Entries by Jay Ruud

Contest Question for October 15

Today is the birthday of P.G. Wodehouse, famous for writing nearly 100 volumes of comic fiction. Wodehouse is best known for his novels featuring Bertie Wooster and his butler Jeeves. But does anyone out there know Wodehouse’s other best-known series of comic novels? Trivia bragging rights for the day if you can name the country […]

Movie Review: The Judge by David Dobkin

As of the writing of this column (Saturday, October 11, after having seen The Judge at our local theater), the Rotten Tomatoes rating of this film was at 47%. In contrast, the percentage of viewers who liked the film was listed as 77%. That kind of discrepancy is remarkable, and my first thought is, why […]

Contest Question for October 8

DON’T START WITH ME: What famous English novel begins with this paragraph? It is a trite but true observation, that examples work more forcibly on the mind than precepts: and if this be just in what is odious and blameable, it is more strongly so in what is amiable and praiseworthy. Here emulation most effectually […]

Movie Review: Gone With The Wind by Victor Fleming

This week, Cinemark and Turner Classic Movies began showing the classic film Gone With the Wind on the big screen across the country, in commemoration of the film’s 75th anniversary. The movie premiered in Loew’s Grand Theater in Atlanta on December 15, 1939, and went on to become the top grossing film in history—a title […]

Contest Question for October 1

On this date in 1857, the first installment of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary was published. It offended the government of the French Second Empire so much that Flaubert was brought to trial on obscenity charges in January of 1857. He was acquitted, but later that same year, another famous literary text was brought to trial in France, and […]

Movie Review: A Walk among the Tombstones by Scott Frank

I’ve never been a big fan of the MPAA rating system, which will give a film an R rating, for instance, because of foul language but turn a blind eye toward gun violence because, of course, the language is going to have a more profound negative effect on teenagers in the audience than showing someone […]

Contest Question for September 24

DON’T START WITH ME: What famous novel (by what author) begins this way?   In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this […]