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Rufus F.

Rufus is an American curmudgeon in Canada. He has a PhD in History, sings in a garage rock band, and does many things. He is the author of the forthcoming book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (early 2021).

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  1. Avatar Aaron David

    I know I pimp for it at every chance I get, but if you haven’t seen it, check out the Dekalog by Krzysztof Kieślowski. Taking place in a Polish apartment building in the early eighties, it takes as its starting point the ten commandments, but due to excellent direction and acting transends them. And, fortunatly, ends with more levity than it starts with.

    Anyway, the other night I watched one of my favorite Canadian movies again. It is one of those “I can only watch this every 25 or so years” movies, as it is so emotionally draining. I first came across it at Blockbuster in the mid ’90s. At the time they always had dozens of Stripper Dramas, which would get passed by with out comment. But out of the corner of my eye I noticed that it got two thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert, so I figured what the heck. It turned out to be one of the best movies I have ever seen. Exotica, by Atom Egoyan. It is currently streaming on Netflix for free. Watch it.Report

  2. Avatar PD Shaw

    I just finished a Robert Aickman short story collection, Compulsary Games. He wrote about 48 of what he called strange stories, a genre-adverse posture, and this NY Review of Books publication collects 15 of them which are not available in other collections. As such, they are mostly at a second tier to other collections, which themselves only returned to print a little over five years ago. These stories have no moral and no clarity (the prose is clear, what happened frequently isn’t).Report

  3. Avatar Slade the Leveller

    I’ve made my way through 2/3 of Jeff Vandermeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. I’m really loving the moody prose. It’s kind of like if John le Carre wrote psychological horror.Report

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