Litary Wed, 18 May 2022 14:12:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Litary 32 32 Review in Brief: New Books by Graham Caveney, Giles Tremlett, Charlotte Van den Broeck and Chitra Ramaswamy Wed, 18 May 2022 13:39:50 +0000

From Agoraphobia by Graham Caveney
Picador, 208 pages, £12.99

“If we’re talking about agoraphobia, we’re talking about books,” writes author Graham Caveney in this short but voluminous tome exploring his all-consuming fear of open spaces. Confined to his home, he escapes through reading. The first agoraphobe he encountered through a book, he realized years later, was Harper Lee’s reclusive Boo Radley — but the literary world is full of people like him. Caveney draws on literature, history and philosophy to better understand his condition, and writes in fragmentary prose. His own story is written in the margins. He writes about the alcoholism that nearly killed him, and about his support group, where fellow agoraphobes trade coping strategies and lines: “Agoraphobia: Don’t Leave Without It.”

Caveney traces the roots of his phobia to the sexual abuse he suffered from a Catholic priest as a child. Later he pursued the Marist order and his agoraphobia became evident. “The process taught me how slippery, capricious and biased our stories can be…” he writes. “Lives are messy, contingent, mysterious. Our stories about them should never be overly polished, but disturb and surprise, making us as different from ourselves as from others. This gripping book embraces slipperiness, disorder and mystery.
By Sophie McBain

España: A Brief History of Spain by Giles Tremlett
Head of Zeus, 320pp, £25

“Spain is different” was the slogan concocted during the Franco years to attract tourists from Western Europe to the costas. It captured a deeper truth: the country is indeed strangely and often intoxicatingly distinct from the rest of Europe. But why? Giles Tremlett, a seasoned Madrid correspondent, offers an excellent roundup of history that explains it all. From the geological foundations of the Iberian Peninsula to the Eurozone crisis and beyond, his new book places geography at the heart of his argument. In many ways, Spain stands at the crossroads of history: a meeting point between the European, Atlantic, Levantine and African worlds. Yet it is also with Portugal a peninsula at the southwestern tip of Europe. It is both central and peripheral.

In Tremlett’s quick and readable account, the country’s past plays out like a contest between these two realities and the contradictory forces they produce: those of purist isolation and heterodox openness. Spain emerges from his narrative as a stone fortress still able to absorb newcomers (from the Romans, Visigoths and Moors to virtually every twentieth-century “-ism”), a synthesis of insularity and integration.
By Jeremy Cliffe

Bold Ventures by Charlotte Van den Broeck, translated by David McKay
Vintage, 304 pages, £16.99

Are architects more susceptible than other artists? This is the conclusion of Charlotte Van den Broeck, a Belgian poet fascinated by the mirroring of the architectural flaws and the psychological flaws of their creators. His book examines 13 buildings that have been implicated in the suicides of their architects. Case studies include Eduard van der Nüll, an architect of the Vienna State Opera who committed suicide because of the critical opprobrium the building received; the great Baroque architect Francesco Borromini, who committed suicide while struggling with the design of a church; and the architects of a Washington DC movie theater who committed suicide in the years after a fatal roof collapse.

Except, however, that all of his deaths had nothing to do with the buildings. Indeed, Van den Broeck’s book is less about her case studies and more about herself and the nature of creativity, as if she fears that her own mental scaffolding isn’t strong enough to support her life as an artist. writer. Less of his personal stucco and more bricks and mortar would have helped.
By Michael Prodger

Homelands: The Story of a Friendship by Chitra Ramaswamy
Canongate, 368 pages, £16.99

Fleeing Nazi Germany, Henry Wuga arrived in Britain in the late 1930s on the Kindertransport. He married in Glasgow and worked as a baker before starting his own kosher business. Journalist Chitra Ramaswamy, born in the 1970s to Indian migrant parents, was sent to interview Wuga for a story about the experience of refugees living in Scotland. Despite their different backgrounds, they have developed a close friendship against the backdrop of Brexit, rising anti-Semitism and the rise of the far right.

