Not into comic books really, and two boys as protaganists doesn't necessarily guarantee to me a bond with the work.. But if I like his other stuff, weNot into comic books really, and two boys as protaganists doesn't necessarily guarantee to me a bond with the work.. But if I like his other stuff, we'll see....more
The film (Just Like Heavan) was completely pleasant as a time-pass (we like Mark Ruffalo quite a bit) (we also like afterlife-type content); so perhapThe film (Just Like Heavan) was completely pleasant as a time-pass (we like Mark Ruffalo quite a bit) (we also like afterlife-type content); so perhaps will read the book some day....more
Great film. After my daughter finished reading this, we watched the film again (my 2nd time, her 3rd) and she pointed out all the differences. Not -alGreat film. After my daughter finished reading this, we watched the film again (my 2nd time, her 3rd) and she pointed out all the differences. Not -all- of them, from what I understand. But anyway she really likes both, and thinks the book is better but the changes made for the film were reasonable given how different films are from books, etc.. So now I get to, so we can continue our conversations about it all. I feel like the values inherent in it - on drinking; lgbt aware/friendly; and very human as far as sex - are great. And besides that the film is a lot of fun visually, as they bounce around Manhattan in these beat-up motoring items and bop around in bars and have emotional DRAMA etc.. there's humor, lots of music-love, people being actual selves, and a love story. Very fun, and to enjoy this with my teenage daughter and share the experience with her is good.
After: I really liked it. Can't imagine having experiences like that when I was a teenager, my life was so different. And hopefully my daughter won't have very many nights exactly like that during these next two years either, but I'm just happy to read about relationships being like that and guys being like Nick and all. Gives me optimism for the future. ...more
This is a great, big, glorious book about our great, big, glorious Minnesota State Fair. Worthy of love and distaste and annoyance and adoration and aThis is a great, big, glorious book about our great, big, glorious Minnesota State Fair. Worthy of love and distaste and annoyance and adoration and aggravation and extensive optimizing strategies and avoidance at all cost. Forward by dear beloved Garrison Keiller, Who I'm going to quote here: '5 reasons.. # 4 of which is: to eat food we've been warned against and build up fat for the winter, and # 5 is: to be in a crowd. No. 5 is the crucial motive (this is Garrison still). We live insular lives, working in cubicles, riding around in cars, hanging out with people a lot like ourselves, and the fair is where you get to see, at long last, who else lives in Minnesota other than you and your family. ... list of activities.. and where else can you do this in Minnesota? We're shy and introspective people, wary of strangers and skittish about body contact, and the State Fair is where you go to try to get over that." Ha! We beat Garrison! He says he took his daughter when she was 19 months, to make her officially a Minnesotan. We took ours when she was just 4 months! Two hours, got home, exhausted. Learning to be the one with the baby carriage in everyone's way, fascinating. Anyway, she's been there every year, and so should all the rest of you out there. Non-Minnesotan's welcome! Anyway, back to the book (I'm only on page x so far)- since it started in 1854, it's only been cancelled 5 times. 1862 and 1863 due to the Civil War and the Dakota Indian conflict (which is a whole 'nother story, lots to absorb about that and become better about), 1893 to participate in the World's Columbian exhibition in Chicago, 1945 to conserve fuel for World War II and 1946 due to the polio epidemic. This book is picture-rich, lots of photos and maps and posterrs and pass gate tickets throughout; with a great deal of informative text as well. Covers the extensive agricultural aspects - one of the main features of this state until not that long ago. "Minneapolis Moline Tractors and Farm Machinery - "BUILT TO DO THE WORK" " The past glories of the demolition derby, the speedtrack; and the everpresent entertainment, school marching bands, and animals of course, the midway, the games of chance and skill, and the vast exhibition options (which my daughter participated in last year as well) of everything from grown food to baked food to crafted items to arts to I-don't-know-what-else. Oh yes, the food convenience items and cooking demonstrations - can't forget those! And finally, speaking of food, some pictures and notes about long-standing food booths and sit-down places, those run by various religious organizations and those of all other kinds. This fine piece of literature ends with (what else?) recipes! Everything from Spampenadas (2004) and Grandstand Spam to Zangy Zucchini Squares, Cheese Crisps, Spiced Pecans, State Fair Orange Bread, Trailway Pumpkin Bread, Blueberry Tea Cake, Ceresota Scotch Scones, Ham and Cheese Puffs, Pear and Almond Bread, Lizzie's Cream Muffins, Easy Old-Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls, Corn Pudding with Chives, Onion Pie, Potato Cheese Scallop, Home Baked Beans, Spinach Au Gratin, Curried Chicken, Trout Sauteed with Bacon, Smothered Pheasant or Grouse, Sour Cream Lamb Stew, Venison Collops, Hungarian Goulash, Beef Brisket with Onion Sauce, Sweet and Sour Pork, Split Pea Soup, Classic Wild Rice Soup, Sunflower Cookies, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing, Zucchini Fudge Cake, and a personal favorite: Pineapple Upside Down Cake. And much, much more. The amount of art throughout is really wonderful. And, there's an index. Uff-da!...more
We caught this at a store around the time or soon after my daughter was learning about the Underground Railroad in school - so was excellent. The pictWe caught this at a store around the time or soon after my daughter was learning about the Underground Railroad in school - so was excellent. The pictures are awesome, and I believe this one has allusions to the African-American theme of flying out of safety. It's a poignant mix of powerful/powerlessness; fear and safety; grief and joy. Highly recommend....more