The purpose of art is to delight us; certain men and women (no smarter than you or I) whose art can delight us have been given dispensation from going out and fetching water and carrying wood. It's no more elaborate than that. — David Mamet

by William Wallace Cook

A delightful conceit of this 1903 time travel tale is that the year 2000 is populated by an entire colony of refugees from 1900, all of them hack novelists who leapt ahead to get the scoop on the future, and who are now stranded there. Hack writing at its finest, by the author of Plotto.

by Alexander Jones

A century ago, Greek sponge divers found an ancient wreck that held a cargo of statuary, luxury good, and the corroded, smashed remains of a bronze gizmo with lots gears off the coast of Antikythera. This contraption, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, has confounded historians of science ever since. Now, after lots of study and the advent of modern radiography, we know what it was.

The Antikythera Mechanism was a complex gearbox that demonstrated, with considerable accuracy, how the solar system works. It’s geocentric, and that makes things hard, but the ingenious inventors of this machine were up to the challenge. The machine’s instructions were engraved in brass on its covers, and much of those instructions survive. It had lots of dials and pointers, did a nice job of predicting eclipses, and even had a pointer to keep track of the Olympic Games.

This has been a proverbial mystery for ages. Now that we know what it is, we even have sources (including Cicero!) that describe similar machines. There can’t ever have been many of these, but it’s terrific that one survived.

by Steve Leveen

A pleasant little book by the founder of Levengers, the estimable mail-order company. Leveen, who founded a company that sells tools for readers, is not himself as much of a reader as he wants to be, and he’s anxious about that.

The bulk of the book is a proposal to create a library of books you might want to read someday, alongside your library of books that you’ve already read. Planning your reading is, of course, a theme to which I return often; my own haphazard journey from title to title seems undisciplined and arbitrary. A good list of prospects makes sense, and the advent of ebook readers means that you can carry those shelves of books to read eventually with you all the time.

Leveen is a big fan of audiobooks, and to me he’s preaching to the converted.

What’s missing here is systematics: how might we think about shaping a month’s reading, or a year’s, rather than focusing exclusively on what you will read next. Surprisingly little has been written about this important and perplexing question.

Breakfast involved a long and very productive discussion of the State Of Hypertext, possible futures, and the Hypertext Automata book. Also the problem of the capture of so much social media by Nazis on the one hand and various intelligence agencies, criminal gangs, and corporate boiler-rooms on the other. Many of the social scientists at the ACM Hypertext Conference are inclined to assume, for example, that each post represents the genuine opinion of a distinct individual; we now know this not true, but we haven’t figured out what to do about it.

My next paper may be titled The Ten Thousand Lies of Twitter and Facebook. We’ll see.

I pointed out to the conference that a blood libel had been openly posted on Wikipedia and had remained untouched there for many hours. It lasted more than 100 hours, outlasted the conference, and in fact I wound up deleting it myself. It's been hours since I wrote them, and Wikipedia's Oversight still hasn't responded.

The passage in question accused a specific Jewish person — a man who was murdered by an criminal mob early in the 20th century — of having “consumed a gentile child. Whether this sort of act is acceptable,” the poster continued, “has been a point of contention for millenia[sic] and will likely continue to be so. It is still as absurd as on day one of the propoganda[sic] effort that jewery[sic] in some dimension imagined they could convince the goyim that raping and strangling their children was something that ought to be abided[sic]. The ADL's founders had the rare moment of hebrew[sic] introspection and grasped that maybe this attitude wasn't ‘good optics.’”

This, friends, is the medieval blood libel — the myth that Jews sacrifice gentile children and drink their blood to celebrate Jewish holidays. As a matter of historical fact, it was originally leveled against Christians (See Pliny the Younger’s Letters X.96), and the Christians later turned it around when they found it convenient to kill a lot of medieval Jews. I’m sorry to say that this old story is new again; perhaps the old hobby is also about to be revived.

People do this on Wikipedia to encourage their friends to do it on Wikipedia, Facebook, *chan, street graffiti, and everywhere else. It’s meant to scare Jews and everyone else this mob dislikes, to persuade them to keep quiet and dissuade them from voting. Wikipedia enjoys the eyeballs and the extra volunteers; presently, it will piously say that a volunteer eventually corrected the problem, and that proves its system works. It does work very well if what you want to do is to normalize hate speech, libel, and blackmail in order to get a few extra eyeballs.

