I heard a fascinating piece on NPR about the controversy over the Pebble Mine in rural Alaska… another story about colossal economic development at the expense of preserving natural ecosystems, habitat and traditional native lifestyles. But this time the usual contestants in the political battle had seemingly switched sides. I did some more digging and got deeper and deeper into how this came about – join me as I Follow the Money.
We have been fortunate to have the Stony Brook University weekly Fall Film Series quickly follow their ambitious summer festival… the independent, foreign and select Hollywood films offered are an oasis in the relative cultural desert that is eastern Suffolk County. Most of what we’ve seen thus far (Page One: Inside the NY Times, Danish film In a Better World, A Better Life, Beginners, Sarah’s Key) have all been thirst quenching. But Terrence Malick’s ambitious indie film Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt did not stand up to the elements – I sharpened the axe and log splitter and now have plenty of firewood for the season.
The really exciting news of course is the Occupy Wall St. (OWS) movement. A loyal Opinion8ed2 fan wrote in recently chastising me for standing on the sidelines and not covering it and while Issue 21 was about to be published I decided she was right and I had to say something. We spent some time with the occupiers and my thoughts and photos are included in Laissez – Not Fair. As always your comments on this or any issue are welcome!
Following the debut of Opinion8ed2’s first Manhattan restaurant review in Issue 20, I was reminded of the blockbuster movie Julie and Julia. Julie, a social worker by day and blogger/writer/would-be chef by night set out to prepare every recipe in Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking and publish a daily blog of her experiences. I’m not nearly as ambitious but have similar aspirations to write so I thought I could probably handle a sporadic blog entitled, The Art of Eating so check out my review of Malaparte, our favorite West Village neighborhood northern Italian restaurant.
Buon Appetito, Ciao!