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When They See Us: a four part demonstration of what the US criminal (it is criminal) injustice system is

After long grueling hours of separate interrogation, the boys are put together & meet for the first time Friends and readers, Ava DuVernay has made another movie you must not miss — her others are Selma and 13th. Many people will know about...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 8 Jun 2019

August Wilson’s American Century Cycle

August Wilson writing Friends and readers, Over the course of the last nine to ten weeks I’ve read 8 out of the 10 plays August Wilson wrote in an endeavor to realize through poetic and realistic enough drama on the stage the African-American experience...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 5 May 2019

Britishness and Whiteness in Early Canadian Culture

Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy In the September 28, 2017 issue of the New York Review of Books, Fintan O’Toole explained Brexit as the consequence of a rebirth of English nationalism: “Brexit is a peaceful revolution but it is unmistakably a nationalist...
From: Borealia on 23 Oct 2017

Visiting Speaker, 8 Nov 2016: Emily Rohrbach on voice and dispossession in ‘gothic’ literatures

Emily Rohrbach (University of Manchester) will be presenting her paper, ‘Voice and Dispossession: A Comparative Poetics’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday, 8 November 2016. The talk will take place in the Cardiff University’s...
From: CRECS// on 31 Oct 2016

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

What happens to a dream deferred? … Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun? from Harlem, Langston Hughes Dear friends and readers, Last night I watched a YouTube of all of American Theater production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 29 Jul 2015

Capitol Fringe Festival: The Hello Girls by Ellouise Schoettler

Poster Image for the show Dear friends and readers, Last night I went to the first of five plays I mean to attend, just a small number of the many events sponsored by the Capitol Fringe Festival this summer. It was a one-woman story-telling play: The...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 11 Jul 2015

On Australian colonialist history, fictions & films, & worlds of emigration beyond

Murray Griffin (1903-2), The Stables Two Fires One, the summer fire outside: the trees meling, returning to their first red elements on all sides, cutting me off from escape or the saving lake I sat in the house, raised up between that shapeless raging...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 9 Jul 2015

Selma directed by Ava DuVernay

. Dear friends and readers, (Downton Abbey will have to wait.) This is to recommend going to see Selma and why. Selma is a powerful re-enactment of some central costs of protest against what the powerful in a society and their brutal henchman and the...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 12 Jan 2015

On-line in Cercles: My Review of Better Left Unsaid

Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois (1951 Kazan/Williams Streetcar Named Desire) Dear friends and readers, Another announcement of a publication. (Rest assured very soon this will stop and I will return to our regularly scheduled programming mostly about...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 21 Dec 2014

A Jamesian Delicate Balance & Brittle Real Thing

Tobias (John Lithgow) with his sister-in-law and occasional lover, Claire (A Delicate Balance) Henry (Ewan McGregor) with Annie (Maggie Gyllenhaal), at first his mistress and then his wife (The Real Thing) I am so much accustomed to be alone —...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 22 Nov 2014

Winterthur Museum: many houses, gardens, activities, schools

The actual day dress and hat worn by Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Lady Grantham in Downton Abbey Dear friends and readers, As my header and picture tell immediately, I have been to Winterthur Museum: this past Thursday afternoon and evening. I...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 9 Nov 2014

Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady is brought into effective life by Maggie Smith

Kevin Kline as Matthias Gold and Maggie Smith, Matilde Girard (no she is not his mother after all) in My Old Lady 2014) Have you ever listened to the steps of your mother walking around the whole house during the night     without...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 2 Nov 2014

Breaking Bad: A Handy List

Stylized drawing of Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul as elegant gangsters: they are anything but Dear friends and readers, When I began watching and then writing about Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad I did not intend to write seriously about it, but...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 26 Sep 2014

Magic in the Moonlight & It’s a Wonderful Life

Happiness is the state of being well deceived; the serene peaceful state of being a fool among knaves — Jonathan Swift, The Tale of a Tub, 1704, alluded to in Magic in the Moonlight, 2014 Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 28 Aug 2014

Adam’s Rib: a telling muddle

She (Amanda Bonner, Katherine Hepburn) drives him (Adam Bonner, Spencer Tracy) to work (Adam’s Rib, directed by George Cukor, scripted Ruth Gordon Dear friends and readers, This time I am half-a-century belated (Adam’s Rib was in moviehouses...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 23 Apr 2014

Breaking Bad: Season 2:1-4: It’s the reverse of what’s claimed

Dear friends and readers, [I'm having serious trouble making images appear. I have contacted WordPress; in the meantime I'll continue to write with few pictures.) I’ve now viewed the second season of Breaking Bad and will carry on as the series...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 18 Apr 2014

Michael Gorra’s Portrait of a Novel (The Portrait of a Lady)

We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art — Henry James Nicole Kidman as Isabel Archer Osmond (Portrait, scripted Laura Jones,...
From: Ellen And Jim Have A Blog, Two on 4 Apr 2014

Are We All Book Historians Now?

Tomorrow at the Library Company of Philadelphia, I’ll be participating in a special edition of the McNeil Center’s Friday seminar reflecting on five years of the Mellon Early American Literature and Material Texts Initiative.  The Initiative began...
From: The Junto on 6 Feb 2014

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

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I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.