Donna Tartt’s (and Carel Fabritius’) “The Goldfinch”: a Review

“Well, it’s not as if we’re running a hospital for sick children down here.” –James “Hobie” Hobart in “The Goldfinch.” Ahhh, but repair — spiritual repair — is exactly what is being practiced by the exceptionally kind, decent supporting character named “Hobie” in Donna Tartt’s sprawling “The Goldfinch.” It’s just that Hobie ministers to only...
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Book Review: “Educated,” by Tara Westover

Who’ll Play the Lead in the Movie? The most memorable excerpt from Tara Westover’s harrowing memoir of growing up, off-the-grid, in rural Idaho isn’t from the book. It appears in The New York Times’ book review: “Educated” is, among other things, a catalog of job-site horrors: fingers lost, legs gashed, bodies horribly burned. No pointy-headed bureaucrat could...
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Quentin Tarantino For Wimps

Quick!  Who What Does an Executioner Execute?** If you like Quentin Tarantino’s movies but not all the Tarantino-esque violence and gore, I’ve got an alternative:  read the screenplay instead. That’s an option for Tarantino’s latest movie, “The Hateful Eight,” because the movie was adapted from Tarantino’s earlier screenplay. At least on the page, you can...
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“Lost in America,” Wall Street version: We’re the Schmucks

Refunds at the Casino, Courtesy of Taxpayers [Editor’s Note:  Gary Marshall, who passed away yesterday at the age of 81, was best-known for creating such mega-hits as “Mork and Mindy” and “Happy Days” (TV), and for directing films like “Pretty Woman” and “The Princess Diaries.”  But, my favorite Gary Marshall role was as a supporting...
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“Let My People Go . . . to the Movies!”**

A Little Passover Irony, or “Wait a Second!  Isn’t ‘Exodus’ Associated with Getting OUT??” I’ve made my peace with paying close to $10 for a movie ticket. However, $4 for a smallish candy bar or a box of M&M’s is another thing. So — full confession — we Kaplan’s have been known to smuggle a...
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Going on a “Nantucket Sleighride”

Review:  “Humpback Whales” at the Science Museum’s Omni Theater It turns out that a “Nantucket sleighride” has nothing to with Christmas, snow, or even winter. It’s what 19th century whalers called what happened immediately after they harpooned a whale — as in, they “got taken on a Nantucket sleighride” (grim but true). The term also...
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