A Bedtime Story With Idris Elba: Critical Linking, September 17, 2017

Sponsored by The Darkness Within by Lisa Stone.


I’d like Idris to read to me every night please

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The National Book Foundation has announced the 2017 National Book Award longlist for Young People’s Literature. The five finalists will be named on October 4, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 15.

This list is incredible. If you’re looking for good reads this fall, here are 10. 

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Ernest Hemingway’s historic home on Key West, its employees and its famous 54 cats are all safe after Hurricane Irma passed through the Florida Keys early Sunday morning, the home’s executive director told MSNBC.

Dave Gonzales of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum told the network’s Ali Velshi that the house weathered the storm with little damage and that all its six- and seven-toed cats are OK. However, the employees are without electricity, water or internet service. Fortunately, they stocked up on plenty of water and food, and they have three generators working.

Some good news post-Irma.

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In a less patient, more conventional film, these would just be glimpses. Ex Libris, however, is 197 minutes long; Wiseman loves to let his sequences go on and on. But he also knows better than anybody just how long he can keep us engaged, and as a simple viewing experience, Ex Libris is spellbinding. Wiseman makes us feel like we’re there, watching full thoughts expressed at the casual pace of real life. All the trimming and nipping and tucking the director does — and he does do quite a bit — is largely invisible. I don’t know how long these aforementioned sequences go on; if you told me it was twenty or thirty minutes, I’d believe you, though in reality they’re probably closer to ten or maybe even five. That sort of disorientation is central to the director’s work. He wants us to lose ourselves a little bit in this movie. A library, for Wiseman, seems to contain the whole world. What better place to be cast adrift?

I would watch close to 200 minutes of film about the New York Public Library and think this will be worth tracking down to see. New Yorkers, go!

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Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former librarian and a blogger at STACKED. Her latest book is HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD, a YA anthology of essays, art, interviews, and more about feminism. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.