Someone ought to prosecute Wikimedia Foundation principals for abetting hate speech. My prediction: nothing will be done until someone gets killed.

If I were a trustee, I’d certainly want to be absolutely sure that the foundation has an errors and omissions policy sufficient to cover my family’s net worth, along with the net worth of all the other trustees. Given the foundation’s assets and the great wealth of many trustees, that’s a hell of a big policy, but I don’t think a court in, say, Germany is going to let a bunch of billionaires get away with paying a tiny bit of blood money.

The Národny galerie v Praze is really good. It’s housed in a magnificent High Modern trade show and exposition building, one that’s in remarkably good shape considering that it was used as an intake center for Theresienstadt and then spent fifty years as the home of modern art for a country whose government didn't have a whole lot of use for modernism.

Malostranská Beseda
Chudy Kraj, The Poor Country, 1900

The Mucha Museum, on the other hand, is rather sparse, and either the Mucha prints I’ve seen have exaggerated the colors badly or these examples have seen too much light. Some very interesting sketches and drafts, but not many; surely, a guy with so much influence left more behind. On the other hand, the angry girl in the Lottery poster is worth the (excessive) price of admission.

Malostranská Beseda

There was yet another art museum in the day, an excellent riverside beer, a good deal of walking and gallery-peering.

Malostranská Beseda

Then a dinner of excellent braised duck leg at Malostranská Beseda. Czech ducks are huge, even by the standards of D’Artagnan moulards; I’d have expected American ducks to be oversized, but man, I was not sorry to have stuck to ¼ duck even though it was really superbly done. I also want to note that pretty much everything comes with cabbage, which as a rule I dislike, but which is consistently tasty here.

After that, back to U malého Glena for an evening of blues in a basement club that seats 32 with overflow into the bar. In other words, even smaller than Kingston Mines of my youth. Pretty much the same music, well done, even if the front man did introduce one piece as “old-time Chicago jazz from way back in the 1960s.”

Festival Of Hypertext Automata

With the generous support of ACM SIGWEB, I’ve spent a good deal of recent weeks surveying mechanisms and algorithms that tell stories. Not only are many of these intriguing views into hypertext, they also provide a wonderful path to understanding the ways that critical theory interacts with literary machines.

Jul 17 3 2017

U malého Glena

It’s been a while since I did much travel blogging. Thanks, Gamergate! In the meantime, I think travel blogging has stopped being a thing people do. It was a good idea then; let’s power up the machine and take it for a spin.

U malého Glena

I’m in Prague. Earlier this year, I had an idea for a research project that SIGWEB generously supported for Hypertext ’17. I’m giving a big set piece on Narrative Automata — machines that tell stories. These range from role-playing games to AI research projects to tricks that helped Hollywood screenwriters unstick their stuck plots. We don’t know a whole lot about how to tell great stories in media where the user is active – and, since 1956 or so, we’ve known that the media where the user is active is, basically, everything. I figured that automata might be one place to look for lessons, and nobody else seemed up for the job just at the moment.

So here I am, with (thanks, Rosemary Simpson) a 30-page bibliography including almost 80 automata and a whole lot of theory.

The trams are excellent. I was mostly awake on arrival, despite a long flight with lots of no sleep, so I bought my ticket and took the tram. Big win. Except…

Trams stops have eccentric names. I expected this was like Paris, where Metro stops are named for great French victories and for statesmen I’ve long forgotten if I ever knew them because, like, why not? But Prague isn’t like that. Not only do they have a tram stop “unpronounceable with surprising diacritics,” they have another trams stop also named “unpronounceable with surprising diacritics” that means “we’re getting pretty close the the place you had in mind, but we’re not there yet!” Naturally, I learned this the hard way, in the noonday sun, with luggage.

I’m essentially illiterate. When reading signs, I look for English first, Russian second. If you know how bad my Russian is, you’ll understand how lost I am around Czech.

The beer really is really good. Beer #1 was Pilsener Urquell (naturally), which in its native habitat actually tastes like what an American beer wants to be when it grows up. But at the place I stopped, no one else was drinking Pilsener Urquell. Beer #2 was a Bernard black-and-tan, which I think might be called a řezané and which is very good indeed. (This is a light lager mixed with a dark lager, and it’s almost as chewy as stout.