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Ramaswamy tells the story of Wuga from Nuremberg to Scotland (including stays in many British internment camps), inserting details of his own life. As she goes, she asks herself: what constitutes a home? Ultimately, she discovers that there is no real answer beyond the fact that “disorientation is the true birthplace of millions of us.” Inspired by James Baldwin and WG Sebald Austerlitz, Homelands is the latest in a proliferating genre of intergenerational memories and an eloquent testimony to the tribulations of national belonging.
By Gavin Jacobson

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Best Horror Movie Performances by Military Veterans Tue, 17 May 2022 22:54:24 +0000

Actors in a horror movie can usually go one of two ways, serious and believable or camp-made. These actors and military veterans played the roles with seriousness, method and professionalism, which makes them memorable. More so, many actors and veterans had lived through serious life experiences, sometimes in times of war, which may have added to the depth of their portrayals and art.

  1. Christopher Lee as Dracula.
Lee as Dracula. Photo courtesy of

Christopher Lee has had an incredible career as an actor, from his roles in major British films to franchises such as star wars, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. He is known worldwide for his acting prowess and screen presence. His acting abilities were no more on display than during his ten screen appearances as Count Dracula. The man embodied evil, suavity and class in his portrayal, which spanned almost two decades of his career. He honed his ability to play a villain that would later be exhibited in Star Wars Episodes II and III.

Lee served in the Finnish Army, British Home Guard and Royal Air Force, mostly during World War II. He was involved in many intense operations as the Allies recaptured Europe from the Nazis.

2. Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in the brilliant.

Best Horror Movie Performances by Military Veterans
Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining. Photo courtesy of

Nicholson has had a prolific career spanning decades and roles, some of which are villains, though none take the cake like his performance as Jack Torrance in the brilliant. The film grew out of a great novel of the same name by horror literature master Stephen King and is then directed by the one and only Stanley Kubrick. Nicholson’s delivery is so flawless and memorable that the film ranks in the top 75 greatest films of all time and is protected in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, not to mention its IMDB rating of 8.4. /10 and its 85% Rotten Tomatoes score. also with an audience score of 93%. Nicholson has so many quotable lines and historical scenes, it’s hard to top.

Nicholson served in the California Air National Guard from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

3. Lance Henriksen as Bishop in aliens.

Best Horror Movie Performances by Military Veterans
Henriksen (left) as Bishop on screen with Sigourney Weaver (right) as Ripley and Carrie Henn (center) as Newt in aliens. Photo courtesy of

Lance Henriksen is another horror movie staple with his performance in the sci-fi horror film, aliens. Cameron Takes Script To New Heights After Ridley Scott Premiere Extraterrestrial film. Henriksen’s role as Bishop sheds light on how AI could work in sync with humans and the likely benefits of AI in supporting humanity. He embodies the character with depth, ease and humanity, which is a rare combination. He continued his role as bishop, in one form or another, in some of the sequels of aliens.

Henriksen served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1958, attaining the rank of petty officer third class.

4. Donald Pleasance as Dr. Loomis in The Halloween franchise.

Best Horror Movie Performances by Military Veterans
Pleasance as Dr. Loomis in his many appearances in the Halloween franchise. Photo courtesy of

Pleasance transitions into a solid performance, but with diminishing storyline and production quality as the series progressed, throughout the premiere. Halloween franchise from the late 70s to the mid 90s. He plays Dr. Loomis with conviction and depth, which adds a lot to each of the episodes of the series. He is a mainstay and truly spells out the horror that will ensue due to Michael Myers’ escape from incarceration. Pleasance can be seen in other classics such as The great Escape and as the Bond villain, Blofeld in you only live twice.

Pleasance served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was shot during the war, captured by the Germans, and spent time in a POW camp. He put on plays for his fellow inmates at the camp, which may have been part of his inspiration to star in The great Escape.

5. Dark Horse Nominee: Tom Savini as “Sex Machine” in From dusk to dawn.

Best Horror Movie Performances by Military Veterans
Tom Savini as “Sex Machine” in From dusk to dawn. Photo courtesy of

Tom Savini has made a career out of makeup, special effects and comedy for horror films. He worked on some of the best of all time, including dawn of the dead, horror show and Friday 13 I and IV. He played a fun and memorable role in From dusk to dawn like Sex Machine, which was based on his dawn of the dead character, Blades. Although his character valiantly fights vampires in From dusk to dawnhe ends up being bitten by one and turns into a bloodsucker that Clooney and company have to deal with.

Savini served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as a photographer. He used his experiences with war and death in his gory makeup effects. To quote his 2002 interview with the Pittsburgh Post, “When I was in Vietnam, I was a combat photographer. My job was to photograph images of damage to machines and people. Through my lens I’ve seen hideous things [stuff]. To deal with it, I guess I tried to think of it as special effects. Now, as an artist, I just think about creating the effect within the limits that we have to deal with.

