The Story of Film Part 13: New Boundaries – Cinema From Around the World

As Mark Cousin’s The Story of Film marches into the 1990’s, we are now on the cusp of a technological step forward that will change the face of cinema itself. But before we cross the digital threshold, let’s focus on the filmmakers emerging during the waning days of celluloid.
Though he began his film career in the 1970’s, Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami wouldn’t be embraced by world cinema until his film Where Is The Friend’s House? in 1987. A simple story of a boy trying to return a friend’s school notebook, Kiarostami would revisit the film twice, creating the critically acclaimed Koker Trilogy, named after the village where the films are set. The second film, And Life Goes On, tells a semi-fictionalized account of the director’s journey back to Koker in an attempt to find the previous films’ actors following an earthquake in 1990. The third film, Through The Olive Trees, again tells a semi-fictionalized story, but this one is set during the making of the second film as the director attempts to counsel one of the actors through their romantic troubles.

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Oh, doggone it!

Dogs can completely change the way we feel—for the better. They are funny, loving, and intelligent. Canine companions live in an estimated 63 million U.S. homes, so it’s no wonder stories, movies, and videos featuring dogs have always been big hits. Let’s not forget our own local legend, the public-transit-riding dog, Eclipse, who rides the bus throughout Seattle (except during quarantine, of course). Today, we are going to look at three dog-related titles that highlight the amazing lives of dogs and those who live with, rely on, and love them.

The Art of Racing in the Rain book cover imageThe Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

This is one of those stories, told through the eyes (and voice) of a dog, that simply works. Enzo is a dog who sees the world for what it is and would love to speak his mind directly to those around him, but cannot. However, we are lucky enough to get an inside look at his joys and frustrations surrounding the life of his human family. Publisher’s Weekly notes: “Stein’s tale of family, loss, redemption, and fast cars—recounted entirely from the perspective of a retriever-terrier mix named Enzo—ups the ante on the recent trend of high-concept anthropomorphism in popular fictions.” Continue reading “Oh, doggone it!”

Vegetarian Cooking with Flipster and eCookbooks

Whether you are busier than ever or have found yourself with more time than you ever thought possible, you still need to eat! If you are interested in adding more vegetables to your diet, want to try meatless Mondays, or are just tired of your same old standards, the library has many great digital vegetarian and vegan cooking resources. With your library card, you can access not only electronic cookbooks but excellent cooking magazines using Flipster. Flipster, which is also available as an app, allows you to browse and download full-color, interactive versions of your favorite magazines. There’s no waiting and no limit to the number of downloaded magazines you can have.

Here are a few publications to get you started:

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Upon Losing A Pet

Losing a pet is always hard. I recently lost my 20 year old cat, Stella. She was older then both of my children. Stella and my daughter had an unbreakable bond. My daughter’s first word at 8 months was “itty” as the cat would head bump against her. My daughter at times tried to say it was her cat but Stella and I really knew who the owner was.

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If only my library were in a bar… Booktoberfest 2019!

Think of it: the nerdy erudition of your neighborhood library, crossed with the convivial bonhomie of your local pub. That’s Booktoberfest, now in its fifth year! Trivia, karaoke, happy hours, all with a bookish twist. Storytimes, art class, and literary readings, all in bars! Come out and celebrate the season with us. Here’s what’s in store: Continue reading “If only my library were in a bar… Booktoberfest 2019!”