Our March began pretty snowy this year. Here’s to hoping Spring will come soon!
Cate – Youth Services
Sleepwalk With Me – Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, and James Rebhorn, Carol Kane NEW DVD: SLEEPWALK WITH ME
An up-and-coming standup comedian begins to experience intense and often hilarious sleepwalking incidents cause by the anxiety of his stalled career, sister’s impending wedding and uncertainty about the future of his current girlfriend. Based on the real-life experiences of Mike Birbiglia (director, star and writer) and his NPR This American Life special by the same name, this movie is as Time Magazine describes as “Woody Allenesque” is both insightful and funny.
Melissa – Reference
Rebecca – By: Daphne du Maurier – FICTION: DU MAURIER
“Rebecca” is a gothic classic that seems to permeate the boundaries of time and diction. Rebecca is the late wife of Max de Winter, yet remains ever present to his new wife, who is never even given a name. The struggle to overcome Rebecca’s legacy is a situation any new wife would dread. But this book opens with an awful situation that morphs into something far more dreadful.
My favorite elements of this book and the writing are the characters and theme of interpretation. The characters are so well-developed and complex, particularly that of Max de Winter. What will stay with me from this story is the power of misinterpretation of even that of an uncomfortable silence.
H. P. Lovecraft’s Book of the Supernatural – By Stephen Jones, et. al. – N_AUD: CD LOVECRAFT’S BOOK…
H. P. Lovecraft has compiled some of the most popular works of the horror genre, and has written introductions to each, noting the most powerful elements of the tale as well as the strengths of the author. It was insightful to hear Lovecraft, notorious for his own horror writing, give his views on other writers.
While I was familiar with many of the stories, some I was not and found a few I truly enjoyed, including “Markheim” by Robert Louis Stevenson and “Who Knows” by Guy de Maupassant.
Matt – Circulation
Getz/Gilberto – By: Stan Getz, João Gilberto, featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim – CD 781.65 Getz
This is one of my favorite jazz albums fusing jazz with samba and bossa nova into a smooth and breezy sound. Stan Getz brings his knack for smooth, memorable phrasing and mastery of the tenor saxophone with the sweet samba of Gilberto’s guitar and vocals with Jobim on piano. Its an excellent record to just put on and listen to with each song complimenting the next and these three masterful musicians making beautiful sounds together to make an excellent blend of styles.
The Columbia Years: ’62-’68 – By: Thelonious Monk – CD 781.65
Thelonious Monk is one of the most important figures in the jazz scene, if not one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Emerging from the Be Bop movement as an eccentric genius, Monk was someone whose level of talent was so astronomical that his ideas about compositions and style were hard for other musicians and fans to grasp. His genius shines through on original recordings like “Nutty”, “Blue Monk”, “Epistrophy” as well as standards like “April In Paris”, “Honeysuckle Rose”, and “Bright Mississippi”. A great compilation of Monk’s mid-to-late career.
Check back next month for more picks!