The distinguished British man of letters J. R. Ackerley hardly thought of himself as a dog lover when, well into middle age, he came into possession of a German shepherd. To his surprise, she turned out to be the love of his life, the “ideal friend” he had been searching for in vain for years. … Continue reading My Dog Tulip – New York Review Books
On July 1, 1959, at Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, the social psychologist Milton Rokeach brought together three paranoid schizophrenics: Clyde Benson, an elderly farmer and alcoholic; Joseph Cassel, a failed writer who was institutionalized after increasingly violent behavior toward his family; and Leon Gabor, a college dropout and veteran of World War II. The … Continue reading The Three Christs of Ypsilanti — Movie Tie-In Edition – New York Review Books
Directed by Spike Jonze. With Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton. A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt 'The Orchid Thief' by Susan Orlean for the screen. — Read on m.imdb.com/title/tt0268126/
In 1327, an enlightened friar and his young apprentice investigate a series of mysterious deaths at an abbey risking the wrath of a powerful Inquisitor. Television adaptation of Umberto Eco's novel 'The Name of the Rose' — Read on m.imdb.com/title/tt7572868/
The world is so big, so complicated, so replete with marvels and surprises that it takes years for most people to begin to notice that it is, also, irretrievably broken. We call this period of research “childhood.” There follows a program of renewed inquiry, often involuntary, into the nature and effects of mortality, entropy, heartbreak, … Continue reading The Film Worlds of Wes Anderson | by Michael Chabon | The New York Review of Books
Jiayang Fan writes about the hit Chinese TV series “Story of Yanxi Palace” and “Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace,” which have gone viral, despite Xi Jinping’s party’s resistance to their messaging. — Read on http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/in-china-shows-like-story-of-yanxi-palace-go-viral-and-the-party-is-not-amused
What does it take to be King? That is the question at the heart of James Wan's Aquaman. On the face of it, the winter's billion dollar hit is an epic comic book come to life. But like the comic book genre of literature (yes, we are calling it that, Bill Maher!) it touches upon … Continue reading Aquaman Review: what it has to say about leadership and belonging… and more.