Going Off Book – ‘Mank’ and ‘Great British Bake Off’

I remain in the throes of the painter-centric behemoth but I have broken away from it to intake some other media from time-to-time. For today's post, some brief conversation around two pieces: David Fincher's newest film, Mank, and the quarantine season of Great British Bake Off. MankFor his newest film, director David Fincher made a … Continue reading Going Off Book – ‘Mank’ and ‘Great British Bake Off’

The Wheelhouse Project – New Addition! – Tantalizing Taste Books

I know I promised some hot Jane Austen content. I planned for this focus because I'm currently working my way through a history of five female abstract impressionist painters that, while mesmerizing, is a 700-page beast of a book. But last weekend I took a break from the behemoth because a slim, YA fantasy needed … Continue reading The Wheelhouse Project – New Addition! – Tantalizing Taste Books

‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Unanswerable Questions and Roguish Speculations

Let’s round out the year with a Jane Austen mini-series. Austen has a reputation among the uninformed of being treacly, old timey romance. Mark Twain famously declared that he wanted to “dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Twain always writes like the cat who got the cream and … Continue reading ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Unanswerable Questions and Roguish Speculations

Here There Be Monsters: ‘Lady From the Black Lagoon’ and ‘Margaret the First’

What does it mean to be a creative or creatively-engaged person in a culture that values you primarily for your body alone—your beauty, your procreative potential? Two books I read recently explore this question through the experiences of two very different women and they explore it in very different ways. Yet I find illuminating connections … Continue reading Here There Be Monsters: ‘Lady From the Black Lagoon’ and ‘Margaret the First’

Going Off Book-ish: Lord of the Rings and ‘Newcomers’ Podcast

The Lord of the Rings movies. That's what my partner and I decided we wanted to distract us this past Tuesday and throughout the week (because, let's be honest, those movies are looong). We've both seen the trilogy oodles of times so decided to start with the The Two Towers. It's my favorite of the … Continue reading Going Off Book-ish: Lord of the Rings and ‘Newcomers’ Podcast