Ever been behind on your New Yorkers? I race through to catch up. First I find “By Fire,” by Tahar Ben Jelloun. This brief tale brings a transparent clarity to the Arab Spring. Fiction can be a short cut–often more meaningful than...
HERE IS A MOVIE, STILL IN THE THEATERS, FOR YOU! The East, which refers to the name of an anarchist collective whose members work to insure that various corporate wrongdoers experience the effects of their damage in the most direct ways possible. As...
The Good House, by Ann Leary. A fine and funny and readable portrait of a sixty-something single psychic-descended-from-witches real estate agent in New England. She vies with corporate brokers, her grown children, her friends and neighbors, new and...
The title is perfect on at least three different levels: 1) behavior of the butterflies; 2) behavior of Dellarobia Turnbow, who wants to flee her marriage; and 3) behavior of the media, and for that matter most of the human community, which prefers...
1. No, starring Gael Garcia Bernal. Remember the 1973 U.S.-sponsored coup against Chile’s President Salvador Allende, the first and only elected socialist at the time in Latin America? Pinochet, the military strongman who came into power,...
1. The Gatekeepers. The retired leaders of Shin Bet (the Israeli FBI/CIA) agree–it’s time to craft peace with the Palestinians. Old men who have made war tend to have regrets. Too late, of course. But this film could affect the present...