Tiresome. Occasionally flashes of wit and insight but not enough.
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Reamde: A Novel
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Undeclared: The Complete Series
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Thor: The Dark World
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The Newsroom: The Complete Second Season
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A story about "Tivoli" — 1 year ago
What an atrociously bad novel, trying to pass itself off as an secretly clever novel (it’s not). A few segments are interesting but it’s no use in this ocean of self-congratulatory drivel. I give up.
A story about "Mannen som föll i glömska" — 2 years ago
Not worth consuming. Good ideas, too many words! A kind editor with a big red marker could have cut a neat thriller out of this, but it doesn’t feel like her publisher cared much about the content… Being this lenient is ultimately just plain cruel.
I really wanted to like it but gave up after 66 pages.
A story about "Promenaderna i Dalby Hage" — 2 years ago
A gem of a book. Deserves to become a minor classic, promises a great career for the author.
The Swedish translation is a bit of a disaster.
A story about "The The Meaning of Madness" — 4 years ago
This book was incredibly poorly proofed, which is a shame since it is otherwise so very lucid, informative and even optimistic. On one page, for instance, the Ballets Russes choreographer is introduced in consecutive sentences first as Nijinsky and then as Nijinksy, with different dates of birth given after each name. To enable the chepters on different mental illnesses to be read as stand-alone essays, some paragraphs have been copy-pasted – which is a good way of ensuring the browsing reader will not miss out on important information, but is a bit annoying for a cover-to-cover reader with good language recall.
Still, Burton knows his stuff, and includes even some very recent studies. He is able to write casually about evolution without falling into the normal bad science abysses. And he argues persuasively that the most common mental problems are, genetically speaking, a price the population pays for creativity, language and religion.
My background is in the humanities and I find Burton’s use of art and artists to illustrate his point rather shallow at times. That said, close readings and more complex biographical information would expand this slim volume into a massive tome of speculation about the nature of creativity, which was hardly the project anyway.
Over all verdict – well worth a read, especially if you work in health care, suffer from a personality disorder or mental problems, or have mental illness in your family.
A story about "Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (33 1/3)" — 4 years ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read: intelligent, well-researched, thoughtful, thought-provoking, humble, moving, respectful and brilliant.
It is easily the most lucid discussion on the topic of elite vs. broadly popular culture I’ve come across, and widely applicable even though Wilson is obviously writing primarily about music.
“Let’s Talk About Love” is indispensable to everyone who works in pop culture criticism directly or indirectly.
Why I recommend "Hamlet" — 5 years ago
This is a hugely intelligent adaptation. The cuts in length are achieved mostly by cutting subplot, and by telling stuff in pictures when it’s possible – the opposite of the Branagh version (charming though that is in its own way), that extrapolates extensions to scenes and typically illustrates text rather than using the language of film to contract it or comment upon it.
Almereyda has successfully translated a lot of the diegetic textual stuff to pictures too. Hamlet isn’t reading books, he’s editing a video diary that also functions as a natural environment for soliloquy (although mind-numbing spaces outside time, like a Blockbuster Video and a trans-Atlantic flight, also serve the same purpose). And the play-within-the-play is, of course, a film-within-a-film.
A few very gentle modernizations in the language work very well – I notices “reck his rede” becomes “reck his creed” (the DVD subtitles have “wreck his creed”, but I read that as meaning the opposite so that’s probably a mistake). Difficult vocabulary has mostly been avoided by cutting lines that would be incomprehensible to the modern audience. Those lines quite often refer to details of Elizabethan life or the Danish court that would not be suitable for the Manhattan setting anyway.
Julia Stiles, whom I typically have liked more than the performances have merited, is finally given material that works for her. Hawke, whom I often find annoyingly mawkish, is very very good, and Liev Schreiber is absolutely stellar as Laertes. The use of Bill Murray as Polonius in 2000 is noteworthy, he must have been cast just after Rushmore came out – does very well as a hapless father, with BRILLIANT little physical details as when he crams a wad of bills into the pocket of his son’s jacket.
A story about "Billy Elliot: The Musical" — 5 years ago
I’ve seen it twice now… Allconsuming doesn’t support the level of my enthusiasm technically!
Why I recommend "Skinny Bitch" — 6 years ago
I actually bought this kind of ironically, to get to gloat over the obviously bad advice and shitty values the title and cover seems to promise. To my great surprise, those things are a clever ruse – there sneakily to smuggle out the best absolute beginner’s book in a vegan yoga lifestyle I’ve come across.