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Losing My Religion
Losing My Religion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theme song for the religiously disaffected, August 9, 2014
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Mohammedans have the muezzin; Catholics have the Ode to Joy; Protestants have "Amazing Grace." Why can't the disaffected, skeptics and agnostics have a theme song? I nominate "Losing my Religion" and suspect it will be the runaway favorite.


Eu Menti
Eu Menti
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh the memories..., August 9, 2014
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Rio in 1993, what can you say about it? The Cruzeiro, 30% monthly inflation, the Candelária Massacre. Despite those things, things were actually getting better, but you'd never guess in your day-to-day life. Then comes along a series of MPB and pagode hits like this one and you remember that living in Rio was just *fun.*

So: Love makes you crazy, makes you say things you regret, but later comes the trembling sweats (ok, *you* try translating "calafrio") and the fear of finding yourself alone makes you throw in the towel [and go back to your love].


We're All Alone
We're All Alone
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the 45 version, August 9, 2014
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Not the version you heard on the radio growing up in the 1970s. It's a remake with a more jazz/blues emphasis; not bad, but not the real thing.


Your Heart Belongs to Me: A Novel
Your Heart Belongs to Me: A Novel
by Dean Koontz
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4.0 out of 5 stars The one who walks away from Omelas, July 3, 2014
Fascinating book by Koontz, I know a lot of other people don't like the book, but I think they are reading it like an early Koontz, rather than his more recent work, which is more spiritual and philosophical. The underlying moral question this book poses is: how complicit are we in others' suffering because of our wants? The corollary question to the answer is then: what do we do about it when we recognize our complicity? You're not going to find these questions addressed in your typical thriller or mystery. I agree that the supernatural / religious part of the book didn't quite fit, but neither did it reduce the power of the message. I'll gladly take a book like this over "Dark Rivers of the Heart" any time.


Is Administrative Law Unlawful?
Is Administrative Law Unlawful?
by Philip Hamburger
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Hope So, June 8, 2014
As a practitioner who has had to deal with the administrative law process over the years, I've come to realize that it truly is the vehicle of fascism in this county, or if that word is too emotive for you, authoritarianism / statism. There's nothing worse that an executive branch assuming Article III powers, whether it be at the federal level or its state equivalent. It's the worst of both worlds. Merely by posing the question Mr. Hamburger is performing an invaluable service. It's time to stop the Leviathan before our lives become those like Sam Lowry's in Brazil.


Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Bakhtians must be crazy, September 11, 2013
A consistent theme of humanity is that things used to be better. C.f. Genesis chs. 1-3. The cinematic equivalent of this tendency is to idealize the primitive, to demonstrate to the world that if we could just lay down our I-Phones, get off the internet, get away from the music, movies, microcode and high-speed pizza delivery, get back to nature and dammit just *live,* everyone would be better off. Herzog's exposition is a continuation of that theme.

Our oblation for living the wealthiest, healthiest and best lifestyle in the history of the world, is to genuflect to those people who live simply and quietly. It's actually a strange form of moral conceit, our acknowledgement of moral inferiority for not living close to the land, as we happily shop on e-bay and buy our conveniently packaged and tasty fast food. Even our penance is easy.


Last Kind Words
Last Kind Words
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless, September 11, 2013
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It's been said that when you get to the heart of evil, nothing is there. This movie is the cinematic equivalent for a ghost story: when you get to its heart, nothing is there. Put aside its inconsistencies (e.g., the bodies, supposedly "deep in the woods" are just a hop, skip and jump over the backyard fence). Put aside its head-scratching attempts at plot twists (e.g., having Waylon SPOILER ALERT kill himself at the end even though Amanda has already disappeared). Bottom line, the movie just doesn't deliver, not chills, not dread, not shocks, not...anything.


Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
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5.0 out of 5 stars You love her but she loves him and he loves somebody else you just can't win?, April 14, 2013
What is true love? Steve Carroll, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore and pretty much everybody else finds out in this witty take on the Victorian romance novel theme, with misunderstood messages, misplaced letters, true love, bored love, and ultimate...well, if not exactly happiness, certainly second chances at happiness. Highly recommended.


The Rebound
The Rebound
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4.0 out of 5 stars All you need is love, love -- love is all you need?, April 4, 2013
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If you cut through the age difference between the leads, you'll see that they are actually highly compatible and they have everything needed to make the relationship work. They're both educated New Yorkers, intelligent, hard-working, honest, caring, thoughtful and capable. They have chemistry (excellent casting by the way, that really comes through) and, as is crucial in any blended relationship, Sandy's children adore Aram, and Aram adores them back.

In fact, if there's anything that's contrived in the storyline, it's the stock SPOILER ALERT "there must be a breakup" section that's written in for no other reason than it seems like it always has to be. It's contrived not only because it's a cliche (ok ABF, "cliché" if you prefer), but because it's totally unnecessary. The two are perfect for each other.


Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tuesdays with Bore-me, March 28, 2013
The book plows the same ground as many others have done before, some with much more success. "Tuesdays With Morrie" is to books on dying what "The Purpose-Driven Life" is to books on Christianity: rehashing the basics while aiming at a mass-market, middlebrow audience.

At some point the anodyne aphorisms and philo-religio- mishmash yield diminishing returns and we're left with the same basic truths we can glean from ancient texts since Old Testament times: appreciate your time here, love your family, living the good life leads to grace in death, etc. Still, I suppose doing that constitutes a better life than "To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."


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