The Second Annual Late Summer Reading List

books © Porsche Brosseau with CCLicense From the whimsical and fantastic to the challenging and devastating, here is our second annual late summer reading list. Enjoy! There is something for a variety of tastes. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, 1990 When Haroun's mother, Soraya, leaves his father, the celebrated storyteller known … Continue reading The Second Annual Late Summer Reading List

Possessed by Violence: Valhalla Rising

Valhalla Rising is a complex and violent film, full of beautiful, savage images and scant dialogue. What actually happens onscreen? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx2u4ZzhcmQ Nicolas Winding Refn's brutal tour-de-force Valhalla Rising stars Mads Mikkelsen as a mute killing machine owned by a Norse Chieftain. The Chieftain keeps him caged, barely seeing to his physical needs and trotting him … Continue reading Possessed by Violence: Valhalla Rising

Yearning for Catharsis: The Transitory Sound and Movement Collective

When we get caught up in evaluating performance, life, and art, become uninspired. How do we refresh our vision? I found my seat in the darkened room. A soundless film was projected upon the bare wall and musicians waited in the darkness at the sides of the space. Soon, low electronic sounds began to enter … Continue reading Yearning for Catharsis: The Transitory Sound and Movement Collective

Deciphering the Dream: Robert Altman’s 3 Women

Dreams allow symbols, objects and personalities to form fluid associations. Can their suspension of reality help us understand our lives? Robert Altman was having a terrible day. He had argued with Warner Brothers executives over decisions about his next film project and things had been said that couldn't be unsaid. Much worse, his wife had … Continue reading Deciphering the Dream: Robert Altman’s 3 Women

Revealing the Internal Voice: Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man

  If our internal dialogues were revealed, what would the world learn? None of us could bear that kind of scrutiny. We are each far more wonderful and far more horrible than anyone could imagine. Thankfully, in A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood supplies us with the internal dialogues of a fictional character. George may not … Continue reading Revealing the Internal Voice: Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man

Burying the Beloved: Love and Loss in Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles

What would you do if the love of your life was taking on something that you knew would kill them? Homer's Iliad is a mainstay of western culture, one of the first epics to be written down in that tradition. So why read a novel that retells part of that story when everyone knows how it ends? Well, for one … Continue reading Burying the Beloved: Love and Loss in Madeline Miller’s Song of Achilles