Daddy’s Little Girl: Extreme Edition

Being a daddy’s girl myself, I find the dynamics between fathers and daughters very fascinating. We rely so heavily on them to help mold us into the women we will become and when they are not there or depend on us too much it can affect us for the rest of our lives.

These are not the picture perfect father and daughter stories, but rather the odd eccentric versions of them:

The movie Dreamland takes place in a trailer park in the middle of the New Mexico desert. Here we meet Audrey, a young woman struggling to find her place in the world, choosing to take care of everyone around her rather than fulfill her owns dreams. Her father is an anxiety ridden hermit who refuses to move forward with his life after the death of his wife, Audrey’s mother, Audrey’s best friend Calista suffers from multiple sclerosis and spends her day fantasizing about becoming the next Miss America even though she might Continue reading “Daddy’s Little Girl: Extreme Edition”

What Is a Mix Tape?

“When I first saw you, I saw love.”

“All you need is love.”

“Love is a battlefield.”

“I’m not going to write you a love song.”

“I’m all out of love.”

From famed music critic and contributing editor at Rolling Stone Magazine, Rob Sheffield’s book Love is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time will grab the heart and ears of any music lover no matter how young or old they might be. Although I-pods have come to replace mix CDs and mix CDs have long replaced mix tapes there is nothing like a good mixture of songs to connect a person to someone else’s life or emotion at the time. Mix tapes have been linked to break-ups, the infamous road trips, and of course as a way to communicate to someone when you have no words.

Rob does just that while explaining his early years as an awkward geek growing up and the music he listened to. It was the path of music that would lead him to his future wife Renee. It was their love of music that kept them together and even after the tragic loss of Renee it was music that continued to keep Rob going. With each chapter beginning with the songs from fifteen of his own mix tapes we follow the soundtrack of his life…and even Continue reading “What Is a Mix Tape?”

Read a Movie, See a Book

Image of DVD A Love Song for Bobby Long“See what it is invisible and you will see what to write. That’s how Bobby used to put it. It was the invisible people he wanted to live with. The ones that we walk past everyday, the ones we sometimes become. The ones in books who live only in someones mind’s eye.”

A Love Song for Bobby Long was originally released in 2004, and is to me one of the most overlooked films in our collection. Its screenplay is based on the novel Off Magazine Street by Ronald Everett Capps. Also featured throughout the movie are quotes from some of our most famous writers, and it is filled with themes from the book The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. It’s a movie inundated with the love of literature.

The movie takes place in the heart of New Orleans where both beauty Continue reading “Read a Movie, See a Book”