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Ask not what this movie can do for you…

This is, in a roundabout sort of way, a review of The Report (2019, Amazon Studios). Not the whole thing, of course. Really, it’s more of an executive summary of an even longer and more substantive review that I started … Continue reading

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First Chair, Last Chair, Any Chair, No Chair

Experience suggests that conventionally trained symphony orchestra and symphonic band musicians (especially we non-pros) probably don’t think all that much about the physical arrangement of their performance spaces, once certain fundamentals are settled to their satisfaction: section leadership and playing … Continue reading

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Putting the “Me” in “Memory”

Blade Runner (pick a cut, any cut) is a popular film for philosophers. In addition to being a fascinating bit of on-screen world-building and fantastic design, it also raises (and variously confuses, depending on which cut you’re watching) issues concerning … Continue reading

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Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown…

…especially when said head belongs to a lonely gorilla the size of a building who can’t seem to catch a break. [There will be some spoilers for Kong: Skull Island (2017) here. If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t want … Continue reading

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[Review] The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I would develop short lessons about appropriate responses to information in the context of both general research skills instruction and specific kinds of library information literacy instruction. I’ve been collecting books and links … Continue reading

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In Which The Habitrail Critic Calls For An Assist From Bob Vila

One of the most important things that Guillermo del Toro does right in Crimson Peak is make the house a character. In a gorgeously shot movie that otherwise breaks no original ground in terms of plot or character, this is a crucial choice for … Continue reading

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In Which The Habitrail Critic Is The Monday Morning Quarterback Ridley Scott Never Knew He Needed

Here’s the thing about The Martian (which I saw this past weekend): Matt Damon is not the problem. I wouldn’t say this film has 99 problems, but whatever number it does have (and it definitely has a nonzero number of problems), … Continue reading

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Ginger’s Narcissistic One-Body Book Club Presents: Letters from the Empire

One of the things I really like about following a long-running book series is that eventually, the characters and even the language of the stories start to feel like home. They are family, in a way, foibles and all. Once … Continue reading

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The Habitrail Critic Wishes To Drink From The Lethe

The after/underworld of the ancient Greeks — the realm of Hades — is a pretty interesting place. There are places of punishment there (in Tartarus, according to some accounts not in Hades but beneath it), places for the souls whose lives … Continue reading

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The Habitrail Critic Saw What You Did There

When I was a child, I used to enjoy watching big magic events on TV — David Copperfield, Doug Henning, that sort of thing. There was something utterly fascinating about what they did, a kind of flashy romance. The whole … Continue reading

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