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book review: Under the Lights & in the Dark, by Gwendolyn Oxenham. I thought I’d like it, but I loved it. I recommend this compelling, inspiring (but not pollyannaish) collection of stories not just to soccer fans, or women’s soccer fans, but to anyone. fantastic. 📚

Next was a title that’s been on my list since the 2011 Tournament of Books, where it got to the semis. This opening round review is a good one.

book review: Next, by James Hynes: really enjoyed this. I think I would have even if I weren’t so familiar with much of the setting (a bright, hot day in downtown & south Austin), but that was a bonus for sure. (and what a final act!) 📚

“And I’m not in favor of the “nice sandwich” approach to criticism. Fuck the nice sandwich. Fuck the false balance of “impartial” journalism. I just didn’t like it and it didn’t move me.”

holy cats, a barnburner of a judgment indeed. GOD I love the ToB.

we decided to watch all the Best Picture nominees before the Oscars tomorrow, & with the The Post last night, we did it! (MoviePass ftw.) no award predictions but my favorites were Get Out, Shape of Water, & Lady Bird.

book review: The Book of Joan, by Lidia Yuknavitch. a literary sci-fi apocalypse story with interesting ideas and moving scenes, undercut for me by some suspension-of-disbelief breaking aspects & a few gory moments 📚

this is hilarious, down to the sponsors: a limited series (with short episodes) Onion parody of true-crime podcasts like S-Town: A Very Fatal Murder. (just two episodes there but they’re all published on iTunes, et al)

movie review: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – we were so excited when we first saw this trailer, then so disappointed to see the critics’ reviews. finally watched it tonight, and it was a lot of fun! (weird to see Littlefinger as a good guy, though) 🎬

if you already have a Roku, Apple TV, internet TV, whatever, this is ancient news. but: this Roku LEGIT improved our lives, 35(+?)%

summer of Miyazaki #15 (& last): The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013) – Ghibli, not by Miyazaki, but such a beautiful film. a favorite

summer of Miyazaki #14: The Wind Rises (2013) – another we hadn’t seen. good, if slow. without knowing the history, somewhat over our heads

summer of Miyazaki #13: From Up On Poppy Hill (2011) – we hadn’t seen this one before; it was interesting. a well-done romantic melodrama

summer of Miyazaki #12: Secret World of Arrietty (2010) – book adaptation, like Howl’s; good story & characters in another interesting world

summer of Miyazaki #11: Ponyo (2008) – Little Mermaid adaptation some fun moments, but it’s too simple, even juvenile, to be a favorite

summer of Miyazaki #10: Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) – one of our favorites, with all the great characters, magic, & themes you’d want

summer of Miyazaki #9: The Cat Returns (2002) – a stretch since he didn’t write or direct, but a favorite years ago; still really cute & fun

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