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    North Carolina
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    medieval English literature, fantasy and science fiction, historical fiction, movies, music, travel, a unified Christian life

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    university English professor
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    Dandelion from "Sugarshock" by Whedon & Moon
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    Singing in the Rain To Kill a Mockingbird Casablanca Galaxy Quest Babette's Feast
  • Favorite creative writing
    William Langland, THE VISION OF PIERS PLOWMAN Geoffrey Chaucer, CANTERBURY TALES Julian of Norwich, A BOOK OF SHOWINGS Dorothy Dunnett, THE LYMOND CHRONICLES; THE HOUSE OF NICCOLO; KING HEREAFTER Dorothy L. Sayers C.S. Lewis J.R.R. Tolkien Poetry: John Donne, Edward Hirsch, David Citino, Mary Oliver, Kelly Cherry

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  1. After reading this commentary on 13 Reasons Why, I thought it would be interesting to compare 13 Reasons with the recent TV movie version of Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, in which the protagonist struggles with many of the same issues, but with different results.
  2. As John Drew explained. You can also see, from the photo on her website, that she's Barbara Bain's daughter as well.
  3. Yes, in the future, should I have occasion to post one of those "tell me something that reveals your age without stating it," I'm going to say, "To me, Martin Landau will always be Rollin Hand of Mission Impossible. Although, TBH, I don't think I ever knew his character's name at the time. And of course, he's Juliet Landau's father.
  4. Trailer:
  5. That's probably it. Yeah.
  6. Wow, some distortion of the source material. The Wicket Gate is just the beginning (conversion) of Christian's journey. Huh.
  7. Shouldn't someone change the name of this thread to Valerian?
  8. No further comments on this thread, so I can't tell whether anyone else has seen this 2014 French version, but it's now available on Netflix streaming. I liked it much better than the Disney live version. I would say that Attica correctly predicted that it manages to be child-friendly and to capture a fairy-tale atmosphere, while also going to some gritty, complex, and dark places. The international trailer on IMDB is dubbed with terrible sound quality. This US trailer is better.
  9. Thanks for these comments, Rob Z. Especially on Joe Versus the Volcano, which doesn't get enough appreciation. It was nominated for the "Comedies" list a couple years ago and didn't make it, but I agree it is very much a film about spiritual awakening and to a larger vision of the meaning of life.
  10. Is voting underway or about to happen?
  11. Not specifically about children's experiences of being raised in Buddhism, but about a major figure in spreading Buddhism in India: the Bollywood movie Asoka (or Ashoka the Great) is a fictionalized biography of Emperor Asoka who converted to Buddhism after a life of war and conquest. It's also a cracking adventure with a romance, and there's singing and dancing! Suitable for all ages.
  12. Completely uninformed speculation, but I'll venture that k-drama bears about the same relationship to real daily life in Korea as telenovelas do to real daily life in hispanic countries.
  13. Catastrophe s3 now available--6 episodes--on Amazon Prime. A darker season, but grimly funny, and includes Carrie Fisher's last performance. She's a wonder. Ends with a cliffhanger, but season 4 is guaranteed. Spoiler-filled review of the final episode of s3.