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The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (Oprah Book Club #62)
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel (Oprah Book Club #62)
by David Wroblewski
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the inside out ..., November 16, 2008
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is a rare and stunning rebuke to the ordinariness of many a lesser novel. Over nearly 600 pages, Wroblewski traces the slow arc of a boy and dog story, fairly reinventing the genre in the process. Countless passages ring with a heartbrearking purity and clarity, volleying powerfully long after the surprising conclusion. A book like Edgar Sawtelle does not invite us in so much as it lays down its own compelling world, line by line inside the mind. If more stories were told with as much brawny beauty and compelling insight, people would be storming the battlements for more books, more words, more of this transforming magic. Edgar Sawtelle is a redeeming work of serious love and art. Read it, and you will never forget it.

Clown Paintings
Clown Paintings
by Diane Keaton
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars You're kidding me, right?, December 18, 2007
This review is from: Clown Paintings (Hardcover)
This is scary stuff and should be kept out of the hands of innocents. It is corruptive, corrosive and full of "CLOWN PAINTINGS", people. Clowns I tell you, clowns!

Need I say more?

I'm off in my jalopy now, away and away and away from those dastardly, red-nosed purveyors of horror.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stand-out in the field!, March 21, 2006
House and Garden is a no-holds barred celebration of great *design*, primarily of interiors -- and to a lesser extent "gardens" and exteriors -- but also of product and architecture, with a smattering of coverage dedicated to artistans, travel, wine, and music.

There is a spirit of high playfulness and arch but subtle, airy sensuality pervading H&G ... seems to me it's published by artistic souls for artistic souls ... if you want pedantic, safe, predictable, go for Traditional Home, House Beautiful, even Martha Stewart's Living or one of the other, more mainstream magazines. While it's true that not all of the issues are standouts -- the issues published around the end-of year holidays are generally thin and somewhat wan compared to the Spring and Fall issues, when staff are doubtless away on vacations and content must undoubtedy suffer -- overall House & Garden hits it out of the park more often than not.

Like Domino, it's newer, younger cousin in the field of "shelter magazines", it breathes the fresh air up there -- up above the cluttered field of clone publications which all proscribe the same cookie cutter "look" for homes -- and succeeds beautifully.

H&G is a real little monthly armchair primer on what's new and noteworthy in the field of residential design and related topics ... blissfully free of tiresome, ubiquitous celebrity coverage (the recent cover article on Jade Jagger notwithstanding). Even the font -- a clean, stylish Art Deco -- nods towards the knowing.

Highly recommended!

View from the Top
View from the Top
DVD ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short Skirts, Big Hair, and Service With a Smile!, March 15, 2006
This review is from: View from the Top (DVD)
How this movie adds up to more than the sum of its parts is difficult to explain without seeing it, but suspend disbelief (and pocket that cineaste elitism for a mo') and read on ...

First, Gwyneth Paltrow can do white trash girl with a heart of gold really, really well, as she's proven in other films (Duets comes to mind). She's got a great range. The woman won an Oscar, remember? She didn't grab the statue for this movie, but she's got the chops and she runs away with the role of Donna, the trailer park girl from Nevada with big dreams.

Second, Christina Applegate is deliciously duplicitious in the role of her friend and protege, and is proof that trash in Chanel's clothing is still ... well, trash. Then again, standing next to Gwyneth Paltrow, who isn't going to look somewhat less-than? (OK, so I'm biased. This is my disclaimer).

Third, Mike Meyers as flight attendant trainer? How funny is this? Do you love Mike Meyers? Why haven't you seen this movie yet? Not optional. A MUST OWN. He is high-larious, and the bloopers at the end of the movie are worth the price of a rental alone. ("I am a kitten ... ")

Fourth: The writing. No, not the plot, which is predictably formulaic and fairly predictable. What makes this movie pop like Jiffy is the way these actors take it and make it their own. What comes through loud and clear is how much fun these folks were having making this film. It is a romp! View From The Top could well have been called "Over The Top" because in some ways it is.

If the Farrelly Brothers has been Farrelly Sisters and made a kinder, gentler romantic comedy, I think this is precisely the kind of movie they'd have made.

