Restaurant Bar

The Republican Response

On January 20, 2009, the day Obama was inaugurated, twelve Republican lawmakers gathered in a private dining room of an exclusive Washington restaurant. The meeting lasted for four hours. Before they parted, each of the Senators and Representatives

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Divorce Court

A Separation, Best Foreign Film in 2012

A Separation, the movie that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Picture, begins in an Iranian court of law.  Simin (played by Leila Hatami) and Nadar (Peyman Moaadi), an upper-middle class couple, are seeking a divorce.  They sit before a judge and argue their case:  Simin wants to take their eleven-year-old daughter out of the […]

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Wolf

The Grey, starring Liam Neeson

The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, is such a travesty, I hardly know where to begin. This movie is so bad, it offends on so many levels, it’s so full of misinformation, I truly want my money back. In one of the first scenes, Neeson kills a wolf

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Nightwoods

Nightwoods by Charles Frazier

The first line of Frazier’s new novel pulls you in:  “Luce’s new stranger children were small and beautiful and violent.”  You just can’t quit after a line like that; you have to go on.  Follow with “The children loved fire above all elements of creation,” and you have the beginnings of a tale of crime […]

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Stolen Life

A Stolen Life, by Jaycee Dugard

Phillip Garrido, the low-life who kidnapped eleven-year-old Jaycee Dugard and held her prisoner for 18 years, was sentenced to 431 years in prison for his unspeakable crimes. Nancy, his wife, got 36 years. A Stolen Life, written by Jaycee Dugard, is the story of what happened

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The Way

The Way, starring Martin Sheen

A phone call, a flight to Paris, an unexpected journey: these are the basic elements of The Way, a movie written and directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen. The call is from a police officer in the village of St. Jean de Port, France

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