great well written article...feel like I could have read this in vanity fair...can't wait to see this woman's art in the upcoming Radius show and congrats to Lisa for showing her work...now let's get her art out of Montana and to the big cities!!!!
I am just finishing up this book and I love that Gary remained voiceless throughout the book. It felt like a really powerful response and inversion of the power dynamic present in abusive families.
I had a problem with it too.I also have problems with Pynchon's novels so I wasn't surprised.V is the only one I've read straight through.Twice as a matter of fact.Your review didn't help me much either. I guess Pynchon just isn't for me even though I envy him down to my little toe for studying with Nabokov at Cornell when I might have audited a lecture now and then.Just jealousy I suppose.
I did love The Master beyond belief.So here's a link to my review of it for you.Hope it goes through.http://moviesandfilm.blogspot.com/2013/03/… Read the comments as my friend from Bosnia wrote most of the insightful ones.
Turner has a long slow contemplative sense of time.It is that moment in history where industrialization - capitalism - is just beginning.Turner is acutely aware of this as he watches the smoke from a ship among smaller ones with sails. When we see him seeing the train, the smoke, the lovely undulations in it and a smoke ring as a touch of aesthetic humor, we see the paradox of the destruction of the landscape it will make in the future, and also the beauty if you allow yourself time to contemplate, an experience that is leaving humans very quickly.I guess this is what I like so much about your writing Molly, your determination to continue to contemplate and write from that perception.It is a lovely gift to your readers and one worth keeping for yourself.
I studied with John McCoubrey at one time. An art historian of the 20th century who was the recognized Turner specialist.You might want to find his book at the library. It is a gem.He himself was a romantic in his perception and a generous man with his mind, a perfect biographer for Turner, an often crude man.
I hope you are collecting your movie reviews as you are so original and personal with them.
Does finnegan ridge have an album out?
WOW! Your story touched my heart n all I can say is that I wish I'd been given the opportunity you got. I'm hoping n praying you go far Shania. Your mom n grandma are always with you n whenever you feel like giving up, remember to ask them to help you...they will!
Oh my god hon . We are all so proud of you . You shine bright ! Your momma is looking over you and loves you very much. You are a rockstar, and know how to make people see the beautiful imagery through your eyes. The pictures are amazing! Keep up the good work. Don't ever forget that one day we will all be reunited with our loved ones. Their smiling and awaiting. Xoxxo
Wow! This is still such an amazing experience:) Thanks again Missoula Independent!!!!
Female Napoleon seems to be grabbing herself...
I really meant to comment on this but then I decided that it's going to take a whole blog.
Chocolate for lunch!
cakes is the best rapper alive.
Haven't read this one but it sounds pretty interesting.
I will never see this movie on purpose, but I will read many other reviews by this author.
Eric from Michigan.
For readers who want another opinion:
I just finished reading BLACK RIVER and I disagree. This book has much more to offer than your review suggests.
Many people find it difficult to speak about how they feel, especially when their emotions are intense. Having known some of those people, one man in particular, I thought Wesley's character was an accurate portrayal of the way someone like him would respond to the situations and people he encountered. Wesley grew up in a small town where most of the fathers worked at the prison and most of their sons grew up to do the same. He was not a complicated man. He lived for two things: his family and his music. This is not a character who would have an "engaging" inner life.
I was impressed by the subtle ways Hulse wrote small moments into the story. Such as Wesley's comment after his wife asked him if it was hard for him to shoot an injured deer. All he said was, "It was the right thing." Those five words opened a door in my mind that allowed so much about his character to fall into place. And I thought the moment was perfectly timed, as many moments were in this novel.
Since I have been a musician all my life, I understand what it would mean to man like Wesley to lose that voice by losing most of his ability to use his hands. Music was the one graceful way he had to express himself gracefully in the world. Now he has frustration and chronic pain. And it's not likely he only experiences those only once in a while. You say, "ad nauseum." I say how many times do you suppose he would think about the torturous, violent destruction of his hands? Probably every time he felt pain -- which was nearly every moment of every day and night -- or when he could not to do something as simple as pull the ring top off a can of orange juice for his dying wife. And then there was the moment when he couldn't grant her dying wish. To me, that is not "ad nuseum." That is bringing a fictional character to life by giving him realistic thoughts and feelings.
As you suggested, there could have been more of Dennis in the story. But, quite obviously, in BLACK RIVER, that story is not over. Maybe he will have the starring role in S. M. Hulse's next book, which I look forward to reading.
Awesome review Mr. Loos, thank you.
I haven't seen "A Separation", but it's on my list. Your analysis of David Nusair is the more pertinent review. He's an idiot. (How's that for a hack review?)
I found your review after looking at "Dr. Strangelove" on Rotten Tomatoes, and saw that David Nusair was the only "critic" out of 70 who gave it a negative review. When I looked at his RT reviews page, I saw that time and time again he voted against the consensus, and that he gave positive reviews to some very questionable films. He definitely has a type, and it seems to lean towards the more "simple" films.
It'd be great on RT if some reviewers would be weighted down, or omitted outright from a film if there was a strong vote against their review. I recall coming across this on "Iron Giant", which in my mind, and most critics, a superlative film, and yet some hack had given it a low review. I figured out that it was a younger reviewer, who didn't really know film reviewing.
Thanks again for the article.
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