Arts & Culture

Movies: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

Movies: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"

 

Think of the very best high school coming-of-age movies: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “16 Candles,” “Dazed and Confused,” maybe “10 Things I Hate about You.”

 

Although it has its moments, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is not one of them.

 

Directed by Stephen Chbosky, who also wrote the popular novel of the same name, “Wallflower” tries to cram every possible youthful experience into the first year in high school of a kid named Charlie (Logan Lerman, who played the kid in “3:10 to Yuma”).  First love, first acid trip, first heartbreak, you name it.

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

Just when you thought I'm a one-trick pony

I'm not just thrifty about books.  Frugality is in nearly every part of my life.

The most interesting thing about frugality is that it invites, even forces creativity.  Recently Goodwill Industries of Northern New England invited me to guest blog about my adventures with "repurposing" yarn (I'm a very avid knitter) and the happy results!

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Angels - not nearly as angelic as you might think

Angels - not nearly as angelic as you might think

I recently read YET ANOTHER book set largely in Manhattan (BTW, an encouraging shout-out to everyone dealing with the aftermath of Sandy!). 

Forget about vampires or zombies,  meet some sexy, scary angels in Danielle Trussoni's Angelology.

Trussoni's angels aren't "angelic" - at all.  And their off-spring, the "Nephilim," are narcissistic supernatural beings, looking to dominate the world.  Thrilling, subtly erotic, mysterious, with the suggestion that these superhuman beings walk, cloaked, among us.  It's fun in a frightening kind of way. 

A spooky, sort of Halloween way, even.

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Writing happens mostly when I'm not writing

Writing happens mostly when I'm not writing

Some say "life is what happens when you're busy making other plans."  Agatha Christie said that "the best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes."

I do most of the idea planning of my writing when I'm nowhere near a computer.  More likely I'm folding laundry.

Even though I've been a bit quiet on the blogosphere lately, there's a lot in the hopper, cooking away.

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MWPA Hosts November Writing Workshops

The Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance (MWPA) has launched a new series of Saturday writing workshops in November.

Dark Tales, November

 Dark Tales, November

Prolong the spooky season with Dark Tales, a vaudeville comedy show for the entire family.
Lewiston, ME—On November 2nd, L/A Arts is proud to host Dark Tales, a spooky vaudeville comedy show that the entire family is sure to love. Filled with ghosts, skeletons and other ghouls Dark Tales will be performed at the Lewiston Middle School  Auditorium, 75 Central Ave at 7:30PM. Tickets to this event are a ghoulish good price of $10 for Adults and $8 for  Children 14 and under!
It’s the Day of the Dead so raise your spirits and don’t miss the final performance of Dark Tales for the year! Dark Tales is comedy! Dark Tales is magic! Dark Tales is an autumn vaudeville!
Dark Tales is a treat with many tricks, from laughter to awe, dance to slapstick, and, of course, untold chills and thrills. This amazing production will make you giggle, laugh, wonder, scream, and check under your bed at night.