U malého Glena

This was U malého Glena, which was a lovely respite from lots of hot and thirsty walking. For most of the early rush, they had one barmaid (left) handling about 27 diners and drinkers – almost each of which was drinking beer, with taps about as finicky as you ever see in the US. There was also some drama involving a writer at the bar who looked a lot like David Mamet, but unless David Mamet knows a lot of Czech, not him. Here, she’s getting the next shift caught up.

Speaking of surprising diacritics, the Guláš at U malého Glena is fine, too. Hotter than I’d have thought, but that’s a good thing. I was skeptical about the dumplings, but on further review they were exactly like the illustration in The Czech Cookbook, so what do I know.

by Allegra Goodman

Collin, who grew up in Cambridge and dropped out of art school, is waiting tables at Grendel’s Den. At one of his tables sits Nina, who grew up in a better part of Cambridge and who is now doing her best to teach high school English Literature. Collin draws a fast portrait of Nina on his dup pad. They fall in love. It turns out that Nina’s father and uncle run an immensely successful game studio that can always use a great new artist.

Aidan is nominally in Nina’s class, but he spends all his time playing the wonderful new beta of EverWhen, called UnderWorld. In EverWhen, he’s a powerful water elf and he doesn’t have to memorize Emily Dickinson. His twin sister Dianna wishes people would stop looking at her all the time, and also misses her brother. Their Mom, a nurse, thinks it’s basically an addiction. And then there’s the mysterious Daphne, the secret EverWhen marketing guru who is infinitely lovable and who recruits teenage boys to graffiti their school with the tag CU, alluding to the launch slogan: UnderWorld: See You In Hell.

Goodman, whose Intuition is the best description I know of what research is actually like, captures the dream of gaming perfectly here, the sense that there’s a second world where things matter differently.

She was a Tree Elf named Riyah. He was a Water Elf, Tildor. They came from different realms, but for the past three nights they’d qwested, traded and killed together. They had hunted basilisks, slain dragons, and retrieved two diamonds, which Riyah carried in the bag hanging at her waist. She was an amazing marksman, and beautiful, even for an Elf, her eyes huge, her body supple. Her breasts swayed as she ran, her quiver bouncing behind her.

All this gets interrupted when his mother demands, “Do you know what time it is? Do you even know what day it is? Aidan? Look at me when I’m talking to you!” This is a fascinating book about representation, and also a ton of fun.

by Amor Towles

A beautifully-wrought story about some Manhattan girls, out on the town at the end of the Depression. Katey Kontent (!) and her roommate pick up a wealthy young stranger in a second-rate nightclub. He falls for Katy, ends up dating both girls, and then drives into a messy accident that makes their romance impossible. Naturally, that’s far from the end of the story. Katey turns out to be more resourceful than we knew. The book has a wonderful sense of place, with a nice knack for how new the past always seemed. Seeing Carrie Clapboard, a young beauty at a track with her tycoon fiancée, Katey receives some friendly advice from an older woman. “I were your age, I wouldn’t be trying to figure out how to get into Carrie’s shoes — I’d be trying to figure out how to get into Jake’s.”

by John Buchan

A collection of club stories by the author of Greenmantle and The 39 Steps. Lots of familiar material in Buchan is familiar because he wrote it first and then everyone re-used the story material; even when you know where things are headed, these genial stories are good fun.

I read them because I want to understand framing stories. You’d think that frames would make stories less exciting; for example, you know that Marlow survives his adventure in the Heart Of Darkness because here he is, on the deck of a yawl becalmed in the Thames, spinning yarns for the Director and the corporate Attorney. Yet Conrad’s story certainly moves. So do Sherlock Holmes’s Adventures, and they’re pretty thoroughly framed as well.

Buchan has a knack for letting the characters who told previous stories offer remarks and advice to those who come later. Again, that’s a trick you wouldn’t expect to work. It does.

Published in 1928, this is also a memoir of the very last moment when London could view itself as the absolute center of the modern world, a place where the good fellows at the club were only resting from labors that might include leading a regiment, spending years behind enemy lines, negotiating a treaty, writing a new edition of Quintillian, or becoming a revolutionary Muslim prophet.

I’m working on a big set piece about Narrative Automata for ACM Hypertext next month in Prague. In practice, I’m writing a small book about narrativist games, storytelling entertainments, hyperdrama, and recent hypertext narratives.