Battle of the Banned Books: The author of a book on the “to destroy” list visits Rapid City Tue, 17 May 2022 20:59:25 +0000

RAPID CITY, SD — Earlier this month, five books were placed on Rapid City-area schools’ list of surplus property to be destroyed.

In a statement, the district said it was because the books contained “explicit and inappropriate sexual content.” Those who oppose it say it is a group of people trying to legislate morality.

Students, teachers and parents have since spoken out, saying the books weren’t mandatory and their removal was a blatant attempt to limit diversity.

“As a senior myself, I felt really, fair, disrespected being told what I can and can’t read because maybe it’s too mature for my age,” Colton Porter said. , senior at Central High School. “I just got angry, just upset, because it became clear that the people who were advocating the destruction of these books didn’t understand what these books were being read for.”

Porter says he could see where “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” might be questionable — based on district politics — but doesn’t understand why the other four are objectionable.

Many gathered outside Mitzi’s Books in the Shops at Main Street Square on Monday evening for a community conversation. The event was standing room only. Several students spoke of the impact these books had on them, making them feel less alone and learn more about themselves at this pivotal time in human experience.

“Just in general, books tell us about the world; just teach us about different aspects of the world, about different people, about different things people go through,” says Nancy Swanson, chair of the South Dakota Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. “It’s so revealing.”

The five books marked for destruction: “The Circle”, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, “Girl, Woman, Other”, “How Beautiful We Were” and “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic”

Others said that as young adults, about to be released into the world, it was important that they were as prepared as possible for the challenges ahead.

Some asked why people tried to legislate discomfort.

“Honestly, anyone can probably walk into a library and find something that offends them,” says Shari Theroux, president of the South Dakota Library Association. “But, you know, you have the freedom not to read it, and everyone has the freedom to read whatever they want to read.”

One of the authors whose book is withdrawn says there is nothing more un-American than the destruction of literature.

“This is a country built on freedom of thought and intellectual freedom for all,” says author Dave Eggers, whose book, “The Circle,” is on the to-destroy list. “As we stand 25 minutes from Mount Rushmore, these four stone-hewn heads would weep knowing that books were not only being pulled from shelves – depriving young adults – but destroyed.”

The school district says they are still investigating, but Porter says the books are missing from the library.

Journalist: “Do you think you would feel differently if they were banned or destroyed?”

“For me, there is no difference. Because anyway, no matter the outcome, I can’t read them,” Porter says.

Porter and many others – including Shari Theroux and Nancy Swanson – agree that the decision to read or not to read a title should be a family affair. Porter says a group of people shouldn’t come to the board to “unilaterally ban” titles just because they themselves don’t agree.

Proving that the action taken to remove these titles could have the opposite effect.

“When you challenge books, it’s usually going to get into the news and that sort of thing,” Swanson says. “Really what it does is bring more attention to these conversations that we probably should be having anyway.”

Eggers also read letters from other authors whose books are withdrawn. One wrote, “Which society has profited from the burning of books? As a student of history, I can tell you that there is none.

Eggers himself saying, “You don’t want to be in the company of book burners.”

Rapid City-area schools community relations officer Caitlin Pierson said in a statement that district attorneys are “investigating the contents of these books” to see if they could be sold or destroyed.

The item does not appear for discussion on the agenda for Tuesday evening’s school board meeting.

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BeReal is the latest Gen Z social app obsessed with authenticity Tue, 17 May 2022 12:00:00 +0000

BeReal, as the name of the app suggests, wants me to post my truth. Once a day randomly, I’m asked to “be real”, to capture my unfiltered life synchronously through my phone’s selfie and rear camera. There is, according to BeReal, a distinctly authentic self behind the smoke and mirrors of social media, waiting to be revealed.

BeReal’s premise is simple. Every day, users are randomly prompted to take a photo within two minutes, although the post window remains open for hours. Users can add a caption, comment on their friends’ posts of the day, and interact via RealMojis or custom reaction photos. Upon posting, two streams are unlocked, one personalized with friends’ posts and the other a discovery stream that features strangers in the midst of mostly mundane tasks. Feeds are updated once a day and messages expire once the next BeReal alert is sent, presumably to get users to put down their phones and live their “real” life after a few minutes on the app.

BeReal falls into the genre of “anti-Instagram” apps, novel photo platforms that attempt to fulfill a niche social function that Instagram lacks. In this case, it’s authenticity and an ad-free experience. “BeReal won’t make you famous,” the app says. “If you want to be an influencer, you can stay on TikTok and Instagram.”

