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Sunday, March 27, 2011


"The Illusionist" is a movie that made me want to own it frame by frame and hang it on my walls. A strikingly beautiful piece of animation, it is also full of humor and pathos.

We hold our illusions close to us in this life. But things are often not as they seem. We think shoes will bring us happiness, that we can by some miracle do justice to a  job that we are unqualified for, that if we take care of someone and bestow upon them the things they desire that we can bring them happiness. Maybe sometimes we manage to pull the rabbit out of that hat. But other times, we have no choice but to release the poor bunny and let it fend for itself.

Maybe the only way to manage is to keep making magic as long as we can. "The Illusionist" certainly does a fine job of working its movie magic.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A New Book by the Charming Jamie Cat Callan

Jamie and I were housemates when we were both Auvillar fellows at Moulin à Nef. I enjoyed her joie de vivre then--and now it's captured in a book.


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