I’ve got a few queries for my colleagues.

  • Is there any academic review or survey of narrativist games?
  • Has any critic other than Emily Short looked at Iain Pears’ Arcadia as a hypertext, or with an awareness of the history of electronic literature?
  • Same question for Joanna Walsh’s Seed, with the further question of whether Seed should be read as a response to Arcadia?
  • If you’re interested in narrativist games, what games would you want to find in the bibliography?

Travel and food tips for Prague are also most welcome! Want to meet up? Email me.

Here’s the abstract:

Festival of Narrative Automata


Hypertext research has been deeply interested a narrative, and literary hypertext fiction has enjoyed a long and happy relationship to this conference. The literature of Critical Theory, on the other hand, is famously opaque, and our Balkanized technical literature on new media storytelling has grown provincial.

Daring yet accessible experiments in non-sequential interactive narrative have appeared in unexpected places – in theaters, in experimental novels, and especially in narrativist role-playing games. These narrative automata exhibit considerable sophistication in the frame of simple models of computation. Much of this work is a lot of fun while demonstrating remarkable theoretical depth. In contrast to the cheery hero journeys through depopulated landscapes that long dominated computer games, this work is notably dark, emotionally complex, and introspective.

Jun 17 9 2017

SummerFest 2017

The summer festival of artisanal software is under way. Lots of great professional software for writers and thinkers, all at terrific (but sustainable) prices and all 25% off.

I’ve already stocked up on Take Control books.

SummerFest 2017

by Rachel Ferguson

An impressive experiment that approaches magic realism, in 1936, written with style and sympathy. Vere and James Buchan are twins. They have an older sister who, they quickly learn, is not as bright as they; in time, they appreciate that there’s something wrong but don’t know what. Their mother, a widow, is unhappy and unreliable; their grandmother is clearly a monster, but that doesn’t really explain anything. Something very bad happened in grandmother’s house in Lowndes Square, long ago; now it’s 1916 and Vere, a modern girl, is determined to find out.

A lot of this is very well done. Vere and her twin brother are immensely engaging. Vere gives us buckets of exposition, but they're so sweet and true we don’t mind. And then there’s the element of Fantastika, the bits of magic realism that float through Vere’s London.

Rachel Ferguson would eventually become a reclusive and bitter conservative, and here already you can see the seeds. Vere likes the theater and she likes actors, and we wind up with a big set piece deploring the state of the stage generally and the decline of musical comedy specifically from its late Victorian heights. This novel was published in 1936; in the years immediately before, New York saw the first run of Porgy and Bess (Gershwin), Anything Goes (Cole Porter), Face The Music (Irving Berlin), Ziegfield Follies (Josephine Baker), and Jumbo (Rogers and Hart). Harburg and Arlen wrote “It’s Only A Paper Moon” and much else. In London, Rise and Shine had Fred Astaire, Noel Coward’s Tonight at 8:30 was at the Phoenix, Ivor Novello would open in Careless Rapture. The theater is always in trouble, but if this era makes you go all James Forsythe, the problem isn’t on stage.

But that’s just a cloud on the horizon; Ferguson is largely forgotten—I found this through a review in TLS premised on her having been forgotten—but Very and James are exquisite.

by Christopher Butler

A skeptical but intelligent survey of postmodern thought. Butler assumes that postmodernism is over and concludes that, overall, it lost its argument with liberal realism while teaching important lessons about gender, identity, and power. He is, interesting, quite sympathetic to postmodern literature while clearly well out of sympathy with much postmodern art; I’d have liked a bit more discussion of architecture and (especially) cinema, where Louis Menand’s article on Pauline Kael seems very much at odds with Butler’s emphasis on politics rather than anti-formalism.


The Mass. Dems had their convention this weekend. Ed Markey told us again that “Democrats don’t agonize, they organize.” This was always untrue, but this year it’s preposterous.

Hint to Democrats: when you’ve got an audience of 5000, committed and active and almost all of whom have paid good money and gotten elected in order to be delegates, respect them enough to tell them something new, fresh, and important. And no doubt it’s a dandy thing to represent Worcester, but really, once is enough.