Every year or so, a hot new social startup emerges from the carpentry with an overconfident vision of a better, more authentic way to be online. It rarely sticks. In early 2021, the app of the day was Dispo, which simulated the experience of using a disposable camera by asking users to wait for photos to develop. Available benefited of co-founder David Dobrik’s YouTube fame, but a scandal led investors to quickly to get some distance since the start, even with the resignation of Dobrik. Later that year, Poparazzi, an app that encouraged users to take paparazzi photos of their friends, took off on TikTok. It hit the top of the App Store for a few weeks, but the infatuation soon appeased.

This year’s VC-animated and supported darling is BeReal, which is currently the second most downloaded social networking app on the App Store, behind TikTok. It was launched in December 2019, but nearly 75%, or 7.67 million, of BeReal’s downloads occurred this year, according to recent Apptopia data shared with Tech Crunch. The app recently closed a Series B funding round and is expected to quadruple its valuation to around $630 million, reported Business Intern may’s beginning.

“We’re always looking to connect with friends in a casual way,” said Kristin Merrilees, 20, a Barnard College student and BeReal user, who also writes about culture and the internet. “I think Snapchat was that space briefly until my friends stopped using it. Now it’s BeReal that lets you peek into people’s lives throughout the day.

What is real, however, and what is fake when we spend so much of our time tethered to screens? In a commodified social media landscape, authenticity is as much a marketing buzzword as it is a a value on the screen, praised by people, brands and, of course, apps. BeReal assumes that the authentic self can be disclosed under the right conditions – that catching users off guard will lead them to abandon any pretense. And so far, users seem to buy into its pitch.

“It has the vintage feel of the early days of Instagram,” said Sasha Khatami, 21, who works in digital marketing. “I think this is an interesting shift for people like me, who have been used to posting curated content for so long, now to a reminder to post in the moment.”

BeReal’s unsubtle marketing strategy has made it a smash hit among students. The startup pays students to serve as campus ambassadors, refer friends, and host promotional events. Besides its trendy character, the app’s concept and key functions are anything but original. It’s a timely reinvention of The back and the frontan app that popularized the simultaneous selfie and rear camera photo before shutting down in 2015. Likewise, its unpredictable daily push alert mimics the engagement strategy of Minutiae, an anonymous daily photo-sharing app launched in 2017.

Yet BeReal is hardly a threat to the established hierarchy of social platforms that have built a decade-old fiefdom from our data and attention. BeReal has no intention of redoing the social internet. Instead, it operates on the fringes of this seemingly unshakeable world order and is backed by some of the same companies that funded Instagram and Twitter. (Venture capitalists are perpetually on the hunt for the next big social startup, despite his story of false starts.) Its goal, like that of most startups, is to become commercially viable, which means it must eventually find ways to make money from its users.

The app’s biggest appeal may be its current novelty and the fact that it’s not about Instagram or Snapchat. However, BeReal does not seem to be able to escape the grip of the major social networks. Merrilees noticed an increase in people sharing their BeReals on Instagram. Some are even remix them in TikToks, like a kind of memory reel. “A lot of people migrate content across different platforms,” Khatami tells me. “It feels very natural to me. I started making TikToks of my BeReal photos after seeing people post theirs.

Since BeReal is so insular, its use is highly dependent on individual circles of friends. Once people start to get tired of it, chances are their friends will too. There’s a FOMO-ish undercurrent to the hype. People download BeReal because they are curious. They don’t want to miss anything. It’s also nostalgic bait for those old enough to remember Instagram’s ad-free days. John Herrman of The Times found that it is a “reproduction of the experience of joining one of the mainstream social networks while they all still felt like toys”. BeReal’s daily reminder attempts to enforce a reflexive instinct to post and use the app, similar to how Snapchat users feel compelled to maintain their streaks. However, these alerts seem more artificial than spontaneous. They run counter not only to BeReal’s stated mission, but also to the psychological literature on authenticity and self-perception.

Authenticity is a fluid, ever-changing social construct that cannot be clearly mediated, especially through an app. In a critical review of the concept, researchers Katrina Jongman-Sereno and Mark Leary have argued that authenticity “may not be a viable scientific construct”, citing the different definitions used by psychologists, sociologists and behavioral researchers in their assessments. So why does this concern with online authenticity seem so prevalent? The internet flattens any distinction between irony and sincerity, human and machine, right and wrong. If it’s all artifice, why bother?

