Grownup fiction, especially literary fiction, with child protagonists is a sub-genre of its own and rather difficult to write well. But, when it's done well, it can be riveting reading. It immerses us deeply in our own childhoods or brings out the inner child in us so that we experience all those old, submerged fears and joys all over again. Quite the experience.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRh_30C8l6Y [Full speech transcript] We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced. In the same way, when we were in Swat, the north of Pakistan, we realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns. Most people know of Malala Yousafzai by now. She was shot by the Taliban … Continue reading Marginalia: Malala Yousafzai’s Sweet Sixteen
Sometimes, the whole is not greater than the sum of the parts. Instead, the “whole” may even subtract from that “sum”. This movie was such an experience for me when I finally watched it on video this weekend. Bill Murray played a different note from his ever-expanding range -- one that earned him a Golden … Continue reading Movie Review: Hyde Park On the Hudson (2012)