Thursday, May 11, 2000

Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community

by Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is an essayist who stirs up mixed feelings in me. When he questions the status quo, my first reaction is to cheer him on, but sometimes I find that I'm standing right in the middle of the s.q. and those barbs start coming right towards me. Basically, Mr. Berry is all for a simple life in small, rural, self-sustaining communities. He feels that big business, big government and big cities are all unhealthy and detrimental to the general populace. (Small cities tied into the surrounding farm country are cool, but not the huge metropolises.)(metropoli?) Just about all he has to say is worth listening to, whether you end up agreeing with him or not. The most unpleasant truth that he often speaks is that things are screwed up and that we are part of the cause. So I have to say check it out, even if you don't want a philosophical challenge. It's good for you.

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Thursday, May 04, 2000

The Three Stooges: An Illustrated History

by Michael Fleming

I first heard of this book in a newspaper article about a TV movie based on this book. As is my practice, I first watched the cinematic rendition and then delved into the book for its greater depth and eloquence. With this one, however, the greater depth was pretty shallow. Even so, it effectively tells the Stooges' story and then goes on to examine their cinematic legacy and provide a filmography of all of their Columbia two-reelers. If you are a Stooges fan, check it out. If not, it might make good waiting room material.

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