Our fixation on the authenticity of publication is perhaps a reflection of our anxieties about the internet and how it undermines our modern sense of self. Authenticity is a metric for measuring content and the celebrities, influencers, brands, and individuals behind the facade. “Lately, it seems like more and more people are noticing and calling out the performances on social media, like how ‘Casual Instagram’ has been identified as a trend,” said Maya Man, an artist and programmer. based in Los Angeles. The notion of authenticity soothes the viewer, assuring them that there is some truth to what is seen online. For the poster, it’s an ego-driven ideal to aspire to or embody – even with content they’re paid to promote.

BeReal’s attempt to maintain an authentic space is far from perfect, but it poses an unanswered ontological question: Are we really ourselves on the Internet? “I consider everything you post online as a contribution to this distributed internet avatar that you perform,” Man said. “Performance is not a negative thing. It’s the fact that you have a media audience in mind, even if you’re posting to a private account.

Users who started using the internet at an early age, or “digital natives”, might share Man’s gestalt theory and are more accustomed to balancing these different personalities. That’s why people have Twitter alts, finstas, and specific accounts dedicated to food, aesthetics, or memes. Some of these disaggregated identities might be perceived as more authentic than others. Since the online self is fractured across multiple platforms and mediums, authenticity is important insofar as it is a cohesive, ready-made identity for consumption by a public audience.

In a BeReal review, Real Life magazine editor Rob Horning posits, “An even more real-life version of BeReal would simply give your friends access to your cameras and microphones without you knowing, so they could watch you and see how you act when you’re not thinking of anyone. looked. If the panoptic gaze distorts us, only voyeurism frees us.

These conditions of voyeurism were what the man sought to study by creating Looking back, a Chrome extension that unpredictably takes a webcam shot once a day when the user opens a new tab. “I was very troubled by this feeling that someone has been watching you for a long time and you don’t look back,” she told me. “That’s how my computer feels all day, and we don’t have the ability to care about its sight.”

Even under Glance Back’s unexpected voyeurism, what he captured looked no more or less authentic than BeReal’s self-directed gaze. Glance Back catches me in a distracted, cloudy-eyed state as I convey a more serious, alert version of myself on BeReal. After a few weeks of observing the repetitive contours of my life through my browser and my phone, it dawned on me that authenticity is an easy concern, easier to grasp than our constant state of surveillance. Rather than worrying about our perceived authenticity, perhaps a better question is: why are we so willing to document ourselves to prove what we already know?

Local literary arts festival for young writers emerging from the scene Tue, 17 May 2022 02:00:00 +0000

Come as you are to the inaugural Kuala Lumpur Youth Literary Arts Festival (KLYLAF) from June 24-26, with participation from a handful of Klang Valley arts venues.

Yes, they really mean it: the festival’s theme is ‘No Invitation Necessary’, an apt representation of its spirit of openness, diversity, inclusivity and community.

“Much of our society is based on elitism and exclusivity, where access and opportunity are given based on ‘cliques’ or who you know, who your parents are or how popular you are. a person on social media. We want to challenge these barriers, limitations and restrictions based on social status, age, gender, ability, race, culture, religion and many more.

“We want to disrupt the status quo of closed doors, or doors with secret entrances and locations, priority lists and private auditions. At KLYLAF, you don’t need an invitation and you don’t need permission. If the sky was the limit, where would you go? What would you do? What would you talk about? Who would you be?” summarizes the message of the organizers.

“Access and inclusion is often not the norm in our society, which is why we have made it an important part of our program,” says Foster. Photo: The Star/Azman Ghani

This literary and performing arts festival for young emerging writers, arts educators and performers is organized by the Malaysian Institute for Debate and Public Speaking (MIDP) and MY Poetry School, with the sponsorship of the School of English at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia and additional support from MABECS (a UK education consultancy service).

It aims to promote education in the literary arts, to provide a platform for young and emerging writers, as well as to create communities of writers for young people.

It is a place where young people inspire young people, while creating opportunities and exchanges for young people who are passionate about theatre, drama, spoken word and storytelling.

“Access and inclusion is often not the norm in our society, which is why we have made it an important part of our program. We must also prioritize the development of creativity and the promotion of collaboration among our young people as a discipline, instead of overemphasizing the idea of ​​genius, exceptional talent or virtuoso,” says Elaine Foster, Founder of MY Poetry School.

