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Back to school

While The Egg has spent almost six years (!) pondering all things trivial, my friend John McCoy dares to discuss books from your high school reading list in his new podcast Sophomore Lit.

sophomore-lit-art-2I know — you think this is above my pay grade.

Wait for it.

I am a guest on the third episode, where John and I discuss a favorite book of mine, The Great Gatsby.

I invite you to listen to the episode and others in the series.  You may learn something.  (I certainly did.)

And, yes, I did make a few* references to the movie versions of Gatsby.

* Okay. Quite a lot, actually.  As my mother would say, ‘you can’t escape your raising.’

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Scare tactics

I saw the movie Whiplash last night, and found it extremely compelling.

Are you planning to see it? Here are a few things you should know.

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  1. It’s not about jazz.  They play music, sure…but the selected songs — even the title track — are simply vehicles for the story.  The film could have just as easily taken place in the world of sports or the culinary arts.
  2. It is about abuse. The relationship between a music student and his no-holds-barred instructor — portrayed with gut-wrenching intensity by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons — is difficult to watch. Teller is attacked emotionally and physically at every level, and like a hostage in a kidnapping incident, has a twisted love/hate relationship with his captor that boggles the mind.
  3. It’s hard to watch. In the theater where I saw the film, there were several horror movie trailers that preceded the feature presentation.  I found that odd until I saw the film.  There are definite similarities.

 

The new phone book’s here!

During a class meeting today, I had reason to utter the words —

“I’m somebody!”

…which brought to mind the iconic scene from The Jerk starring Steve Martin.

When I mentioned the movie to my class, they stared at me unknowingly.  One student, trying to be helpful, said, “I’ve heard of Steve Martin.

That’s awesome.

So, for their education — and everyone’s viewing pleasure — I include the aforementioned clip here.

I hope you are inspired to watch The Jerk…

And learn your special purpose.

ImPressed

Back in June, I discussed Eric Devine’s young adult novel Press Play, which has since been published in October.

press playIt tells the story of a high school student who accidentally captures footage of the violent hazing practices of the lacrosse team while filming his documentary film project.

I was impressed by Devine’s idea to create a book trailer — like a movie trailer, but for his book — and display it at the local movie theatre in his home town of Waterford, New York.

A film features prominently in the book, and Devine is using the movies to promote it.

Devine’s book trailer was played multiple times before the films, inviting viewers to purchase Press Play at the mall bookstore where the cinema is located.

I think this is inspired.

Even better — Devine saw my blog post about his book trailer and was nice enough to share a link so we could all take a look:

Thanks Eric — and congrats again on the book and your brilliant marketing campaign!  Can’t wait to read it.

 

 

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Represent

I am a UK alum and adjunct faculty at Boston University.

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This is how I teach on game day.

Go Cats!

Beat the Terriers!!

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New Yorkers —

All over the city, Horse Heroes are taking to the streets to urge City Council Members to show compassion for our city’s abused carriage horses.

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Write to your City Council member at http://nyclass.org/citycouncil

Moon shadow

The supermoon appeared tonight.

It is responsible for the flood warnings here in Kentucky, so I can’t see it for the cloud cover.  But my friend Karen had more luck…

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Here is the supermoon over Michigan.

Do you think it looks 5-7 percent bigger than your average moon?

Compare and see! (Then let me know. I can’t see crap here.)