June Word of Mouth

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Children’s Picture Book: Mr. ParticularJason Kirschner

Fiction: Red April Santiago Roncagliolo

Memoir: The Bridge LadiesBetsy Lerner

Documentary: My Italian Secret Oren Jacoby

TV: Occupied — Karianne Lund,  Jo Nesbø,  Erik Skjoldbjærg. Netflix.

Writing: The Clockwork MuseEviator Zerubavel

Not-So-Ancient Inspiration: “The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it; accordingly, they parade their doctrines in all seriousness as true sensu proprio, and as absurdities form an essential part of these doctrines we have the great mischief of a continual fraud. Nay, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once. But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. Since all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.”

Arthur Schopenhauer, from “The Christian System” in Religion: A Dialogue, and Other Essays, (1910) as translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders, p. 106.

March Word of Mouth

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Music: What It Is: Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977), from the Vaults of Atlantic, Atco and Warner Bros. Records. Various artists.

Comedy:  No Can Defend — Gary Gulman

Memoir: Year of YesShonda Rhimes

Writing: The Forest for the Trees: an Editor’s Advice to Writers Betsy Lerner

Essays: 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time To Write: on Umbrellas and Sword Fights, Parades and Dogs, Fire Alarms, Children and Theater — Sarah Ruhl

Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny — Yuen Woo-Ping. Netflix.

Not-So-Ancient Inspiration: “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” — William James