“When we help young people play a greater role in designing a more accessible and inclusive world for themselves, we automatically create a better, more diverse, equal and inclusive future,” she adds.

KLYLAF is a hybrid festival, featuring online workshops, artist panels and a mentorship session, and live physical events that include an opening show at the Nero Event Space at the Petaling Jaya Performing Arts Center (PJPac); Saturday Night Live, an open-mic event at Merdekarya in Selangor; and a poetry slam at KuAsh Theatre, Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun at TTDI, Kuala Lumpur.

Each event is organized with specific age limits in mind by art and soft skills educators to maximize the learning experience.

Through these educational and interactive activities, the festival hopes to promote literary and artistic education among Malaysian youth.

“Now more than ever, spaces for young people to express themselves, connect and socialize with each other have become essential. With schools closed and the prolonged lockdown limiting their social lives, our young people have been deprived more than two years of opportunities to hone their soft skills that must be developed through rigorous daily interactions, as well as meaningful lived experiences that can shape their maturity, emotional intelligence and worldview,” says Emellia Shariff, Director general of MIDP.

KLYLAF also highlights the growing need to shift the focus from established big names to the next generation of local artists and writers.

“Conceived with young people in mind, the festival provides a safe, interactive space that allows for such a coming together of minds and talents, while exploring ways to see and hear the creative work of our young people outside of traditional publication expectations. .,” said Dr Sheena Baharudin, assistant professor of literature at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia.

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Green leaves Meanjin | Books+Publishing Mon, 16 May 2022 23:29:16 +0000

Meanjin editor Jonathan Green has announced that the December 2022 edition of the literary journal will be his last.

Green, who has held the position since 2015, is the 11th editor in the magazine’s 81-year history.

“It has been a great privilege to edit a publication so intrinsic to the history of postcolonial ideas and the literary culture of this country,” said Green. “This is a time when an elevated and curious public conversation is more important than ever. I would like to think that the Meanjin the editions I produced supported this public culture. I would like to thank the hundreds of Australian writers who trusted me with their words and ideas. Why go there now? For me, it’s time. I’m happy with what I’ve done, but I’m also looking forward to the magazine getting the boost of life that new editorial management can bring.

Meanjin is published Melbourne University Publishing (MUP). MUP CEO Nathan Hollier praised Green for “an outstanding job as editor”.

“Under his editorial direction, the magazine has been a key site for the discussion of the most important issues in Australian society and culture and has maintained the highest standards of literary quality. Jonathan was also a valued colleague and will be missed. We wish him good luck in his next projects.

A statement of Meanjin said a new editor would start in the last quarter of 2022, with the role to be announced “in the coming weeks”.

Photo: Jonathan Green by Peter Giafis.

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The Harry Potter book with the worst film adaptation according to fans Mon, 16 May 2022 20:41:00 +0000

In a “Harry Potter” Reddit thread, u/BoneyRL ranked “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” as the worst film adaptation, citing its “disappointing” storytelling. Other users concurred with this assessment, condemning the film for its truncated narrative. Like u/Genealogy-1 wrote: “I agree, the best are the ones where they really stick to the book, the costumes (especially the uniforms) and the sets. [That’s] why I like the first two. I really felt like I was in the world.”

For many fans, his omission of critical plot points from the book weakened the film’s internal logic. An user pointed to the film’s failure to portray the essential backstory of Voldemort’s mother, which laid the groundwork for Tom Riddle’s villain’s slow regression to his current soulless incarnation. Other Redditors have condemned the main set’s portrayals, particularly in regards to their budding romantic relationships. Like u/Myble said, “Not to mention the very awkward and forced romantic interactions between Harry and Ginny, making their whole relationship super weird without the context of the book.”

For some users, the adaptation of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” extinguished the magic of the whole series. U/erin_bex revealed, “I’ve seen every movie in theaters…and stop watching after this one. The books were iconic and they destroyed the source material.”

Ultimately, while the “Harry Potter” franchise arguably remains a historic feat in literature and film, its adaptations will likely inspire heated debate for generations to come.

Victorian England between science and faith. From May 13 on the app Mon, 16 May 2022 17:31:12 +0000

Carrie Mathison. This is the name of the famous character played by American actress Claire Dance in the series “Home”, an innovative and far-sighted story by Showtime that aired from 2011 to 2020. It is already difficult to get rid of such a multifaceted film and complex. character of CIA agent Carrie, who lived with devotion, nostalgia and impartiality, the Danes performed with a rare skill that won her several awards, including two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards. In short, a role, a series that changes the career path. The curtain falls on “Homeland”, the first project adopted by the Danes is the British series “The Essex Serpent”. Next to her is Shakespearean actor Tom Hiddleston, who is credited with “The Night Manager” (2016) and the character of Loki in the Marvel cycle.

