May 31, 2004

The Lord of the Rings,
Peter Jackson

Posted at 03:45 PM

Well, if this one isn't an obvious choice: The best fantasy film ever produced; adapted from, arguably, the best literary fantasy ever written....

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The Unbearable Lightness of Being,
Philip Kaufman

Posted at 12:19 PM

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Milan Kundera this film features Daniel Day Lewis, Juliet Binoche and Lena Olin, the two women in their breakout performances. This was not a simple adaptation by any means. Kundera's text...

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Rudolf Rocker

Recall that Parecon (Participatory Economics) represents one option to Capitalism now that Communism is dead. Anarcho-Syndicalism is a second option. The full text of this book is available online, here....

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May 30, 2004

Crafty Hands,
Happy the Man

Posted at 12:17 AM

Perhaps my favourite album, particularly when the intention is to listen, and to get emotional in the process. Exquisite musicianship all around in a band consisting of guitar, bass, standard drum kit and a pair of keyboardists. Among these principle...

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The Ecology of Commerce,
Paul Hawken

This book features prominently in the documentary film, The Corporation, being the text which begins the redemption of CEO Ray Anderson from corporate ecological rapist to good corporate citizen. Quite a transformation and, as it turns out, a sustainable and...

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May 29, 2004

Blade Runner,
Ridley Scott

Posted at 02:42 PM

The quintessential Sci-Fi film. Star Wars is a great yarn, but Blade Runner is truer to the best-of-breed social commentary originating from authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip K. Dick, the latter of whom authored Do Androids...

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Bogart and Bergman

Posted at 01:32 PM

For me, the quintessential dramatic film. It's hard to believe the makers were writing the script as they shot it, making the result a likely triumph of editing. Crisp, meaningful dialog, every line of which moves the story forward. Laughs,...

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May 28, 2004

Roots in the Sky,

Posted at 07:52 PM

Perhaps my favourite jazz LP (Yes, my tape is recorded from the original vinyl!) See the entry New Chautauqua for a story about the longevity of this tape in my library. Oregon is an ensemble of crack acoustic instrumentalists featuring...

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New Chautauqua,
Pat Metheny

Posted at 07:41 PM

The most melodious and mellifluous of Metheny's work, all guitar. A jazz riff on folkish themes. The cover image is appropriate; I have a tape featuring this album on side A and Oregon's Roots in the Sky on B and...

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Songs of the Free,
Gang of Four

Posted at 07:35 PM

This is raucous good stuff, with smashing beats and unruly guitars to match the smashingly unruly politics of a band out to challenge the status quo on all fronts....

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May 13, 2004

The Crimson Petal and the White,
Michel Faber

Posted at 07:34 PM

Epic (944 pages!) novel set in Victorian England. Reads well, and more quickly than one might expect with such a chunky volume. Unlike other somewhat revisionist time-pieces, everyone here regardless of gender or class comes off somewhat doltish, though victimhood...

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May 01, 2004

A Wizard of Earthsea,
Ursula K. LeGuin

Posted at 05:26 PM

Book one in a popular and critically acclaimed trilogy (The Tombs of Atuan, The Farthest Shore). Only The Lord of the Rings is a more strongly written fantasy. However, Ursula K. LeGuin's story is a more personal tale with political...

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Parecon: Life After Capitalism,
Michael Albert

Posted at 05:16 PM

On my reading list. For more info, see Participatory Economics....

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