Late Spring by Yasujiro Ozu

Happiness only comes through effort, or so the movie says. The movie Late Spring (Banshun), has shots of toenail clippings or apple peels bridges or segues between the fulness of spring into doldrums of summer, when the flowers wilt from the heat and green foliage overpowers the flowers and it becomes a green world. These …

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Cousin Hatty on Doing Right

How glad it makes me feel at night, When sitting on my mother's knee, To hear her whisper "You've done right, And tried my gentle child to be." But then I feel ashamed and sad If I've been cross and disobeyed, Or if my selfish way I've had When I with other children played. So …

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Book Review: Daniel Dennett and Consciousness

<!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> The Scranton library had this book on the New Shelf and I thought to myself that it probably as left of rational thought as one could get, BUT...I am trying to enlarge my consciousness and learn more. Sometimes after embarking on this excursion, I soon realize that it is a mistake.  …

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Book Review: Witches of America

I'm reading this now.  I think the Times review will let you know how whacko this girl and the Witches are  Sunday Book Review 'Witches of America,' by Alex MarBy MERRITT TIERCEOCT. 27, 2015  -- written for Pagan Samhain which the book opens on.  This Halloween. "Witches of America" is a seeker's memoir told through a …

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Lou Alcindor now Muslim apologist, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Book Review | Nonfiction Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Two Books About Muslim Identity By KAREEM ABDUL-JABBARJAN. 11, 2017 Morning prayer begins celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, in Brooklyn, July 2015. Credit Jewel Samad/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LETTERS TO A YOUNG MUSLIM By Omar Saif Ghobash 244 pp. …

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obit: William Blatty age 89

Photo William Peter Blatty in 1971, the year “The Exorcist” was published. Credit Jill Krementz, All Rights Reserved William Peter Blatty, the author whose best-selling book “The Exorcist” was both a milestone in horror fiction and a turning point in his own career, died on Thursday in Bethesda, Md. He was 89. The cause was …

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Book Review: Ulysses S Grant

AMERICAN ULYSSES A Life of Ulysses S. Grant By Ronald C. White Illustrated. 826 pp. Random House. $35. Gore Vidal did not expect Ulysses S. Grant to be funny. In the novel "1876," Vidal's protagonist, Charles Schermerhorn Schuyler, hears an anecdote about President Grant's disgust with Senator Charles Sumner's ego. It was said that Sumner …

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obit: Father Francis Mulcahy

By LIAM STACKJAN. 1, 2017 Continue reading the main story Share This Page ShareTweetEmailMoreSave Photo William Christopher as Father Francis Mulcahy on the hit 1970s-1980s sitcom "M*A*S*H." Credit 20th Century Fox, via Everett Collection William Christopher, the actor best known for his role as Father Francis Mulcahy on the hit 1970s-1980s sitcom "M*A*S*H," died on …

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obit: Debbie Reynolds age 84

Debbie Reynolds in Beverly Hills in 2013. Credit Chris Pizzello/Invision, via Associated Press Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome movie ingénue in 1950s films like "Singin' in the Rain," "Tammy and the Bachelor" and "The Tender Trap," died Wednesday, a day after the death of her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84.  Her death was …

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