On the edge of the puzzle. London 1893. Cora Seaborn is a rich woman who has just been widowed. A lifelong science enthusiast, she is fascinated by mysterious sightings in Essex County, where a creature of malignant origin is suspected. The woman therefore moves to Colchester, where she meets Deputy Will Ransom. Together they try to solve the mystery…

Advantages and disadvantages. The narrative duo is provided by the novel by Sarah Perry, published in Italy by Neri Buzza. Adapted for the screen, produced by Apple TV+ and See-Saw Films, it is Anna Symon while Clio Barnard directs. The atmosphere is at the crossroads between the 19th and 20th centuries, between urgent modernity, the achievements of science, beliefs and popular superstitions that are more pagan than religious. In rural Victorian England, mysteries and suspicious deaths are quickly identified as manifestations of evil and read as a form of divine punishment. The local fishermen immediately give in to the irrational, trying to accuse a little girl. Reverend Will and researcher Cora attempt to hold the helm of straight reason, which seeks truth in the smoky folds of mystery, even as it collides dangerously with the terrain of sentiment.

The mysterious Gothic atmosphere of the English countryside is sure to triumph in this short series of 6 episodes, almost referencing the classics of 19th century literature, led by Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters, capable of creating a sociable character and lively for the characters, between drama and lines of feeling. The central role is Cora, a strong and free woman, who believes in science and refuses to indulge in easy superstition, who herself is also spared the violence of her husband. Definitely a modern woman in search of space and the right to expression.

Overall, the story telling follows a mysterious and dramatic path, pushing the limits of horror without overstepping them. The Danes and Hiddleston dominate the scene, creating two layered, tormented and magnetic characters that cannot go unnoticed. “The Essex Serpent” is a complex and problematic series.

Adults are revisiting these favorite childhood books – PR News Blog Mon, 16 May 2022 13:44:16 +0000

By Aleksandra Vayntraub // SWNS
More than half (54%) of Americans say they return to their childhood by reading the books they loved as children, including 62% of people over 77.
A new survey asked 2,000 American adults about their favorite childhood picture books and found Stan Berenstain’s “The Berenstain Bears” books came out on top with 31%.
Other popular picks include Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” (30%), Beatrix Potter’s “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” (30%) and Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon” (29%).
In the area of ​​books with chapters, respondents cited “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (24%), “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder (23%) and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl (22%).
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of ThriftBooks, the survey also found that half (50%) say they still remember every line of their favorite children’s book, with millennials most likely to say so (56%) .

When asked which children’s books they picked up as adults, people named “Beauty and the Beast,” JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss and “Charlotte’s Web” by EB White, among others.

Relatable characters that stuck with readers included Encyclopedia Brown, Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Frodo Baggins, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking.
“Adventurous” (52%) and “kind” (50%) were the character traits of the books people most identified with. Men were more likely than women to identify with generous characters (42% versus 32%). Meanwhile, millennials were much more likely than Gen Xers to identify as courageous (52% vs. 38%), generous (45% vs. 29%) and loyal (47% vs. 33%) characters.
A third said they identified most with children’s book characters who looked like them.
What did people love most about reading books when they were kids? Imagining the fictional characters and worlds were real (42%), getting lost in the story (35%) and looking at the artwork (35%).
The books have also taught many people a valuable life lesson. According to respondents, the most important of these were to ‘always be friendly’, that ‘every living thing has feelings’, ‘laugh at your mistakes’ and ‘to be true to yourself and not allow yourself to be influenced by social pressure”.
“Literature can be both an escape and a powerful educational tool,” said a ThriftBooks spokesperson. “Our results show that books are often the first place people learned about concepts such as kindness (38%), honesty (34%), sharing (33%), cooperation (30%) and bullying (24%). More than seven in 10 (73%) said their parents read to them every night when they were kids, with the average respondent listening to five books a night.
And according to 69%, reading books as a child helped them learn to appreciate literature better as adults.
“Books clearly play an important role during the childhood years and have a lasting effect into adulthood. As summer approaches, it’s important for children to find fun incentives to keep reading. reading challenges can include incentives for students and adults to buy more books during the summer months,” the spokesperson added. “Adults can also keep the reading fun going by exploring new versions of classics. familiar.”
Ma Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie” by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 33%
Marmee from “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott – 29%
Molly Weasley from JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series – 29%
Charlotte from “Charlotte’s Web” by EB White – 29%
Dr. Kate Murry from “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle – 28%
Raksha from “The Jungle Book” by Rudyard Kipling – 28%
Ms. Quimby from Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona” – 28%
The Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – 40%
Lady Tremaine aka the wicked stepmother from “Cinderella” – 37%
Petunia Dursley from JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series – 35%
The mother-in-law of “Hansel and Gretel” – 35%
The other mother of “Coraline” by Neil Gaiman – 33%
Mrs. Wormwood from “Matilda” by Roald Dahl – 32%
The Witch from “Rapunzel” – 27%

