Entries by Jay Ruud

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 […]

Movie Review: This Is Where I Leave You by Shawn Levy

In his 2009 novel This Is Where I Leave You, Jonathan Tropper included significant passages of stream of consciousness that involved flashbacks about Judd Foxman’s relationships with his older brother Paul, as well as memorable scenes that take place only in Judd’s mind. The difficulty of translating those kinds of things to film seems to […]

Contest Question for September 17

Author Ken Kesey was born on this date in 1935. Though he is best known for his classic novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and the subsequent film with Jack Nicholson’s iconic performance, Kesey’s second novel, Sometimes A Great Notion, was also made into a successful film in 1970. For bragging rights for the […]

Movie Review: The Drop by Michaël R. Roskam

Lonely and laconic bartender Bob Saginowski’s life seems to take a turn for the better when he finds a wounded puppy in a trash can in the yard of a woman named Nadia. He adopts the dog and begins a very cautious and tentative relationship with the woman as well as the dog. It seems […]

Contest Question for September 10

Mary Wollstonecraft died on this date in 1797 at the age of 38, 10 days after giving birth to her daughter, who would become the author of Frankenstein. Wollstonecraft wrote novels, a children’s book, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, and philosophical treatises, and is remembered today chiefly for her Vindication of […]

Contest Question for September 3

DON’T START WITH ME: What famous novel by what important writer begins with this paragraph (in English translation):   On May 20, 1859, a hatless gentleman somewhat over forty years old, wearing a dusty coat and checked trousers, came out on to the doorstep of a little country inn on the X— Highway and inquired […]