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Movies: "American Hustle"

Movies: "American Hustle"

With its clever script, terrific cast and 1970s vibe, here’s a movie to put a spring in your step and a song in your heart (maybe by America or Steely Dan), even if it is all about corruption.

“Some of this really happened,” we are told at the start of the movie, which is loosely based on the Abscam scandal of 1978, even though the characters portrayed here are fictitious.  With his elaborate comb-over and bulging paunch, it’s hard to recognize Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, a small-time New York con artist, who makes his living with a chain of dry cleaners and by selling fake or stolen art work and making empty loan payments to desperate losers at five-thou a pop.

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I'm on the judging committee!

I'm on the judging committee!

I've been invited to be part of the 2014 Maine Readers' Choice Award Selection Committee!

Here's the skinny:

The Maine Readers’ Choice Award, officially established in 2013 by the Maine State Library and the Maine Library Association, recognizes the best in adult  fiction published in the United States the previous year.  The aim of this award is to increase awareness and reading of literary fiction.  The Maine Readers’ Choice Award honors books that exhibit exceptional writing and a compelling story that encourages reading and conversation among individuals and in Maine’s communities.

131 books are under consideration for the 2014 Award.  Want to know which ones?  Wonder no more!

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Movies: "Dallas Buyers Club"

Movies: "Dallas Buyers Club"

 

In his earlier film career, Matthew McConaughey seemed lazy and laid-back, letting his well-toned body do most of the acting for him.   But with this year’s “Mud” and now “Dallas Buyers Club,” he is putting all he’s got into his craft, even dropping almost 40 pounds to play the whippet-thin AIDS patient Ron Woodroof.