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About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

Notes on “Olive Kitteredge”, and Yankee New England

Fenster writes: Olive Kitteredge is a one-off HBO mini-series, four installments and over and done.  No fuss no bothuh, about which moah below. It is adapted from the book of the same name by Elizabeth Strout which I have not … Continue reading

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Monologue o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: Not quite a monologue.  Harold Pinter gives Patricia Hodge a few short lines in the midst of Ben Kingsley’s grilling in Betrayal.  Starts around 2’25” but the lead in worth seeing for context.

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Reflection of the Day

Fenster writes: Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn reflect on My Dinner with Andre. Both of you have said that the characters in My Dinner With Andre are not, in fact, you. But how much of you is in those characters? AG: … Continue reading

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Monologue o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: Another week, another monologue. Jack Lemmon from Altman’s Short Cuts.

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Right-thinking New Urbanism

Fenster quotes: Coming from a mainstream conservative source, such writing (on New Urbanism) has been as scarce as hen’s teeth. For close to two decades, conservative pundits like Wendall Cox, Randal O’Toole, and Joel Kotkin have relentlessly bashed this trend. … Continue reading

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Monologue o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: Another monologue, another film adapted from a play–Jules Feiffer’s Little Murders. Like last week’s, another long-winded treatment of a father, though Lou Jacobi is decidedly less mannered than Christopher Walken.

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Monologue o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: It is said film is all about the action and given the current state of the box office who could argue? Still, a nice turn of phrase in film can be appealing.  Good dialogue is not all that … Continue reading

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