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‘Taangh/Longing’, ‘Shoebox’ wins top prizes at New York Indian Film Fest | Entertainment News Mon, 16 May 2022 07:21:29 +0000

New York: A documentary about hockey Olympian Grahnandan Singh, a film that explores a young woman’s complex relationship with her father, and a documentary about young girls who stand up against child marriage and learn football have won top honors at this year’s New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) which celebrated India’s cinematic traditions as the country enters its 75th year of independence.

Around 60 films, feature films and documentaries screened at the 2022 New York Indian Film Festival, considered the oldest and most prestigious festival in North America which ran from May 7-14 and featured the cinema of India and the Indian diaspora.

Presented virtually for the third consecutive year, the festival, presented by the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC), presented 60 screenings including 18 feature films, six documentaries and 36 short films.

The festival closed on Saturday with the documentary “The Beatles and India: An Enduring Love Affair”, directed by Ajoy Bose and Peter Compton.

A picture of ‘Shoebox’. Picture: YouTube

NYIFF 2022 winners included ‘Shoebox’, voted Best Picture while Aditya Vikram Sengupta won Best Director for ‘Once Upon a Time in Calcutta’, Best Screenplay award went to ‘Powai’, Jitendra Joshi won Best Actor for ‘Godavari’, and Sreelekha Mitra won Best Actress for ‘Once Upon a Time in Calcutta’.

The Best Child Actor award went to Reyaan Shah and Hirnaya Zinzuwadia for “Gandhi & Co.” Documentary ‘Taangh/Longing’ directed by Bani Singh, telling the story of his father, Olympian Grahanandan Singh who won two gold medals in hockey in 1948 and 1952, won Best Documentary (Feature Film) ), while the award for Best Short Film (Documentary) went to “Kicking Balls”.

An image from ‘Taangh/Longing’. Picture: YouTube

The documentary, which is set in three small villages in Rajasthan, details the work of a non-profit organization that trains teenage girls, almost all child brides, in football.

The award for Best Short (Story) went to Succulent’. India’s Consul General in New York, Randhir Jaiswal presented the awards to the winners. IAAC President Dr. Nirmal Mattoo said at the closing night that the festival showcased India’s contribution to the world of art and literature. As India celebrates 75 years of independence this year, Mattoo said that India as a country has long literary and artistic traditions and there is an abundance of creative and scientific literature.

A poster of Once Upon a Time in Calcutta. Photo: IMDB

IAAC Executive Director Suman Gollamudi said this year that the festival showcases the diversity of Indian culture and showcases the country’s famous cinematic traditions.

NYIFF festival director Aseem Chhabra expressed hope that after being featured in virtual editions for the past three years due to the pandemic, the festival will return in an in-person avatar next year.

Our goal is to really underscore NYIFF’s commitment to diversity and cultural representation in filmmaking, he said. He said this year the festival featured films in 13 languages ​​spoken in India: Assamese, Bengali, English, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu.

Chhabra added that NYIFF’s mission is to provide filmmakers, actors and industry professionals with a platform to showcase their work, create a culture where filmmakers can exchange ideas with diverse audiences, journalists and aficionados.

The wrap-up party also featured Chhabra’s moderated conversation with Bose and producer Reynold D’Silva about their documentary about the iconic Beatles band’s time in India.

Through rare archival footage, photographs, eyewitness accounts and expert commentary as well as filming across India, the documentary brings to life the fascinating journey of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr since their lives of high-octane celebrity in the West. in a remote Himalayan ashram in search of spiritual bliss that inspires an unprecedented burst of creative songwriting.