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May Huang
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Its sound is my sound. I can't bear to part with it.
An Equal Music by Vikram Seth My rating: 4 of 5 stars When violinist Michael Holme's past lover reenters his life unexpectedly in Vikram Seth's An Equal Music , he suddenly finds himself dealing with both the struggles of quartet life and the unrest of his ...
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Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
I grew up watching Star Wars—on the clunky TV at home, on Dad's laptop, in the campus library using giant LaserDiscs. We moved once, traded our stout little television set for a sleeker one, and continued watching Star Wars. In 2005, I had my first galactic...
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Rebellions Are Built On Hope
Around this time last year, I watched The Force Awakens . It is fitting, then, that the first film I watched upon returning to Hong Kong was Rogue One . The prequel to A New Hope , the film tells the story of how the Rebel Alliance procured the death star p...
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So much of life was the peeling away of illusions.
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas My rating: 4 of 5 stars It was National Read A Book Day on September 6th, and I pretty much devoured Matthew Thomas's We Are Not Ourselves . I've had a problem all summer where finding time/energy to read has been dif...
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Look for the bare necessities
I finally watched The Jungle Book (on the plane, of all places). It only took a
minute of Mowgli darting through the jungle for me to start kicking myself for
not watching the film in 3D—the animation and cinematography are stunning.                        ...
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Life is jazz-shaped
Jazz Poems by Kevin Young My rating: 5 of 5 stars After spending such a long time being obsessed with jazz music, I guess it was only a matter of time before I also started reading jazz poetry. I keep telling my students (I'm currently teaching spoken word ...
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The whole world was this symphony, and there was not enough of her to listen
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers My rating: 4 of 5 stars Carson McCullers's The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is a tragedy told through the lives of five main characters who are ultimately unable to overcome the condition that afflicts them all, ...
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John Updike!
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