A Book and a [Big] Bird

One week left of being a 30-something… I’m way behind on my birthday list reporting, but I will try to catch up over the next few days! I’m working my way through the Modern Library’s top 100 novels and nonfiction books. As I was perusing the list of novels about a month ago, I noticed […]


  I watched Shane the other night (#45 in AFI’s top 100 movies list). It’s a western from 1953, and it features a lot of beautiful scenery and a lot of fightin’. The main conflict is between “homesteaders” who’ve built homes on the open prairie and greedy cattle owners who want all of the land […]

Demme and Ivory

Thanks to the Coolidge and the Brattle, I had the opportunity to see two acclaimed film directors speak this past week. The Coolidge presented Jonathan Demme with its annual honorary award. And the Brattle is hosting a weekend visit with James Ivory. A number of colleagues showered Jonathan Demme with accolades at the award ceremony. […]

I’m a Natural

I was commended on my performance in the fMRI machine today. I did so well, they want me to come back in a few months. I apparently kept very very still and listened to directions well. I was quite surprised by how well I did. I was in that tube for almost two hours! It […]

James Ivory

Boston peeps, if you are a fan of director James Ivory (Howard’s End, Remains of the Day, A Room with a View), he will be at the Brattle Theatre on March 6 and 7. Details are to come for March 6…I think he will be giving a talk at 7 pm. He will also attend […]