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  1. LeeEsq says:

    I’m finishing Dance on the Volcano by Marie Vieux-Chauvet. Its a historical novel of late colonial Saint Domingue and the early Haitian Revolution told through the perspective of a young free woman of color named Minette. Minette is a talented actress but gets exploited by the other white actors and doesn’t get paid for her work. She falls in love with a handsome young free Black man but is scandalized when she learns he owns slaves and is really brutal with them. Its about her growing racial consciousness.Report

  2. Michael Cain says:

    I finished Simon Winchester’s The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. It’s about machine tools and precision measurements. From Watt’s steam engines, where the cylinders and pistons were machine-built with an accuracy around a tenth of an inch, to contemporary integrated circuits where the necessary “parts” are drawn accurate to single-digits worth of nanometers. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory that measures changes in the distance between two mirrors in small numbers of attometers (billionths of a nanometer) gets a mention, although you can’t build things at that scale since it’s way smaller than atoms.Report

  3. Kolohe says:

    We watched the Post last night. It wasn’t bad, because it had too many talented people in it to be bad. But it was definitely less than the sum of its parts.

    They did a great job of making the pervasive sexism of the time the main thru-line, with some striking visual storytelling in 2 or 3 scenes. Yet, I’d say the People v OJ Simpson did that theme better.

    It’s an odd case where a movie needs one more B or C plot (usually they need to jetison one or more) but this one needed it. Or at least, put more meat on the bones of Dan Ellsburg’s story (Hi Philip Jennings, now a genuine American sneaking secret stealer). Alternatively, more on Bradlee and his then wife, which is more than a little tragic. (And some fodder for conspiracy theories in its penumbra, if they wanted to go there)Report

  4. Oscar Gordon says:

    I wanted to see Upgrade this weekend, but nobody nearby was playing it.

    Last night I had to put the family dog to sleep (tumor on his spleen ruptured). Heartbroken about that. He was old, 11 1/2, and we knew he was feeling his age, but the tumor was unexpected.

    Not sure what is worse, putting my friend down, or explaining to a 6 year old that the dog isn’t coming home.Report