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Movies: "Skyfall"

Movies: "Skyfall"

 

Boy, are you in for a good time at the new James Bond movie.

 

I don’t know what got into British director Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,””The Road to Perdition”) but whatever it was, it worked.  He’s brought the energy, the action and the wit of the early Bond movies back to life and the results are pure movie pleasure.

 

Another great asset in “Skyfall” is its villain.  Javier Bardem (the cattle-gun killer in “No Country for Old Men”) plays Silva, a Wikileaks-style computer hacker who burrows into MI6 files, causing all sorts of mayhem.  It’s a personal at

Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan!

Happy Birthday, Carl Sagan!

Did you know that in addition to loving space, and the planets, Carl Sagan loved books too?

Today is his birthday.  He would only be in his late 70s. 

I loved Carl Sagan.  As a kid, I can remember his NOVA specials on PBS (one of the 3 stations we got) being total appointment television.  Yeah, I'm geeking out here....

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Movies: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Movies: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

 

Think of the very best high school coming-of-age movies: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “16 Candles,” “Dazed and Confused,” maybe “10 Things I Hate about You.”

 

Although it has its moments, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is not one of them.

 

Directed by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the popular novel of the same name, “Wallflower” tries to cram every possible youthful experience into the first year in high school of a kid named Charlie (Logan Lerman, who played the kid in “3:10 to Yuma”).  First love, first acid trip, first heartbreak, you name it.

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

I'm not just thrifty about books.  Frugality is in nearly every part of my life.

The most interesting thing about frugality is that it invites, even forces creativity.  Recently Goodwill Industries of Northern New England invited me to guest blog about my adventures with "repurposing" yarn (I'm a very avid knitter) and the happy results!

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Angels - not nearly as angelic as you might think

Angels - not nearly as angelic as you might think

I recently read YET ANOTHER book set largely in Manhattan (BTW, an encouraging shout-out to everyone dealing with the aftermath of Sandy!). 

Forget about vampires or zombies,  meet some sexy, scary angels in Danielle Trussoni's Angelology.

Trussoni's angels aren't "angelic" - at all.  And their off-spring, the "Nephilim," are narcissistic supernatural beings, looking to dominate the world.  Thrilling, subtly erotic, mysterious, with the suggestion that these superhuman beings walk, cloaked, among us.  It's fun in a frightening kind of way. 

A spooky, sort of Halloween way, even.

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The Maine Crafts Guild 16th Annual "Crafts at the Museum" Show

The Maine Crafts Guild 16th Annual "Crafts at the Museum" Show

Experience firsthand the direct link between Maine's long history of fine handcrafted objects and its contemporary practitioners at the 16th Annual Crafts Show at the Museum, sponsored by the Maine Crafts Guild on November 3 & 4, 2012 at the Maine State Museum in the Capital Complex, 230 State Street in Augusta.

The Maine Crafts Guild has partnered with the Maine State Museum for 16 years in presenting this festive early November event.  Dozens of Maine's finest professional craftspeople gather to display work that stands the test of time. Each artisan makes his or her livelihood from their craft, and dedicates their lives to making work that will become tomorrow's heirlooms.

In the Maine State Museum's light-filled atrium, you can explore the work of woodworkers who design and fashion their pieces from raw materials to finished furniture, bowls and utensils. Visit with potters who fire colorfully carved pieces or earth-toned wood-fired work.