The Docket
This is a list of the books and movies I'm intending to check out or recently actually did, compiled from friends or appealing reviews and articles. I won't pretend to know why anyone might be curious about it, but it IS helpful to me in my everlasting search for new and interesting material. So, should you think you recognize my taste and feel so compelled, please recommend away to

BOOKS IN HAND AWAITING A READ...the chosen fruit of many a garage sale & thrift store
The Looking Glass War - John Le Carré
Single & Single - John Le Carré
The Arabian Nights - (various)
The Honorary Consul - Graham Greene
The Comedians - Graham Greene
Arabia Through The Looking Glass - Jonathan Raban
Ulysses - James Joyce
The Works of Plato - Plato
The Human Stain - Philip Roth
Half A Life - V. S. Naipaul
Magic Seeds - V. S. Naipaul
Wild Child - T. C. Boyle
Water Music - T. C. Boyle
When The Killing's Done - T. C. Boyle
The Winter Of Our Discontent - John Steinbeck
Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
The Poisonwood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
The Piano Tuner - Daniel Mason
Herzog - Saul Bellow
In One Person - John Irving
Stories of Five Decades - Hermann Hesse
Beneath The Wheel - Hermann Hesse
Nostromo - Joseph Conrad
My Antonia - Willa Cathers
Islands In The Stream - Ernest Hemingway
Sister Carrie - Theodore Dreiser

Autobiography of Mark Twain - Mark Twain - at NCRL
The Ghost Writer - Philip Roth - not at NCRL
In Search Of Lost Time/Remembrance of Time Past - Marcel Proust - at NCRL
Thérèse Raquin - Emile Zola
The Wretched of the Earth - Frantz Fanon

Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
The two-term senator relates how he got into comedy, then dabbled in the political world, then tried to figure out how to make the jump from one to the other and be taken seriously. And then there were Republicans to deal with, and it's really hard not to make fun of folks who both take themselves so seriously yet consistently contradict themselves.
Revolution for Dummies - Bassem Youssef
The true and brief story of how a heart surgeon got caught up in Egypt's version of The Arab Spring, becae an instrumental and satirical voice via a comedy talk show until the military dictator surprisingly fell. Then, when an fundamental Islamist rises to take his place (first under the guise of democracy), he, too, falls and is replaced by another military dictator. From there, things got hurriedly dicey for this Egyptian version of The Daily Show and Mr. Youssef found himself less one country.
A Visit From the Goon Squad - Jennifer Egan
A piecing together of various figures around a recording studio, all of whose lives intersect over the course of decades and generally moving in reverse as the book progresses. A interesting-enough, contemporary book, but it's difficult to understand how it won a Pulitzer Prize.
Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
One of the classic tales of pulp fiction, this tome tells the story of a boy who comes to life just as his parents are marooned on an unknown corner of West Africa following a mutiny. Mom and Pop are shortly gone and it turns out that the boy, through strange events, comes to be raised by a local tribe of apes. Over the course of years, he finds out how he is both different and superior in some ways to his "kinsmen", but ultimately he's afforded the opportunity to return to civilization. This is certainly a magnificent, idealized tale... that's racist as hell, frankly. But if one excuses that large misstep so in tune with its times, it's also an undeniable patch of the tapestry that is our cultural literacy.
Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) - David Sedaris
By revealing tidbits from the diary he's kept almost his entire life, one can see how Mr. Sedaris both developed his hilarious voice and how his powers of observation have a long history.
Olive Kitteridge - Elizabeth Strout
The Bedwetter - Sarah Silverman

Baenken/The Bench - dir. Per Fly (Denmark) - NOT at SPL; NCRL purchase declined
Douchebag - dir. Drake Doremus -unrated - NOT at SPL; NOT at NRCL
The Light Between Oceans - dir. Derek Cianfrance
The Salesman - dir. Asghar Farhadi - Iran
The Big Sick - dir. Michael Showalter
The Florida Project - dir. Sean Baker
The Death of Stalin - dir. Armando Iannucci
Jerry Before Seinfeld - dir. Michael Bonfiglio
T2 Trainspotting - dir. Danny Boyle
The Meyerowitz Stories (New & Selected) - dir. Noah Baumbach
rewatch The Jerk - dir. Carl Reiner
rewatch Trainspotting - dir. Danny Boyle
rewatch Mulholland Drive - dir. David Lynch
rewatch Reservoir Dogs - dir. Quentin Tarantino
rewatch A Clockwork Orange - dir. Stanley Kubrick
Snowpiercer - dir. Joon-ho Bong on YouTube10AmazonVideo7
I Called Him Morgan - dir. Kasper Collin on YouTube4AmazonVideo3
No - dir. Pablo LarraĆ­n -R, at SPL on YouTube3AmazonVideo3
Very Semi Serious - dir. Leah Wolchok on YouTube4AmazonVideo4
The Tree Of Wooden Clogs - dir. Ermanno Olmi on AmazonVideo3
The Holy Mountain - dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky on AmazonVideo4
Little Fish - dir. Rowan Woods -R (Oz) on AmazonVideo3

***+ Election - dir. Alexander Payne
Almost a perfect comedy, really, as a high school teacher watches his career unravel when he sticks his nose into the student elections being held in his school. Matthew Broderick is the teacher, and Reese Witherspoon has the role of her life as the perky and indomitable Tracy Flick.
rewatch To Die For - dir. Gus Van Sant

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