Friday, May 24, 2013

The Romanticism of Books...


"A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Every once in a while I consider getting an eReader but then it dawns on me…I just love real books too much. I love going to old-fashioned book stores and libraries. I used to spend hours upon hours at the local library where I grew up…soaking up all the knowledge that I could.
I realize eReaders are convenient, but there's just something about a real book...

·         Holding it in your hands

·         Turning the pages

·         The wonderfully soothing aroma of the paper (particularly the old books)

·         Seeing your bookmark make its way through the progression of the story

·         Seeing the creases develop
With eReaders you just don't get that type of romanticism.

What about you. Do you have a love for real books?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Blogging Gender Disparity...

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Recently, one of my fellow bloggers wrote me an email and said that she’s always surprised when she sees a male blogger. Until I read that, I hadn't really thought too much about the gender disparity - even though I had noticed that female bloggers outnumber male bloggers.

So, as my curiosity got the best of me, I looked at the list of my blog followers. Of the 650-ish followers that I had at that time, only 59 were male. That’s like 8%! I hadn't realized that there was such a pronounced disparity. As someone who is fascinated by sociology and psychology, I find myself wondering why this is. Perhaps females tend to me more expressive with their writing and therefore more apt to start a blog? I am interested in your theories.
What do you make of this disparity? Why are there so few male bloggers? Any theories?

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words...



A coworker recently sent me the link to the story of this picture. It’s a picture of a Klan-robed toddler expressing curiosity about the riot shield of an African-American state trooper during a Klan rally in Georgia in 1992. The photographer who captured this image (Todd Robertson) has never been able to find out who the boy was. To this day it remains a mystery.

Here is an innocent toddler that has no concept whatsoever of hate or prejudice. Ever since I saw the picture, I have been filled with so many emotions and questions.  What is going through the mind of the State Trooper in this picture? What became of this little boy? Did he grow up with hate in his heart? Did he even have a chance?
What goes through your mind when seeing this picture?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

My Top 10 Favorite Movies


Last month, I blogged about my 10 favorite television shows . Today, I would like to blog about my 10 favorite movies of all-time! Without further adieu, here is my list !!


GOONIES
I could never get tired of this movie! This story is about a group of misfit youngsters in search of a long-lost ancient pirate ship filled with treasure. Watching this movie will bring out the little kid in you.


INCEPTION
I love movies that make me think, and Inception certainly does not disappoint in this regard. Inception involves a group of "dream travelers" who are tasked with travelling deep within someone's dreams to extract information; plundering the subconscious for secrets, and planting a few ideas there as well. It's about dreams within dreams within dreams...confused yet?


THE GODFATHER PART II
One of the rare occurrences where the sequel was better than the original, Godfather II was a cinematic masterpiece. Al Pacino's portrayal of the ruthless Michael Corleone was one of the most marvelous acting jobs in the history of cinema. What's amazing is that, at 3 hours and 20 minutes, the film doesn't seem long enough!


MULHOLLAND DRIVE
This movie was, by far, the most beautifully complicated move I've ever seen in my life...but it's done so masterfully. It's literally impossible to describe what it's about, as even the director himself has always been vague as to its true meaning. The movie is simply hypnotic...working in such a way that the viewer has a very difficult time differentiating between what's real and what's imagined. But it works...much like abstract art. You may not be able to explain what you're looking at, but you still cannot take your eyes off of it.


PULP FICTION
Filmed in a very unique non-chronological style, Pulp Fiction was pure genius. It's a film about American nihilism, forgiveness, and mercy in a hard and brutal world. Plus, it introduced us to the directorial talents of Quentin Tarintino!!


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
You know the conventional wisdom that the book is always better than the movie? This is the rare exception. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is about a crusading, disgraced journalist who teams up with a goth computer hacker to investigate the long-ago disappearance and possible murder of a wealthy industrial magnate's 16 year-old neice. Add to that the fact that the movie introduces us to one of the most memorable characters in the history of cinema (the aforementioned goth computer hacker, Lisbeth Salandar), and this movie is an absolute must see!


ATONEMENT
Atonement is a movie about a false accusation and it's subsequent effects on the lives of all the characters involved. Set in Europe during WWII, Atonement is a fantastic story of unrequited love, the search for truth, and as the title suggests, atonement.


RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
For many years, this movie was my personal favorite. This story, about an archeologist's search for the Ark of the Covenant in the late 1930's, packed more adventure and intrigue into two hours of screen time than any movie I've ever seen.


INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
Inglorious Basterds centers around a group of soldiers who hunt and kill Nazi's in German-Occupied areas of Europe during WW II. Christopher Waltz's portrayal of the evil German "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa was A performance for the ages. The opening scene of this movie, an extended 20 minute conversation at a table in a cabin in rural France, is the best opening scene in movie history, in my humble opinion.


AMERICAN BEAUTY
Hands down, my favorite movie of all-time. Great writing, amazing acting performances, and beautiful cinematography (combined with one of the best musical scores I've ever heard) combine to make this movie truly amazing on every front. The movie centers around Lester Burnham, a discontented husband and father in an ordinary job, living an ordinary life, in an ordinary unnamed suburban town. This movie is about much more than Lester's journey to self-discovery however...it's about being alive. If you haven't seen this movie, rent it now!

What's your favorite movie or movies?