I love it. So sue me. It's a riot, and it's heart warming to boot. More "love it" features include "don't hate me because I'm from the 80's" musical valentines (Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer"), and mouthwatering scenes of Paris (with Gwyneth strolling along the Seine wearing a beret looking oh so soignee).

A guilty, fat-free pleasure -- lather, rinse, repeat!

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh as a daisy, this is NOT your mother's home magazine!, March 5, 2006
In a market positively glutted with "shelter" magazines which are little more than glossy, sometimes feeble, ad-filled clones of already successful titles, Domino is a breath of truly fresh air.

Sure, it's going to have a lot of cutting edge stuff in it that won't fly in the average suburban home, much less a traditional home in the country. But Domino is about ideas, inventiveness, and thinking outside the box. No -- that doesn't mean it's always necessarily sterile and "modern".

It's about looking at color, line, shape and design in a new way. If you step outside the genre you have always loved but grown a bit bored with, you might find it revitalized by the right injection of something new, something borrowed, something cerulean blue ...

Domino deconstructs the "fashion" of interiors, without dumbing it down. It's like a casual, non-hipster, insider elbow-to-elbow look at the real fun (and honest work) of creating livable, lovable spaces.

If you want the tried and the true, Domino is definitely not for you. If you want to have your eyes opened to something you might like, though you had never considered it before, give Domino a whirl.

Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace
by Gordon MacKenzie
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A primer on thumbing your nose at convention ..., February 1, 2006
... and succeeding on your own terms.

Mackenzie is not an ordinary fellow. Not by a long shot. And this is no ordinary book. It is so antithetical to the straightjacketed, creativity-and-soul-squashing CorporateThink that permeats nearly every organization that it ought to come in a plain brown wrapper!

The message?

Be yourself.
Live now.
Live out loud.
Don't put it off.
Feel the fear ...
... do it anyway.

Well, I suppose there are lots of different messages, but the clarion call sounding through every page of this outrageous little book is: IT's OK to be YOU. Be YOU in outrageous colors and with an oompah band! Nobody else can do it. "It" meaning be you, live your life, do it the way YOU would do it ...

This book speaks a language that people born to a different destiny from the madding crowd will understand intuitively and instinctively. It will offend, alienate, maybe even anger people who haven't got that in their genetic blueprint. So what?

I think a second subtitle for this book could covertly be ... "SO WHAT?" It's not nearly as interesting as "orbiting the giant hairball", but in a quick, shorthand sort of way it captures the essence of Mackenzie's fabulous little book.

People will scoff.
You will get strange looks.
They'll tell you you're doing it wrong ...
To shush up.
To not wear plaid with stripes, for heaven's sake.
To speak only when you're spoken to.
To feel the sting of shame when you realize you're "out of step".

And ...


A courageous primer on being courageous. Guts in a book. "Hairball" is a wonder!

DVD ~ Tim Robbins
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Aw-Shucks Sweet and Funny Stuff., January 26, 2006
This review is from: I.Q. (DVD)
Official Meg Ryan Movie Disclaimer: If you love Meg Ryan when she's playing the "quintessentially Meg Ryan" character -- slightly ditzy, girl next door, all eyes and smiles for miles -- you'll adore this film and must own it post haste!

That said -- this is a larky, improbable, at times almost too cute vehicle for her charms, and those of the (who knew?) equally daffily appealing Tim Robbins, who can play crazy, tender, and smart like nobody's business. Here he's a grease monkey full of heart, a little light in the cranium but fascinated by the gee-whiz, pre-lunar landing stuff of 1950's American pop pulp science. She's Einstein's brainy niece in the of Sandra Dee, all white gloves and sparkly eyes, Doris Day suits and brisk, collegiate sexiness. Walter Matthau's turn as Albert the Immortal is a bit heavy handed, but he's the zip and zing which makes this improbable romance "go" ... he and his band of fellow doddering professorial brainiacs, who relish rock and roll and fast cars, badminton and cardigans.

Brilliant Brit Stephen Fry brings heavy comic gravitas to his role as Catherine's fiancee, a plummy sounding gent who calls her munchkin and is so pre-occupied with his lab rats and the color of the paint for the new home he's planning to provide for his amore that he misses the point entirely: it's about love, stupid!