Jun 17 1 2017

The Big Sleep

by Raymond Chandler

This is one of the great mysteries of the 20th century, and perhaps one of the most enigmatic. A dying old man, a former general who made money in oil and who had daughters far too late, believes he is being blackmailed. His elder daughter is working on her third divorce, and the general rather liked son-in-law #3, a rakish mobster whose thorough unsuitability rather appealed to the general’s humor. A plot-driven adventure that, characteristically for Chandler, pays remarkably little attention to the details of plot; everyone cares deeply what’s going on right now and they behave as if everything makes sense, and we go right along. A brilliant portrait of the America that bred Trump.

The Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life

A pleasant little book by the founder of Levengers, the estimable mail-order company. Leveen, who founded a company that sells tools for readers, is not himself as much of a reader as he wants to be, and he’s anxious about that.

The bulk of the book is a proposal to create a library of books you might want to read someday, alongside your library of books that you’ve already read. Planning your reading is, of course, a theme to which I return often; my own haphazard journey from title to title seems undisciplined and arbitrary. A good list of prospects makes sense, and the advent of ebook readers means that you can carry those shelves of books to read eventually with you all the time.

Leveen is a big fan of audiobooks, and to me he’s preaching to the converted.

What’s missing here is systematics: how might we think about shaping a month’s reading, or a year’s, rather than focusing exclusively on what you will read next. Surprisingly little has been written about this important and perplexing question.

Mark Bernstein: The Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life
July 13, 2017

The Little Guide To Your Well-Read Life

A pleasant little book by the founder of Levengers, the estimable mail-order company. Leveen, who founded a company that sells tools for readers, is not himself as much of a reader as he wants to be, and he’s anxious about that.

The bulk of the book is a proposal to create a library of books you might want to read someday, alongside your library of books that you’ve already read. Planning your reading is, of course, a theme to which I return often; my own haphazard journey from title to title seems undisciplined and arbitrary. A good list of prospects makes sense, and the advent of ebook readers means that you can carry those shelves of books to read eventually with you all the time.

Leveen is a big fan of audiobooks, and to me he’s preaching to the converted.

What’s missing here is systematics: how might we think about shaping a month’s reading, or a year’s, rather than focusing exclusively on what you will read next. Surprisingly little has been written about this important and perplexing question.

Books Bought (Last 45 Days): Recent additions to my reading stack, including review copies, loans, gifts.

Upcoming Talks

Hypertext 2017
Hypertext 2017. Critical Theory for Fun! July 4-7, 2017. Prague, Czech Republic.
Future of Text
Future of Text. September 11-12, 2017. Southampton, UK.

All dates subject to change. Want to arrange a talk? Contact Eastgate . A list of some previous talks is here.

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Also Relevant





Em Short, Getting Started with Hypertext Narrative, April 2016

Alex Strick van Linschoten and Matt Trevithick, Sources and Methods (podcast), October 2014

James Fallows, “How You’ll Get Organized”, The Atlantic (July/August 2014)

Judy Malloy, "The History of Hypertext Literature Authoring and Beyond"

Claus Atzenbeck, "Hypertext Research", ACM SIGWeb Newsletter (Summer, 2008) (pdf)

Lawrie Hunter, "No Reason not to link", Information Design Journal + Document Design 13:3, pp. 229-237 (2005)

Jakob Klein, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (24 July 2005)

Linton Weeks, Washington Post (on eBooks; paywall)

D. C. Dennison, Boston Globe (on Eastgate)

Jim Whitehead, The Cyberspace Report 

F. L. Carr, English Matters

Joe Lambert, Digital Diner

Jennifer Ley, Riding The Meridian

Susana Pajares Tosca, Hipertulia

Roberto Simanowski, Dichtung-Digital


(hide museums) One precept of the Tinderbox Way is to write it down. So, here's a rough list of the museums I've visited recently.


