Despite the innovative narrative technique used in Rec, one never forgets that it is essentially a vampire tale, a fiction. The terror in Mientras Duermes is more frightening because it is plausible. The agent is a thoroughly evil person who seems outwardly benign, someone you might see without noticing.   posted Feb 1, 2014 at 3:07PM

Cover ArtElephonic rhapsodies [sound recording].
Everybody loves the dolphins. They have smooth, rounded features and voices that can imitate children. How is one to love an elephant, with a tough skin and a broken-trumpet voice? Giving them the instruments to express themselves in sounds that we recognize is a start, and there is potential to enhance this communication through collaboration with human orchestras and—my favorite—throat singers, but I would hope that our goal as a species is to broaden our understanding so that we may appreciate the beauty of these animals in their own language.   posted Feb 1, 2014 at 2:58PM

Cover ArtSkyfall [videorecording]
Ha, ha, nice try, Mr. Bond, but Silva was an expendable messenger. I am still very much alive. You do not know me? No, of course not. Always the sentimentalist, you were preoccupied with your dying lover as our theme song played. Your English prejudice prevents you from recognizing the classic French tune, Mr. Bond. You remember now? Ah, it was so long ago; we were only children in the schoolyard, but your words, "Van Chicken Soup," how they hurt. All will be made clear in time, and you will be called to reckoning. Until we meet again, Mr. Bond. What happy times we shall have!   posted Feb 1, 2014 at 2:46PM

Cover ArtRez life [sound recording] : [an Indian's journey through reservation life]
by Treuer, David.
I judged this book by its cover, I was wrong, and I still won. The book would have been good enough if it had described modern life on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation, but the author reaches further. David Treuer helped me to see Indian (a term which he prefers to "Native American") history through new eyes. Into the great span of European settlement and into current, local issues such as fishing and casinos, he weaves the story of his family and the Dakota people.   posted Oct 7, 2013 at 5:41PM

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