Not an Academy Award calibre movie, I.Q., but not a bad way to pass the better part of a morning or an afternoon either. Incurable romantics, this movie was made for people like us. Cynics, take a pass ... and pass the sweet peas!

Bjork: Vespertine - Live at Royal Opera House
Bjork: Vespertine - Live at Royal Opera House
DVD ~ Björk
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mad-Pixie Musical Genius of Bjork!, January 24, 2006
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This concert gets better -- impossibly better, more beautiful and interesting -- with repeated watchings, and it takes repeated watchings to capture both the gestalt and the little details that make this such a phenomenal and interesting performance.

Bjork is a maverick. She is defiantly self-defined, listening to no one's idea of who she ought to be or what she ought to sound like, and as a result she's created an entirely new paradigm of what a modern day performer can do and be and become. How she ever ended up on the 2006 slate of Brit Award nominees alongside Kelly Clarkson, Madonna and Mariah Carey is a wonder -- but she leaves those ladies in the dust. They are all cut from roughly the same cloth, but Bjork -- a true artist, not just a performer mimicking tried and true ideas of what will sell records and play well in videos -- is defiantly and out-loud an original.

Her ebullient, expansive, joyful, expressive and extraordinary voice threads through this set of songs like a shooting star, leaving a comet tail of magic in its wake. She is like a child on the stage, moving instinctly in time with the beat of her own music, the ticking of her own particular heart and brain and mind. The music is sometimes so unearthly it may well be built on a tonal scale from another planet -- or from heaven itself -- but drop your expectations of what music "should" sound like and this oceanic performance will effervesce in your head like a sublime, simmering broth of seltzer and starlight.

Fizz, fizz, fizz ... wonderful. What a relief it is from the ordinary!

Life is a Movie Starring You: The Pesky Meddling Girls Guide to Living Your Dream
Life is a Movie Starring You: The Pesky Meddling Girls Guide to Living Your Dream
by Jennifer Brandt
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun than you can shake a mascara wand at., January 13, 2006
Jennifur Brandt, who authored this confection of a book, has more imagination, creativity and spirit in her little finger than many grown-ups have in their entire body. This young lady's envisioning of life as a fabulous, fun and interesting place to be is the definitive answer to the punk/goth/gloom concept of The Way Things Are ... and she makes no apologies for it at all, re-defining "cool" in the process.

The book was "retro" before retro hit the mainstream as cool. How Brandt tapped into that zeitgeist and managed to communicate it and keep it up throughout an entire book is a wonder. I was way past her age when I discovered this book, but it didn't stop me from relishing the terrific, girly-girlishness of it all, and it gets my vote for exuberance and originality!

March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition)
March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition)
DVD ~ Morgan Freeman
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little guys in tuxedos ..., December 2, 2005
... will steal into your heart and melt it like ice, by the time this startlingly beautiful movie is through.

Be prepared to like penguins, if you've never given it much thought; and if you love penguins, be prepared to adopt one, because the 1,001 charmers in this splendid film will move you to tears of laughter and joy. You'll be shaking your head at how incredibly rich their lives can be in such a barren, remote and seemingly lifeless place.

Penguins are (to human eyes) absurdly comical, flightless birds who travel hundreds of miles across icy waters and vast, snowy vistas to join their kin what can only be called the Great Penguin Prom. No wallflowers here -- and a lid for (nearly) every pot -- they meet cute, mate and then the dads settle in for a long winter's nesting with the eggs while the moms scurry back to the sea to fatten themselves up and return months later to help raise the kids.

This is no Disney version of a penguin's life. The hardships they face (brutalizing cold and wind, near starvation, predation by larger animals, even apparent heartbreak, as not all the very old or the very young will survive the season) are real, and are depicted as such, though not to excess. If you have a particularly sensitive child, you may want to be watch it with them the first time through.

On the whole, though, this is fantastic family entertainment in the best sense of the word, something that holds resonance and appeal for everybody, regardless of their age or interest. The penguins and the world they inhabit will open your eyes and heart to a big, brave world beyond cities and towns, and to the surprisingly full lives of creatures who need little to live but who seem to relish their existence and find it lacking for nothing.

Very, very highly recommended.

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