  1. CaixaForum Madrid (William Blake)
  2. El Museo de arte Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
  3. Museo Sorolla, Madrid
  4. Indian Museum, Kolkata
  5. Marble Palace, Kolkata
  6. Tagore House, Kolkata
  7. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  8. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  9. Art Institute of Chicago
  10. Hamburger Kunsthalle


  1. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  2. Hull House, Chicago
  3. Red Dot Design Center, Essen
  4. Ruhr Museum Complex Zollverein, Essen
  5. Chocolate Museum, Köln
  6. Römisch-Germanische Museum, Köln
  7. Ludwig Museum, Köln
  8. K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
  9. DAF Museum, Eindhoven
  10. Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven
  11. Art Institute of Chicago
  12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  13. Smart Gallery, University of Chicago


  1. Tenement Museum, New York
  2. Art Institute of Chicago
  3. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  4. Museo, Teotihuacan
  5. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  6. Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
  7. Courtauld Gallery, London
  8. British Museum, London


  1. Chicago Historical Museum
  2. Courtauld Institute Gallery, London
  3. National Gallery, London
  4. Tate Britain, London
  5. Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
  6. Dr. Johnson House, London
  7. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  8. Seattle Science Center
  9. Art Institute of Chicago
  10. The Field Museum, Chicago


  1. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  2. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  3. Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland
  4. Clark Institute, Williamstown
  5. Art Institute of Chicago
  6. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


  1. Art Institute of Chicago
  2. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago
  3. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  4. Opera House, Manaus, Brazil
  5. Emilio Goeldi Museum and Zoological Gardens, Belém, Brazil
  6. Casa das Onze Janelas, Belém, Brazil
  7. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  8. Clark Institute, Williamstown
  9. Mass. MOCA, North Adams
  10. Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
  11. Urbis, Manchester, England
  12. John Ryland's Library, Manchester, England
  13. Manchester Gallery, Manchester, England
  14. Lowry Museum, Manchester, England
  15. Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, England
  16. Museum of Asian Art, San Francisco
  17. DeYoung Museum, San Francisco


  1. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  2. The Getty Center, Los Angeles
  3. The Huntington Library, Pasadena
  4. Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena
  5. City Gallery, Wellington NZ
  6. Te Papa Tangarewa, Wellington NZ
  7. Christchurch Art Gallery, Chistchurch NZ
  8. Art Institute, Chicago
  9. Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  10. House of Seven Gables, Salem
  11. Ogunquit Museum of Art, Ogunquit Maine
  12. Ny Carlsberg Glypotek, Copenhagen
  13. Thorvaldsen Museum, Copenhagen
  14. Museum of Our National Heritage, Lexington
  15. The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  16. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney


  1. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  2. Peabody-Essex Museum, Salem
  3. Art Institute of Chicago
  4. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  5. DeCordova Museum, Boston
  6. Museum of Our National Heritage, Concord
  7. Ogunquit Museum of Art, Ogunquit Maine
  8. Alte Pinakothek, Munich
  9. Neue Pinakothek, Munich
  10. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  11. Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
  12. The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  13. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  14. NGV Austalia, Melbourne
  15. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
  16. Dahesh Museum of Art, New York
  17. Musée d'Orsay, Paris
  18. Musée Marmottan, Paris
  19. Fogg Museum, Cambridge
  20. SF MOMA
  21. DeYoung Museum, San Francisco
  22. Rhode Island School of Design
  23. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium


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The Hobbit:Battle of Five Armies, Under The Skin, Longmire (season 3). Longmire (season 2), Switched At Birth (season 3), Longmire (season 1), Liberal Arts, Palo Alto, The Spectacular Now, Short Term 12, Young and Beautiful, House of Cards (season 2), Tomorrow When The War Began, Switched at Birth (season 3), The Americans (season 1), Veronica Mars (movie), How I Live Now, Rocky, Short Term 12, Divergent, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Downton Abbey (season 4), House of Cards (BBC), Skyfall, Girls (season 1), Sherlock (season 3), American Hustle, Elysium, Wolf of Wall Street

Roman Holiday, Much Ado About Nothing (2013), . Richard II (2013), Catching Fire. The Hunger Games, World War Z, House of Cards (season 1), Switched at Birth (season 2), Tell No One, Hunger Games, End Of Watch, Switched At Birth (season 1) Cabin In The Woods, Annika Bengtzon Downton Abbey (season 3) Downton Abbey (season 2) Downton Abbey (season 1) Before Midnight, Deceptive Practice, Woman In The Fifth An Officer and a Gentleman, Margin Call, Top Gun, Wallander (season 3), Wallander (season 2), Wallander (season 1), Top Chef (season 9), Les Miserables,

