I try to regularly add to this site, especially information about books, movies, and my thoughts about world events. In particular, you will notice that I am an avid reader and subscriber to general interest magazines. On any given day, you will find a copy of the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and Harpers on my nightstand. My wife has learned to fall asleep with the lights on, so I usually stay up pretty late reading.
On the weekends I like to catch-up on the latest films. I subscribe to NetFlix which is a snail mail DVD service. This service has worked out great for me because with three children I don't usually get to go out to the movies often. When I was in college and in graduate school I'd often go to 3-4 movies a week. And, if I had any money left over, I'd get something to eat. What is excellent about NetFlix is the Queue function. You can type in the name of any movie, even if has not yet been released on video, and it is added to your request list. When the movie is eventually released to video, you will automatically receive a copy in the mail. After you are done, you just slip the movie back in to the pre-paid envelope and a new one is sent. I subscribe to the service that lets you have two movies out at once. I often find myself reading a good movie review and then adding the movie to my queue. No hanging out in videostores trying to remember what it is you wanted to see!
Last week I watched an independent film called Max. It is an independent movie that starred John Cusack as a Jewish art-dealer living in Berlin who befriends Adolf Hitler. I am not sure I'd recommend the movie. It portrays Hitler as a brooding, frustrated artist who realized his aesthetic vision through politics rather than through the canvas. The reality is that Hitler was a hack. I saw an exhibit of his paintings at Williams College last year. He was not talented in any original sense of the term. Instead, it seemed that he had an unrealistic sense of his skills and was largely an opportunist promising order to a disintegrating society. I also watched Season 4, Disc 4 of Sex and the City. Having grown up in New York and having single, women friends, I enjoy this series. Although most of my friends assure me that they don't spend a lot of time hanging out over brunch discussing their exploits.