laszlo and the dark

Day Nineteen: The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illus by Jon Klassen Little, Brown & Co. 2013. When you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.–Nietzsche “Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.”* Seriously, how chilling is that? And I didn’t even have to use the Vincent Price voice to excite goosebumps.Continue reading “laszlo and the dark”

things I love about this picture book

Day Seventeen: All the Things I Love About You by LeUyen Pham Balzer + Bray, 2010. All the Things I Love About You reads like love letter from a mother to her young child, in which she tells him all the ways she loves him. LeUyen Pham dedicates the book especially: “For all those many mamasContinue reading “things I love about this picture book”

{television} broadchurch

A small contingent in the ITV (UK) crime-drama television series Broadchurch worry about how the recent murder of a child is going to affect the tourism. And they have good cause to worry, because after Broadchurch, the sinister possibilities in their seaside village is enough to put me off vacating to any quaint coastal resort.Continue reading “{television} broadchurch”

{book} speaking of paradise

Birds of a Lesser Paradise: Stories by Megan Mayhew Bergman Scribner (Simon&Schuster) 2012. hardcover, 224 pages. purchased at a Library sale some time back with a vague memory of reading a positive review from a trusted source. Please:  If you are not a reader of short stories as a general rule, bear with me onContinue reading “{book} speaking of paradise”

{film} Before

note: When I use Before I want to indicate this is true of all 3 films. When I use Sunrise, Sunset, or Midnight, I am addressing that particular film. too, I think this is a fairly spoiler-free post, considering the 3rd film gives us some outcome from the first and second, but there are plentyContinue reading “{film} Before”

{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong  Prudence Shen & Faith Erin Hicks 01: First Second, 2013.  started: online.  Reasons I picked this up despite my general disinterest in ever entering High School in any form ever again: Faith Erin Hicks, First Second books, there is a rumor it is really funny. Having read it now, I’veContinue reading “{comic} nothing could possibly have gone better”

{film} alambrista

notes from film class {film history II}: Alambrista! (1977) Written/directed/photographed by Robert M. Young, who is one of the creators of American Independent Film. This is his first feature film. He wrote w/ Michael Roemer and directed photography for the remarkable Nothing But a Man (1964). The film stars: Domingo Ambriz (Roberto), Trinidad Silva (Joe), LindaContinue reading “{film} alambrista”

{book} hold fast

a lengthy, shockingly spoiler-free, post for Blue Balliett’s latest. This isn’t an apology, merely an acknowledgment. There are so many lovely and terribly relevant explorations …  Hold Fast by Blue Balliett Scholastic Press, 2013. hardcover, 274 pages. Where is Early’s father? He’s not the kind of father who would disappear. But he’s gone . .Continue reading “{book} hold fast”

{book} the girl(s) who…

“What if the Green Wind came and found an old lady complaining of gout? Well, of course September would go with him anyway—she would not hesitate if she were eighteen or eighty! But old women faced certain dangers in Fairyland, such as breaking a hip while riding a wild velocipede, or having everyone do whatContinue reading “{book} the girl(s) who…”

{book} graffiti moon

Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 (2010 in Australia) hardcover, 257 pages. contemporary teen fiction. tagline: an artist, a dreamer, a long, mean, night a little wanting song guaranteed I would be reading more of Cath Crowley’s work. I took me a bit of time to get a hold of a copyContinue reading “{book} graffiti moon”