The Hobbit, Any Given Sunday, Lincoln, Headhunters (Norway 2012), Flight, Top Chef (season 4), Arbitrage, Goodbye, First Love, Two Days In New York. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, We Need To Talk About Kevin, On Broadway, The Long Goodbye, Men In Black 3, Prometheus, Me and Orson Welles, Born to be Wild. The High and The Mighty, Georgia, St. Elmo’s Fire, Brick, Carnage, The Avengers, Panic, When Nietzsche Wept, Mystic Pizza, The Hunger Games (again), The Nasty Girl, The Hunger Games, Fish Tank, Morning Glory, Welcome to the Rileys, Winter’s Bone, Trust, Downton Abbey (season 2) Margin Call, Moneyball, Downton Abbey (season 1), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2012), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Tiny Furniture

Let Me In. Tin Tin. Company, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Manhattan, Twelve, The Lion In Winter (2003), The Paper Chase, High Art, Up In The Air, Coraline, People I Know, You Only Live Twice, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, Howards End, Sherlock (season 1), The Business Of Strangers, The Hunt For Red October, When Will I Be Loved, True Grit, The Two Towers, Terribly Happy. The Kids Are All Right, Easy A, Notorious

Kinky Boots, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1, The Big Sleep, Julie/Julia, The Secret of Kells, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, Hard Eight, Croupier, Wonder Boys, The Godfather, The Girl Who Played With Fire, Nobel Son. An Education, Comedian, The Blind Side, Moon, Paris The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Once, Dollhouse (season 1), The American President, Knowing, Julia, Gosford Park, Avatar

Up, Two Days In Paris, Sherlock Holmes (2009), The Animatrix, The Girlfriend Experience, When Will I Be Loved, In Harm’s Way, Any Given Sunday, The Cake Eaters, The Impostors, The Devil Wears Prada, Every Little Step, The Hours, The Class, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, District 9, Julie & Julia, Bottle Shock. Harry Potter and the Half Breed Prince, In The Heat Of The Night, Quantum of Solace, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country For Old Men, I Have Loved You So Long, Star Trek, Doubt, Mamma Mia, Rachel Getting Married, Synecdoche, New York , Lakeview Terrace, Battlestar Galactica (season 5), Changeling, Fargo. The Lady Eve, Off The Map, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,

Let The Right One In, The Air I Breathe, Transsiberian, Before The Devil Knows Your Dead, Kiki’s Delivery Service, In The Valley of Elah, The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!, To Live, Hustle(season 1-4), Lost In Translation, Blues Brothers. Water Lilies, Very Bad Things, Hotel Rwanda, Michael Clayton, In Bruges. Batman: The Dark Knight, My Man Godfrey, Starting Out in the Evening, The Outsider, Wall-E, Ratatouille, The Company, Juno, Two Days in Paris, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I'm Not There, Kill Bill 2, Rome (season 2), Prairie Home Companion, The Two Towers, The Fellowship of the Ring, Inland Empire

(hide 2007) Flag Of Our Fathers, The Golden Compass, I Am Legend, No Reservations, Battlestar Galactica: Razor, In America, Don Giovanni (Sellars), History Boys, Rome (saeson 1), Red Dawn, Nausicaa in the Valley of the Wind, Sunshine, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Have His Carcasse, Three Times, A Scanner Darkly, A Room With A View, Gaudy Night, Nobody Knows, Strong Poison, Veronica Mars (season 3), Miss Potter, House of Flying Daggers, Battlestar Galactica (season 3), Children of Men, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Things Change, My Neighbor Totoro, The Last King of Scotland, Match Point, Spanglish, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise

(hide 2006)

The Queen,

Veronica Mars (season 2),

The Fellowship of the Ring,

Ripley's Game,

Hard Candy,

Battlestar Galactica (season 2.5),

The Sisters,

Art School Confidential,

The Big Red One,

Before Sunset,

The Swimming Pool,

Mullholland Drive.

The Interpreter,

Great Expectations,

Night Watch,

Battlestar Galactica (season 2).

Veronica Mars,

Miami Vice,


Pride and Prejudice (2005),

Battlestar Galactica (season 1),

California Split,


Miami Vice (season 2),

Battlestar Galactica (miniseries),

The Da Vinci Code,

The Long Goodbye,


Oliver Twist (Polansky),

The Return Of The King,

The Two Towers,

Six Degrees of Separation,

The Fellowship of the Ring.


