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How do they decide? Booker shortlist.

In my last post, I argued that critics tend to look for innovation in writing, rather than ‘quality’.  This argument appears to be validated (at least in part) by the shortlist selections for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. 496 more words


The Netflix Bin: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

In “The Netflix Bin”, I scour the scores of real gems, awful crap and Nicolas Cage movies on the streaming service, and pick out whatever I want from it. 834 more words

Jagger Czajka

This Marital Behavior Is Not Only Annoying, It’s A Sign You Might Divorce

Experts say it’s one of four major red flags that a marriage won’t last.

The silent treatment. The cold shoulder. Stonewalling. Regardless of what you choose to call it, ignoring ― or being evasive toward your partner during an argument ― is a  986 more words


Why Self-deprecation is wrong

Self-deprecation, for those of you who don’t know it is when you put yourself down or criticize yourself intentionally. Everybody has done this at least once in their life, even I have done this before. 309 more words


FLIX PIX (264): "One Kinetic Night with VICTORIA"


(directed by Sebastian Schipper, 2015)

**** (out of 5)


> Victoria is visiting Berlin from her native Madrid, and she’s on the town for a night of fun before she has to go to work. 466 more words

Kevin Keelan

The Only Way to Be Positive in a Negative World? Don't Kick Over the Beehive

Dale Carnegie opens How To Win Friends And Influence People with the maxim “If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive.”

As anyone logged into Twitter can tell you, the bees have taken over the apiary, and we’re all covered in their stings. 799 more words


CD Review - 50th Anniversary Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition

Featuring recordings of stunning virtuosity from 10 of its laureates, from 2006 to 2015, this disc does a great service to an international music competition that for 50 years has showcased some of the greatest talents in classical guitar playing. 174 more words

Classical Music