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Heliopolis

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 20 November 2011

Heliopolis (2009)(Novel)  by James Scudamore (Amnesia Clinic (2007))    Heliopolis, firstly, is not a science fiction or fantasy novel; in fact, the novel is named after one of the favelas in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and is the story of one young paulistano‘s adventures through contemporary Sao Paolo’s exotic cuisine, dense pollution, denser traffic, and extremes of urban poverty and wealth in his search for identity.  Scudamore has a deft touch for sensory description, be it food or environment, that is a pleasure to read.  Yet Heliopolis, his second novel, and long-listed for the 2009 Booker Prize, seems wanting: though the characters are interesting, their relationships are inadequatelydeveloped and the plot seems shallow and too “neatly” treated. (PR)

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Synecdoche, New York

Posted by the editors on Monday, 7 March 2011

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Synecdoche, New York (2008) (DVD), directed by Charlie Kaufman with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Emily Watson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dianne Wiest and others. The screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s (Being John Malkovich (1999), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)) directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York has received wildly contrasting reviews, from one of the worst films of the year, incomprehensible, and pretentious to one of the best films of the year, a great film, awe-inspiring, even one of the 100 greatest films of all time, though most all agree that it is terribly sad, even depressing.  One could describe it as Being John Malkovich, without Malkovich and without the fun, and with, instead, a heavy dose of near-psychotic self-observation, depression and very good ensemble acting.  For a little vocabulary brush-up, here is the Wiktionary definition of synecdoche. If you like Jung, theatre, delusion, death and decay, not to mention mise-en-abyme (how apt!), Synecdoche, New York could be just your cup of tea.  In any case, it’s worth watching, for the experience, and to more fully understand how something can provoke such disparate reactions, providing, of course, that you’re not feeling too down. (PR)

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Lost iPhone Affair – Apple’s Heavy-Handed Reactions

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 5 May 2010

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David Carr has written an interesting article entitled “A Lost iPhone Shows Apple’s Churlish Side” in the Media & Advertising section of The New York Times, looking at Apple’s, and Steve Jobs’, heavy-handed treatment of the “leaked iPhone” affair, their inconsistent AppStore acceptance policy, and other aspects of Apple’s public relations and other policies.  Innovative, attractive, paranoid and “churlish” (“rude, surly and ungracious” according to everyone’s favorite Wiktionary).  Apple? or Jobs, himself?  Can one separate the two?
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