All the Films of Studio Ghibli, Ranked

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From the New York Times. Some of my favourite movies from an incredible studio.

“When the New York Times’s chief film critics ranked the best movies of the century so far, many readers were surprised by the work at No. 2: Hayao Miyazaki’s animated “Spirited Away.” The rest of us wondered why it wasn’t No. 1.” I am one of the rest of us.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/movies/ranking-studio-ghibli-movies.html

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Sarah Manguso

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MangusoCheck out, Sarah Manguso.  Her website lists her books, and connects to lots of her articles.  Is what she does “prose poetry”? Probably.  But it doesn’t matter. It’s phenomenal. Tightly written short pieces.  Often autobiographical.  She has re-awoken my interest in prose poems.

Prose
300 Arguments (Graywolf, 2017)
Ongoingness: The End of a Diary (Graywolf, 2015)
The Guardians: An Elegy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012)
The Two Kinds of Decay (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008)
Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape (McSweeney’s Books, 2007)

Poetry
Siste Viator (Four Way Books, 2006)
The Captain Lands in Paradise (Alice James Books, 2002)

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Kaizen Aplied to Writing

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Sarah Manguso:

“The Japanese term kaizen translates literally to improvement, but it’s a term that has come to mean gradual, continuous improvement of a piece of collaborative work. It’s most commonly associated with manufacturing operations, but I think it has general application to almost everything, including writing. In companies that implement kaizen, workers look continuously for small improvements that can be implemented immediately. The philosophy was developed to adjust the work process from its traditional practices, back when making a new iteration of something was laborious and had to be done all at once.”

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Bright Phoebus RE-RELEASED

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There is no album closer to my heart than Bright Phoebus credited to Mike and Lal Waterson, (it involves their sister, Norma). It’s finally been properly released on CD by Domino Martin Carthy plays on every track alongside Richard Thompson who is on almost every song.  The deeply Yorkshire voices singing new material reaches right into the modern age.  If you have never heard The Watersons, it might take a moment to hear what is going, but give yourself a chance.

The Guardian Rerelease notice
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Getting a Little Closer (PhD Story)

One of those moments on the road to a PhD.  I need 5,000 words for my next review. I finished a sentence, typed the full stop, and looked at the bottom of the screen to see that the document has exactly 5,000 words.  Now these aren’t the same 5,000 words I need for the review, and I have to use many thousands more in the coming days.  It was just a moment. A small celebration.

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Josette Bushell-Mingo

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One of the great joys of my early days in professional theatre was a Blade Runner-esque version of Of Mice and Men with an extraordinary actress and an amazing person, and even though our paths have not crossed in many years, my thoughts have gone to her several times, and I finally looked her up to find that she is just as extraordinary these days.

This is her website and her Wikipedia page

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