The Squid and the Whale,

Good Night and Good Luck,

Angel (Season 5),


The Third Man,

Buffy (Season 7),



(hide 2005) The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Palindromes, Me and You and Everyone We Know, My Summer of Love, In The Realms of the Unreal: The Mystery of Henry Darger, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Magdalene Sisters, The Merchant of Venice (2004), Short Cuts, Closer, Collateral, Proof, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Firefly (season 1), Serenity, Primer, Pretty Baby, Babylon 5 (season 4), Miami Vice (season 1). Buffy (season 6), Revenge of the Sith, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, In Good Company, Sin City, The Dish, Bright Young Things, Oleanna, Friday Night Lights When Will I Be Loved, King Arthur, Avalon (2001), Upstairs Downstairs season 1, Spartan, The Kid Stays In The Picture

(hide 2004) Whale Rider, Bend It Like Beckham, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Gosford Park, Auto Focus, Babylon 5 season 3, Lost In Translation, Russian Ark, 24 (first season), Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (Season 5), Lovely and Amazing, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, House of Sand and Fog, Wonder Boys, Perfect Blue, The Bourne Identity, The Lion In Winter (2003), Laurel Canyon, Angels In America: Millenium Approaches, Before Sunrise, The Company, Japanese Story, The Cooler, Angels In America: Perestroika, I Capture the Castle, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, The Terminal, Sideways,

(hide 2003) The Year of Living Dangerously , Picnic at Hanging Rock, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (Season 2), Adaptation, The Apartment, Smoke Signals , Network , Midnight Cowboy , Damn the Defiant! , Vampire Hunter D, Fucking Åmål, Babylon 5: Season 1, Mystic Pizza, Buffy, season 3, Swimming Pool, Seabiscuit, Chasing Amy, Fight Club, L.A. Confidential, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thirteen, The Red Violin , Mystic River A Mighty Wind, Moulin Rouge Master and Commander Band of Brothers K-19: The Widowmaker, Hard Eight The Return of the King Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (season 4) Finding Nemo The Lady Eve

(hide 2002) Shadow of the Vampire, Brotherhood of the Wolf, Monster's Ball, Gosford Park, For The Love of the Game, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Big Chill, The Virgin Suicides,, Still More Tales of the City, Spiderman, Attack of the Clones, Hearts of Darkness, Insomnia , The Sum Of All Fears, Minority Report, The Others, Heist. Italian For Beginners, The Others, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Mulholland Drive, A Beautiful Mind, The Importance of Being Earnest, Possession, High Art, Manhattan, Spirited Away, Pulp Fiction, Metropolis (2001), Suddenly Last Summer, Skinwalkers, Buffy, The Vampire Slayer (Season 1), Men in Black II, Wag The Dog, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Two Towers

(hide 2001) You Can Count on Me, Any Given Sunday, Dune (2000), Blair Witch Project, Anywhere but Here, High Fidelity, Sleepers, 2001: A Space Odyssey, If These Walls Could Talk 2, Men in Black, State and Main, Gladiator, The Patriot, The Untouchables, Thirteen Days, The Year of Living Dangerously, Traffic, The House of Mirth, Anna and the King, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Tillsammans, Memento, Bartelby, Brokedown Palace, Wonder Boys, Dancer in the Dark, Cape Fear, The Remains of the Day, Wolf, An Officer and a Gentleman, AI, Anniversary Party, Ghandi, The Score, State and Main, Delivering Simon, Chocolat, Finding Forrester, Ghost World, Sunshine, Apocalypse Now, Conspiracy, The Deep End, Waking Life, The Man Who Wasn't There, Croupier (again), Legally Blonde, To Have and Have Not, The Spanish Prisoner, Planet of the Apes (2001), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Remember The Titans, Ocean's Eleven, The Fellowship of the Ring

(hide 2000) Croupier, The Cell, Almost Famous, Dark City, Pushing Tin, Rear Window, Girl on the Bridge, Nurse Betty, The Ice Storm , High Art,Rules of Engagement, Rushmore, Six Degrees of Separation, Notting Hill, U-571, Billy Elliot, The Sixth Day, Some Like It Hot


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“Get Excited And Make Things” by Matt Jones.

A Year Ago


A strange, suspenseful, but also lyrical story about the sophisticated and successful men who loved Molly, an extraordinary woman whose London funeral opens the story. Terrific and rare portraits of real people – a newspaperman and a composer – doing real work, bookended by plenty of incident. The best of McEwan.