Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)

I had never heard of Trevor Noah until he took over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart.  (I’m not well-versed in the comedy world, so he was probably way better known than I realized.)  I don’t watch much TV, but I did watch some of his standup comedy on YouTube.  He’s funny, of course.  But … Continue reading Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)

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Turn Right at Machu Picchu (Mark Adams)

Turn Right at Machu Picchu was recommended to me by a friend, for unique reasons.  Mainly, because I sing in an Anglican choir.  Which, I know, doesn’t seem like something even remotely related to Peru.  And it wouldn’t be…except I sing with a grandson of Hiram Bingham III, the explorer who “discovered” Machu Picchu.  (And … Continue reading Turn Right at Machu Picchu (Mark Adams)

Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey (ed. Karen Wilkin)

Even if you’ve never heard of Edward Gorey, you’ve probably seen his work without realizing it. Recognize this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4502MXkb-Dc The crosshatching, the black-and-white palette with only splashes of color, the distinctive styling of the human figures, and the macabre subject matter are all classic Gorey. A TV show intro, however, is not typical. Gorey worked … Continue reading Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey (ed. Karen Wilkin)