Song of the Week: “Moaning Lisa Smile” by Wolf Alice


This week’s song is “Moaning Lisa Smile” by the London band Wolf Alice from their debut album My Love Is Cool.  The sound is reminiscent of early 90s indie pop, but the video is straight out of the 80s.  Neither of which is a bad thing.  

The 44th Annual Christmas Revels


The Christmas Revels at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge are annual family tradition.  My first Revels experience was in Washington in 1996.  After moving to the Boston area, the Cambridge Revels were an annual event from 2001-2006.  We missed the show in 2007 due to a newborn, and in 2008 due to a blizzard, but have…

Movie Review: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)


Title: Bedknobs and Broomsticks Release Date: 1971 Director: Robert Stevenson Production Co: Walt Disney Productions Country: United States Language: English Genre: Adventure | Fantasy | Family | Musicals | Animation Rating:   ***1/2 Set in Second World War England, three children have been evacuated to the countryside (oddly to a town overlooking the Channel) to stay…

Song of the Week: “Turn It Up” by Factory Floor


The London-based “post-industrial” duo makes electronic noise you can dance to on the track “Turn It Up” from their eponymous debut album.  These instructions are easy to follow.     How are you getting your groove on this week?    

Book Review: Saturday by Ian MacEwan


Author: Ian MacEwan Title: Saturday Publication Info: Recorded Books (2005) ISBN: 1419332872 Books Read By Same Author: Atonement Summary/Review: MacEwan’s novel follows a seemingly ordinary day in the life of a London neurosurgeon as he goes about his tasks and ruminates analytically on his life and work.  It’s interesting how seemingly major things (like a car crash)…

Book Review: All Clear by Connie Willis


Author: Connie Willis Title: All Clear Publication Info: New York : Spectra, 2010. ISBN: 9780553807677 Previous Works By Same Author: Lincoln’s Dreams Doomsday Book Bellwether To Say Nothing of the Dog Passage Inside Job Blackout Summary/Review: As noted in my review of Blackout this book is less of a sequel and more of a direct continuation of one lengthy work about three…

Book Review: Blackout by Connie Willis


Author: Connie Willis Title: Blackout Publication Info: ISBN: 9780553803198 Previous Works By Same Author: Lincoln’s Dreams Doomsday Book Bellwether To Say Nothing of the Dog Passage Inside Job Summary/Review: Connie Willis is one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors and I particularly enjoy her take on time travel fiction in works such as Doomsday Book and To Say…

Book Review: Consequences by Penelope Lively


Author:Penelope Lively Title: Consequences Publication Info: ISBN:  9780670038565 Summary/Review: This novel begins when a woman from a wealthy family and a poor artist meet, fall in love, and marry with parental disapproval in 1930s London.  What follows is a narrative of three generations of women in the family today.  It’s a lyrical text that seems…

Book Review: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger


Author: Audrey Niffeneger Title: Her Fearful Symmetry Publication Info: New York : Scribner, 2009. ISBN: 9781439165393 Previously read by same author:  The Time Traveler’s Wife Summary/Review: As she used and refined elements of time travel mythology to create The Time Traveler’s Wife, Niffeneger uses the ghost story as a means of telling a human story…