Sita Sings the Blues is a flash of genius that paints the story of Ramayana with 1920s early jazz. Artist Nina Paley intercuts a modern American break-up story with Hindu mythology and brings them to life in an unusual blend of animation styles. Bold, brilliant, and weirdly charming.
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John of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste by Carl Wilson:
Celine Dion’s music has millions of fans worldwide – so why do music critics hate it? One of those critics, Carl Wilson, set out to explore this disdain by examining Dion’s work from practically every imaginable musical and socio-cultural angle. What eventually emerges is a treatise on the very notion of “good taste,” delving into the ways in which we assign value to art can often be shaped by our unconscious prejudices. Let’s Talk About Love is likely to make you reexamine your own ideas about good and bad music.
For more than twenty years, Jim Woodring’s elegantly wordless “Frank” comics have immersed readers in a dreamlike, richly allegorical milieu which is equal parts unsettling and whimsical. 2010’s Weathercraft is Woodring’s first long-form work and possibly his best-realized. It follows one character’s ascension from total debasement into a kind of unexpected nobility.
Are you committed to living a greener life, reducing your carbon footprint and making a healthy impact on the planet? If so, check out David Wann’s book, The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. Implementing his ideas requires rejecting the current status quo and embracing challenging alternatives.
The intellectual gamesmanship of modern detective tales can be traced to many of the stories featured in Great Classic Mysteries. Twelve iconic investigations will immerse you in intrigue and test your powers of deduction. Excellent performances by audio all-stars including Simon Vance and Simon Prebble make this collection one not to miss.