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Two notable events today, in the sense that both made me say "yes" enthusiastically: I've just started reading Guy Gavriel Kay's River of Stars, and the "yes!" came at the end of the third chapter, when I knew I was totally hooked by the story. I have always enjoyed his work and look forward to continuing with this one; he's someone I admire both for his remarkable story telling and for his wonderful writing style. The second "yes" occurred multiple times during our viewing of the film 42, the story of Jackie Robinson's entry into major league baseball as the first African-American player; a great story, and I thought the film was very well done--terrific performances all around. I look forward to seeing more work by Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie, who played Jackie and his wife Rachel. And while I've never been a big Harrison Ford fan, I thought he was excellent in this. Local actor T. R. Knight (formerly at the Guthrie Theater) was another delight.

I also recently read Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, which I recommend. And I gave up on David Shields's memoir, How Literature Saved My Life (I should have remembered that I really don't like most contemporary memoirs, but had read some positive comments about this one and was, admittedly, a sucker for the title since it describes how I feel about things most of the time). But you can't win them all.


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