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Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village
DVD
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3.0 out of 5 stars Guess who's missing?, November 13, 2014
This is not a Ken Burns grade documentary, but it is engaging nonetheless. It has some rare footage, a range of interviews with some of the survivors and a rosy feel good tinge about how swell it all was. If you are a contemporary this will ring some bells and send you into nostalgic longing for all the much loved 33s. If you are trying to understand your parents' or grandparents' generation, you'll likely come away unenlightened.

How it is possible to avoid mentioning the name of Joan Baez in a recounting of those days is beyond all fathoming. There are one or two stills in which she can be seen, and a nice Richard & Mimi set. Sort of like trying to talk about the Cuban Missile Crisis without actually mentioning that Jack Kennedy had something to do with it.


Locke
Locke
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And you think YOU had a rough day?, August 18, 2014
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Ivan Locke is one of those buttoned down, straight arrow types that get hired to do impossible jobs that no one else will take. No, he's not a Navy Seal, he's a construction manager.

Yeah, I know. Boring. What's more, he gets in a car in the dark and spends the entire film driving alone, all the time juggling balls to keep the current project going (in less than 12 hours all the cement trucks in England are arriving for a monster pour) and trying to cope with a smaller project whose schedule has been accelerated two months and is due at the same time. His wife and kids are unhappy about his plans for the night. His boss is breaking out in hives. His assistant is scared senseless. And he needs the cooperation of a lot of other people who don't work for him.

It's a stirring meditation on how a man chooses which right thing to do when he can't do them all. And how he keeps his head when those around him are losing theirs and blaming on him.


Moen T2701 Level Posi-Temp Valve Trim Kit without Valve, Chrome
Moen T2701 Level Posi-Temp Valve Trim Kit without Valve, Chrome

3.0 out of 5 stars 3 stars for quality, no stars for instructions, August 12, 2014
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The written instructions are minimal, the illustrations ambiguous, and it requires a 7/64th hex wrench, not 3/32, as stated


Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Capital in the Twenty-First Century
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not an easy read, but rewarding, June 24, 2014
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The topic is timely and important, the writing is lucid, the scope is global and the coverage spans two centuries. It covers a lot. No wonder it's a lot to take in.

If you persevere, you will find yourself thinking in depth about capital. What it's good for, how it is and ought be distributed, whether CEOs are smart or just lucky and a wealth of over issues about which public debate has been impoverished over the past 35 years by the mantra of "markets good, government bad." It reminds me a lot of Drucker's book, Management, this way. You may not agree with the author but you will never think about the subject in the same way again after reading the book.


Tim's Vermeer
Tim's Vermeer
DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think of the audacity ..., June 14, 2014
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I'm not a painter but I am going to try to reproduce a Vermeer from scratch using only methods and materials available to the original artist. This includes reproducing Vermeer's studio and furnishings and working only with natural light.

This films makes two things totally clear: even geniuses have to sweat the details and the wonder is not how few paintings Vermeer left but how many.


The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel
The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel
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5.0 out of 5 stars A haiku of the less mythic West, June 13, 2014
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McMurty imagines Wyatt Earp as a Zen master of tenseness and fills his world with characters both improbable and true to life. Perfect on the mobile to read a chapter will waiting for your coffee


95ers: Time Runners
95ers: Time Runners
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows how far passion will carry a film, May 14, 2014
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This film is far above what you might expect, given the unknown cast and crew. To get an idea of the shoestring budget, you just need to look for the leading actor in the credits -- she does a lot more than just star.

Going into it without expectations reminded me of seeing Star Wars when it first came out. Yes, it's scifi, yes parts are a bit corny, but there's wit and some twists, too. Unlike SW, these characters aren't mythic but very human. Jerk of a husband, a crowd of friends rehearsing A Christmas Carol in true amateur fashion, a sassy teenage pool shark and a woman haunted by one past that can't be changed and another that perhaps can be.

She gets the opportunity to edit her pasts but finds that it is not as easy to predict the alternative future that results as you might think.
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Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction
Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From before the beginning until after the end, April 12, 2014
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The Civil War did not begin with the attack on Fort Sumner nor did it end with the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. Guelzo lays out the Civil War in its broad historical context, emphasizing the political over the military struggle and fills out details of daily life that bring those generations into a more lifelike view.


The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (New York Review Books Classics Book 3)
The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos (New York Review Books Classics Book 3)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars irrepressible curiosity, March 29, 2014
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Fermor turned his back on college and took his ear for languages, eye for detail and an abundant capacity for friendship to the continent in his late teens in the years leading to WWII. This third, unfinished memoir of a journey on foot through the Balkans recalls the old man's vivid memories of the boy's wide eyed gulps of fresh experience. Some of the sentences, unfashionably too long to tweet, remind us that some ideas are too full to compress and require uninterrupted flow.


The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Requires a leap of faith, like heaven, but you get to keep on living, March 12, 2014
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This book is for you if you like fresh bread at home, but ...

- you live in White Bread Land
- you live where you can buy decent bread for around $3-5 a loaf, but you don't want to spend that much a week
- you don't have the time to devote to mixing, kneading, rising, punching down, rising, baking the traditional way with all the worry about crust and crumb

Following the method in this book takes about 1/2 hour a week in prep time for a basic round loaf, baked daily. Actually, not even that much once you get going. I just spent like 3 minutes forming a loaf and then another 4 minutes making a new batch of dough for the next several loaves. I'm letting the loaf rest while I write this and the oven heats, then it'll bake for a half hour and rest for a couple more.

It takes a leap of faith. The dough is really wet, more like batter, and STICKY. It barely holds a shape and you think you'll end up with a pancake. But it really does "spring" in the oven and develop a crisp, nutty crust and an open crumb.

I do think it's going to take me some experimenting to get the right balance between crust and crumb so that both tastes stand out. The first batch produced a crust that so dominates the crumb that you really can't appreciate the crumb without cutting off the crust. The good news is that I can so easily adjust things that it shouldn't take long to do the fine tuning.

You'll need a minimum of equipment and supplies. A jar of yeast, kosher salt, a bag of all-purpose white flour, a one cup measure, a tablespoon measure, parchment paper (or cornmeal), a dough knife/scrapper, a wooden spoon, a lidded 6 qt container that will fit in your fridge, a serrated knife, a ceramic tile or cast iron pan to lay the dough on (I use a comal, a flat round skillet like for fajitas), a pizza peel (or an inverted cookie sheet) to slide the loaf onto the stone or pan, and a wire cooling rack. You probably have most of this stuff already, but I'd guess you could assemble everything from scratch for maybe $75.

Great good fun, and tastes good, too.
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