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  • Mr. Turner
    Movie review: 'Mr. Turner' poetic, poignant and powerful
    The great British painter, J.M.W. Turner, was quite a character. In Mr. Turner (opening today), the long-time British character actor, Timothy Spall, plays the titular man as quite the character, to near-brilliant effect. Spall (American audiences...
  • American Sniper
    Taking lives and saving lives
    American Sniper has been breaking records at the box office. Part of that is due to the large turnout of red-state, military-loving Americans that live for this stuff. But director Clint Eastwood was also wise in casting heartthrob Bradley Cooper...
  • ‘Selma’: DuVernay’s accurate masterpiece is a sure hit
    ‘Selma’: DuVernay’s accurate masterpiece is a sure hit
    This story is about one of the most important influential actions that helped change the rights for black people in American history forever. A detailed depiction including actual facts and visions of realistic violence builds much emotion about...
  • Selma
    Selma: just part of the story
    Michael King, Junior, was born into a family of ministers on January 15, 1929. His father, Michael King and his grandfather, A. D. Williams, were pastors of Ebenezer Baptist Church in the old fourth ward, about six blocks from downtown, Atlanta,...
  • Interview with children’s non-fiction author Kathleen Krull
    Interview with children’s non-fiction author Kathleen Krull
    Kathleen Krull's 60+ books have garnered starred reviews and awards. The Children's Book Guild of Washington, DC, honored her with its Nonfiction Award for her body of work that “has contributed significantly to the quality of...
  • Foxcatcher
    Great acting, dull movie
    Foxcatcher is a movie that tells a very interesting story but can be tough to truly recommend. It’s based on the story of Olympian wrestler Mark Schultz and the relationship he formed with his millionaire sponsor John du Pont. The film...
  • Coretta Scott King (latter years)
    Throwback Thursday: Coretta Scott King, socialist and activist
    Freedom and justice cannot be parceled out in pieces to suit political convenience. I don't believe you can stand for freedom for one group of people and deny it to others. ~ Coretta Scott KingTruth: Coretta Scott King was a silent force...
  • 'Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart' by Lisa Rogak
    'Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart' by Lisa Rogak
    Lisa Rogak shows the depth and breadth of her nonfiction writing with her newest book, "Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart." It's a biography of one of the most influential people of our time -- a comedian who is,...
  • 'Distinguished Colored Men' include William Wells Brown, who will be discussed at Library of Congress on Sept. 12
    America's first black novelist is discussed at Library of Congress Sept. 12
    William Wells Brown, a once-illiterate slave who became America's first black novelist in 1853, and an orator second only to Frederick Douglass, is discussed at the Library of Congress on Sept. 12.Brown's book "Clotel" was a...
  • Jonathan Edwards
    Jonathan Edwards: colonial preacher who influenced reform movements, modern day
    Though some of his descendants, such as grandson Aaron Burr (1756-1836), are better remembered than he himself is (at least outside evangelical circles), Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) had enormous influence in his day, in large part through what...
  • Two presidents named George W. Bush
    News of biography of George H. W. Bush by George W. Bush brings out the snark
    The news that former President George W. Bush is coming out with a biography of his father, former President George H. W. Bush brought out the snark on Sunday in the New York Time’s acerbic columnist Maureen Dowd. Dowd is pretty sure,...
  • Life Itself
    'Life Itself' review: Roger Ebert's swan song
    "Life Itself" begins its theatrical run in Houston at Sundance Cinemas starting today.As far as film criticism goes, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel were and still are the two most well-known film critics out there. Most critics working...
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    Book Review: 'Into the Wild'
    The greatest riddle of human life is to find true happiness and, through a variety of experiences, find meaning in our years. As we proceed through the chapters of our lives, this concept and its journey becomes even more prevalent. It can come...
  • Jersey Boys
    'Jersey Boys' Movie Review
    ‘Jersey Boys’ is not a bad film. It hits the right notes with the music. Based on a hit Broadway musical, director Clint Eastwood adapts the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons to the big screen. It is at its best when the...
  • Flowers for Algernon
    Death of Daniel Keyes
    On June 15th, the Hugo Award-winning author, Daniel Keyes, passed away. Keyes was best known for his bookFlowers For Algernon, which was made into the movieCharly in 1968. Keyes was also given the Author Emeritus honor by the SFWA in 2000.At 17,...