Movie Mondays: Doppelgänger Movies

Click here to view Capote in the SPL catalogClick here to view Infamous in the SPL catalogMany people remember Philip Seymour Hoffman’s tour-de-force performance as Truman Capote in the biopic Capote, which earned him an Academy Award. Less well known is the fact that another movie was released shortly thereafter which covers almost exactly the same ground: Infamous. Both films are about Capote’s efforts to research and write his landmark book In Cold Blood, including his friendships with Harper Lee and one of the murderers. The similarity even extends to individual scenes which are practically identical in both, such as when Capote and Lee wait outside the courthouse as the killers are brought in. With Toby Jones in the lead role, Infamous is arguably even better than Capote. Yet it garnered not nearly as much attention, a fact lamented by producer Christine Vachon in her compelling account of how the movie got made, available in her book A Killer Life. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Doppelgänger Movies”

Dancing about architecture

Photo of the Central Library courtesy of Flickr Creative CommonsThe unusual design and architecture of Seattle’s Central Library has inspired many people. Every day, throughout the day, someone can be seen taking pictures of the steel and glass building both inside and out. Photographers are found around the Fourth or Fifth Avenue entrances looking into the honeycombed windows or skyward at the jutted angles that give the building its unique shape. They are also seen wandering inside the library, taking in the intense red walls of Level 4 or capturing the plays of light created in atrium of the Betty Jane Narver Reading Room on Level 10. In a way, a photographer does a kind of dance—bending, turning and balancing in order to get the perfect shot. Their work not only depicts the physical structure of the Library, but can also serve to evoke particular sentiments and ideas. Continue reading “Dancing about architecture”

An American in Paris — with food!

find The-Sweet-Life-in-Paris in the library catalogI am a not-so-secret Francophile. To put it bluntly, I am obsessed with France – Paris especially. A big part of this obsession is the food. The baguettes, the soft cheese, the macarons, the chocolate – my god, the chocolate!

I have been to Paris only once. It was a high school trip and we spent three days in Paris before moving on to the next city. Those three days are solidly etched in my mind as three of the best days of my life. Could this dramatic distinction be the result of the haze of nostalgia and hyperbole of teenage emotions? Possibly. But my love of the City of Light (and Delicious Food) has been immoveable ever since. Continue reading “An American in Paris — with food!”

Summer reading: Reviews from readers at the Central Library

Once by Cameron Dokey
An intricate collection of fairy tales that leave you questioning how the ones you grew up with could be true. A wonderful writer who helps give a second childhood. ~ Autumn

Dropped Names by Frank Langella
This guy’s first book? Wow! Great insight to some very famous people told with insight and believability. ~ Steve

Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood by Jill Watts
This story should be a sequel to The Help. She was an Oscar winner from Gone with the Wind; suffered gravely as a Black female. ~ Marguerite Continue reading “Summer reading: Reviews from readers at the Central Library”

Summer Reading: Suggestions from Central Library readers

Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry
Wow! Grabbed me from the first page and held me until the last; can’t believe this was her debut novel. Excellent mystery – looking forward to more from this author.
~ Julie

Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins
Suspenseful Victorian drama involving a strong-willed blind girl and a pair of identical twins, as told by the young woman’s companion.
~ John

Subterranean by James Rollins
A deep, extensive cave system is found and a second set of explorers is sent after the first disappears. A civilization of hominids, dinosaurs and an ancient killer fungus add excitement to this story.
~ Sarah

Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
Is someone who does good under the guise of evil doing true good? If they are not punished by evil for it should they be punished by good? These are the questions this novel asks, brilliantly.
~ Jeff

Theodosia & the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers
Absolutely loved it. She reminds me of Flavia de Luce. Clever, funny, and a fun read.
~ Erin

Old Masters and Young Geniuses by David W. Galenson.
Looking at artists – painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, movie directors – he finds two types: “experimenters” who process art over time and their work peaks late in career, and “conceptualizers,” by flash with inspiration and forge new paths early. Old: Cezanne; Young: Picasso.
~ Doug