Archive for March, 2011

Jane Eyre (Fukunaga)

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

No movie adaptation of Jane Eyre is likely to please me; the most I can hope for is that I don’t wince too much. Jane Eyre was my first favorite book, the first book I connected to. Our relationship began when I was 14, seeing the Susannah York/George C. Scott adaptation on TV’s Hallmark Hall […]


Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

“Hunch personalizes the internet by getting to know you and then making smart recommendations about what you might like.” — About Hunch Yesterday I played around with Hunch for a couple of hours and by the end of the day I felt I still hadn’t realized any benefit. I’d told it a lot about me […]

With Respect to the Japanese

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

With Respect to the Japanese was published in 1984 as the Japanese economic juggernaut loomed over the US. At that time, Americans eyed Japan with the twin emotions of fear and wonder. What’s happened to American companies? Why don’t we have anything like Sony or Toyota? (This was before Apple, Amazon, and Google.) This is […]

The Last Colony

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

The saga continues. And we’re back to first person narrative and the voice of John Perry. Yay! I think John Scalzi finally gets the balance between dialog and description right. (Except between pages 199-203.) The Last Colony is a very satisfying tying up of story lines and themes. Quotes and Notes 2011-03-02. Added after reading […]

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