#TellMeAStory

Tell me a story. What a personal and private invitation that is. What an intimate way of inviting someone into your mind, a way of saying, “Hey, I’m dropping my guard. I’m suspending disbelief. I’m going to let you in and I will, for a short while, believe all you say. Mess with my head. I don’t even care if it’s truth or lies, fact or fiction. It just needs to be plausible, and not even plausible in my real world! It just needs to make sense in its own context.” Tell me a story.

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#TedChiang

I’ve discovered the #SciFi writings of Ted Chiang and can’t believe I didn’t discover him sooner.  The upcoming movie “Arrival” starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner is based on Chiang’s amazing”Story of Your Life.” It’s a mind bending exploration of language and how we perceive time and I feel like I pulled a muscle in my head trying (and failing) to get my head around it.  Here’s a good start: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1101972122

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#HiddenFigures

OMG So..I really want this movie to be everything I want but mostly because it’s about a favorite theme (smart women working in the space program!) but I’m worried the movie will only appeal to those who already believe in the themes, while others might be blinded by what looks like deep southern themes – or worse, watch the trailer and not see the misogyny and racism. I wonder if the filmmakers are caricaturizing, or portraying as close as possible the people and times? I imagine that if the movie inspires some (many?!) to read the book or others to […]

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#DaysGoneBy

Three men sit in a small booth in a big diner on a busy corner in Brooklyn. It’s noisy, because the diner has terrible acoustics, but busy, because the food is good and the prices are reasonable. But the diner is old, and although everything is working today, the decor and equipment is oddly stuck between “needing to be replaced” and “so old it’s cool and vintage.” It still exists because the owner of the diner owns the whole building. The rent from the nine apartments in the three floors above meet the building’s overhead, and the owner isn’t a greedy man, […]

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