Thursday, October 24, 2013

But you can find me, when the light is changing, at that time of day when there's little day remaining

For me, autumn is always a season of smoky nostalgia and lucid reckoning as well as new beginnings and optimism. This time around, I'm constantly verklempt, amazed at the richness, primarily the intense energy and brilliance and flat-out loveliness of my students, but also the way the past is resolving itself while I'm here in Iowa City.

Last week, Connie Brothers, who has been the heart and soul and prime mover of the Writers' Workshop for as long as anyone can remember (yet still looks exactly the same), appeared in my office doorway. "Who in your family cooks?" she asked. "We both do," I said. She handed me a big butternut squash from her garden with the warning that she couldn't vouch for it; "It might be a little wan."

Monday, October 21, 2013

Anime: Sakasama no Patema

Remember or Time of Eve, maybe ? Well Yasuhiro Yoshiura is back with a new series to be followed with a movie in November!

Sakasama no Patema is a world where opposites exist. Literally. Two races of people whose gravity are polar opposites. One lives like us, above the ground with the sky in its usual orientation (above our heads). The other lives, below ground, and instead of falling down, they fall "up".

Sunday, October 20, 2013


I know I watch a lot of TV. Well aware of some of my faults at least. Probably too much, but as I pay my TV licence, I feel that I should at least make the effort to be involved in something I've contributed to. It doesn't help that the weather is getting colder, the nights are drawing in, and it's becoming the time of year when all you want to do is snuggle in with a nice hot piece of pudding. It'salso currently hammering it down with rain. Thank goodness I was at home and watching the TV, and not out shopping (also saving my bank balance- double plus!) but my washing is still dry as I brought it in before the heavens opened. This is a particularly British trait, to be discussing the weather, but whilst I'm on the subject of Great British traditions such the weather, the Monarchy and the ability to believe that most things are solved with tea, I've got another one to talk about today, albeit a relatively new one.

I've been watching GBBO again- Great British Bake Off. For the uninitiated, its the best thing since sliced bread. Although I don't know what you do on a Tuesday night which is more entertaining! Actually, don't answer that. I'm not sure I want to know. GBBO is BBC2 prime time. In fact I don't know how it isn't BBC1 prime time. It's genius and for the following reasons:

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Japanese Films at the Leeds International Film Festival 2013 Part 1: Anime

The takes place from NOVEMBER 06TH TO THE 21ST and there is plenty of anime getting screened on theon SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH. There are so many Japanese live-action films that they will get a separate post. Here is the selection of anime titles on offer and these are just as great. Just click on the titles to get more information such as times and ticket prices:

11:00 A.M.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Activity Book for Romantic Gourmands

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