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A Monster Calls

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Stories are the wildest things of all, the monster rumbled. Stories chase and bite and hunt.”

Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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A 13-year-old boy named Conor is awakened from a recurrent nightmare. As he pushes aside the feelings of dread that always accompany his dreams, he hears a voice calling out to him from the darkness. Calling him by name.

Shakespeare on Film

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“These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits and are melted into air, into thin air: and, like the baseless fabric of this vision, the cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples, the great globe itself, ye all which it inherit, shall dissolve and, like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind.”
- William Shakespeare, The Tempest

The Hollow Crown

Leonard Cohen: In Memoriam

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There's a lover in the story
But the story's still the same
There's a lullaby for suffering
And a paradox to blame
But it's written in the scriptures
And it's not some idle claim
You want it darker
We kill the flame.

- Leonard Cohen, “You Want it Darker”

Guy Maddin’s Forbidden Room

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"No more talking. Just breathing."

Deep beneath the surface of the ocean, the beleaguered inhabitants of a submarine are running out of options. Abandoned by their captain, their supply of oxygen dwindling, they do what any of us would do: they eat flapjacks, assuming that the pockets of air will prolong their lives. Thus begins Guy Maddin’s latest film, The Forbidden Room.

Light in August

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William Faulkner’s deeply poetic and idiomatic prose style brings to life characters that feel as substantial as people you’ve known and loved. Ta-Nehisi Coates, in an insightful piece written for The Atlantic, argues that “Faulkner does not so much give a faithful rendition of the South, as he takes the language, the diction and vocab of his region, twists, contorts, pulls, and stretches it in a kind of homage.

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