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Monthly Archives: February 2011

See What I’m Saying

Documentary about 4 deaf entertainers.  Absolutely fascinating.

Art of the Steal

Absolutely fascinating documentary about the controversial take-over of perhaps the premier mid-century private art collection in the world, the Barnes Collection of suburban Philadelphia by the city’s powerful politicians, philanthropists, and power-brokers.  Karl grew up about 25 minutes from the Barnes Museum and I got to visit it when it was still there.  Every room […]

American Wife

This is a novel, but so patterned after the life of Laura Bush, wife of GW, that I felt like a naughty voyeur.  I really LOVE Sittenfeld’s writing style.  She doesn’t mess around or show off, but gets to the point with just enough detail, wonderful dialogue, and such insight into characters interiors.  I really […]

Is Paris Burning?

Another step outside the Jewish experience of WWII.  An insanely detailed account of the last few days of the Nazi occupation of Paris and the characters of its liberation.  Thanks for the loan, Dad.

The Politician

Totally juicy tell-all by John Edwards’s long-time staffer/lackey Andrew Young who infamously claimed paternity of Edwards’s child with mistress.  Sheesh, are there NO more heroes? Loved it.  Gossipy, political, fascinating and repulsive.


subtitled A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Lauren Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit. Story of  Louie Zamperini, Olympic runner and apparent youthful hellion who lives through a Japanese concentration camp in WWII.  My first step out of the Jewish experience in World War II.  Those Japanese camps were just as bad.  […]