Archive for November, 2011

Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Enchanted by the movie, I searched for a used copy of the book for about half a year. In my impatience, I finally bought the paperback edition new from Amazon. When it arrived, I read it in a night. After all my anticipation, I felt a little let down. The book is slight. In fact, […]

Change of Season

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

A change of season always invigorates me especially if it is changing from summer to fall. Although Advent is weeks away, I’m already in prep mode. That means cleaning out closets. The physical weighing, evaluating, maintaining, and purging reinforces my psychological need to step back and take stock of the year and my life. We […]

Maps of the Sounds of Tokyo

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

This 2009 Spanish film starts out very promising and so is all the more disappointing when it doesn’t fulfill its promise. Watching the first third of it I became deeply aware that the way a film is shot and edited, the language of film-making, has a distinctive national accent. I’m used to the flavor of […]

The surface and beneath the surface