Sunday Morning! “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Riot Baby”

Rufus F.

Rufus is a likeable curmudgeon. He has a PhD in History, sang for a decade in a punk band, and recently moved to NYC after nearly two decades in Canada. He wrote the book "The Paris Bureau" from Dio Press (2021).

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  1. Saul Degraw says:

    I watched I’m Thinking of Ending Things Last Night on Netflix and thought it was decent but not as amazing as everyone else made it out to be. The cinematic devices used to reveal the spoiler/twist ending were neat but I always had a vague feeling of “I guess this is alright” through out the movie. Some critics I respect a lot stated that they were moved by somethings and laughed out loud at others that just felt meh to me.

    One of things I’ve noticed about myself over the past few years is that I know find it easier to read non-fiction than fiction and I dislike this. Maybe during the holidays, I will take up fiction again with old favorites and some new ones. But all my book completion over the past year has been in history especially cultural/social history of the ancient past. I’m not sure if this is pandemic related, work-related, or both.Report

    • LeeEsq in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Based on the synopsis, it doesn’t seem like much of a plot twist for the type of story it is. The novelty comes from the surreal elements used to tell the story.Report

    • Rufus F. in reply to Saul Degraw says:

      Yeah, I’ve been hearing from ordinary people that it’s a little meh. I’ll probably it at some point.

      I sort of went the other way- in my 30s, I never read fiction, or hardly ever. Probably work related- I read lots of history. Now, fiction is about 80 percent of what I read, and I wish I read more poetry.Report

  2. Slade the Leveller says:

    Walter Mosly has a loosely related collection of stories called Futureland, in which portrays black people, sometimes in prison, in the near future. It’s pretty bleak reading, as you might imagine.Report