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18 Books I’ve Been Meaning To Read

In Books, Lists, Literature on செப்ரெம்பர் 9, 2018 at 10:26 பிப

via 21 Books You’ve Been Meaning To Read | Penguin Random House

More: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ, a New Multi-Platform PBS Series, Reveals List of America’s 100 Favorite Novels | PBS

    1. Song of Solomon
      By Toni Morrison
    2. The Shadow of the Wind
      By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
      Illustrated by Jessica Hische
      Translated by Lucia Graves
    3. Don Quixote
      By Miguel de Cervantes
      Introduction by A. J. Close
      Translated by P. A. Motteux
    4. The Picture of Dorian Gray
      By Oscar Wilde
      Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith
      Introduction by Robert Mighall
      Edited by Robert Mighall
    5. The Liars’ Club
      A Memoir
      By Mary Karr
    6. Moby-Dick
      or, The Whale
      By Herman Melville
      Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick and Rockwell Kent
    7. Gravity’s Rainbow
      By Thomas Pynchon
      Illustrated by Frank Miller
    8. We That Are Young
      by Preti Taneja
    9. Half Gods
      by Akil Kumarasamy
    10. Bless Me, Ultima
      by Rudolfo Anaya
    11. Heart of Darkness
      by Joseph Conrad
    12. Gilead
      by Marilynne Robinson
    13. Doña Barbara
      by Rómulo Gallegos (Author), Larry McMurtry (Foreword), Robert Malloy (Translator)
    14. The Intuitionist
      by Colson Whitehead
    15. The Pilgrim’s Progress
      by John Bunyan (Author), Roger Pooley (Editor)
    16. Siddhartha
      by Hermann Hesse
    17. The Sirens of Titan
      by Kurt Vonnegut
    18. Their Eyes Were Watching God
      by Zora Neale Hurston

Most Defined Word in English:

In Lists on ஜூன் 6, 2014 at 7:16 பிப

What word has the most definitions?

  1. “Set” has 464 definitions in the Oxford English Dictionary.
  2. “Run” runs a distant second, with 396.
  3. “go” with 368
  4. “take” with 343
  5. “stand” with 334
  6. “get” with 289
  7. “turn” with 288
  8. “put” with 268
  9. “fall” with 264
  10. “strike” with 250.

Top 10 Saddest Kids’ Movies

In Lists, Movies on ஜூன் 23, 2010 at 4:13 பிப

You know you saw Toy Story 3 this weekend, and you know you cried. TIME takes a look back at some of film history’s other great kid-movie weepies

S Ramakrishnan: New Book Recommendations for 2009

In Books, Lists, Literature on ஓகஸ்ட் 30, 2009 at 4:53 பிப

Source: எஸ். ராமகிருஷ்ணன்: பார்க்க- படிக்க-இணையதளங்கள்

தீவிர வாசகர்களுக்காக நான் சிபாரிசு புதிய புத்தகங்கள்

1. Diary of a Bad Year by J. M. Coetzee – novel

2. Chicken with Plums – Marjane Satrapi – Graphic novel

3. 2666- Roberto Bolano -novel

4. The Poetry of Arab Women – Anthology – Nathalie Handal

5. The Sea by John Banville- Booker Prize Novel

6. Satyajit Ray : Essays (1970-2005)- Author: Gaston Roberge

7. E.E. CUMMINGS – A Biography By Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno.

8. THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV Fyodor Dostoevsky. New Translation- by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. .2007

9. A Drifting Boat: An Anthology of Chinese Zen Poetry. Translated by Jerome P. Seaton

10. Cosmos – Witold Gombrowicz – novel

PA Krishnan: Top Ten Michael Jackson Songs

In Magazines, Music, USA on ஓகஸ்ட் 12, 2009 at 5:59 பிப

Source: எனக்குப் பிடித்த பத்து மைக்கேல் ஜாக்ஸன் பாடல்கள் :: அஞ்சலி: மைக்கேல் ஜாக்ஸன் (1958-2009) – ஒரு யுக நிகழ்வு :: பி.ஏ.கிருஷ்ணன்

1. I Want You Back

2. Don’t stop ‘til You Get Enough

3. Billie Jean

4. The girl is mine

5. Thriller
MTV வீடியோக்களிலேயே மிகப் புகழ்பெற்றது. ஜாக்ஸனின் ஆட்டம், பேய்களின் ஆட்டம், மேலாக ஆட்டத்துடன் பின்னிப் பிணைத்திருக்கும் மகிழ்ச்சி, நகைச்சுவை – இவை அனைத்தும் இந்தப் பிணங்களின் பாடலை மரணமற்றதாக ஆக்குகின்றன.

6. Beat it
ஆட்டத்திற்காகப் பிறந்த பாடல் இது. எட்டி வான் ஹாலனின் கிதார் இசை வேறு உலகத்தைச் சார்ந்தது.

7. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
திரில்லர் ஆல்பத்தின் முதல் பாடல். வேகமான பாடல். மமஸே, மமஸாமமா!

8. We are the world:
மேற்கத்திய இசையின் புகழ்பெற்ற அனைவரும் பாடிய பாடல் இது. ஜாக்ஸன் அவர்தான் அரசன் என்பதைக் கோடிட்டுக் காட்டும் பாடல்.

9. Black or white:
இந்த வீடியோவைப் பார்க்காதவர்களே இருக்க முடியாது என்று நினைக்கிறேன். திகட்டாத பாடல். முகம் மாறிக்கொண்டே வருவது திகட்டத் திகட்ட நகலெடுக்கப்பட்டாலும்.

10. Jam
இது மற்றொரு மைக்கேலுக்காக-மைக்கேல் ஜோர்டன் -பார்க்க வேண்டியது. ஜோர்டனுக்கு ஜாக்ஸன் ‘மதிநடை’ நடக்கச் சொல்லிக் கொடுக்கிறார். அவர் இவருக்குக் கூடைப்பந்து விளையாடச் சொல்லிக் கொடுக்கிறார்.

Anjum Rajabali Recommended books

In Books, Lists, Movies, USA on ஜூன் 25, 2009 at 1:51 பிப

Earlier: Anjum Rajabali Recommended films

1. “The Art of Dramatic Writing”, by Lajos Egri (first published in 1943, this excellent book by a teacher of playwriting captures all the essentials of what constitutes good drama)

2. “The Hero With a Thousand Faces”, by Joseph Campbell (while this is not a writing text, it is a study of world mythologies which expose us to the rhythms of our characters’ journeys based as this pattern is in a deep understanding of the human unconscious. A seminal and precious work for every screenwriter.)

3. “Screenwriting 434″, by Lew Hunter (Regarded as one of the most respected teachers of screenwriting in America, Hunter has adapted his course at UCLA, where he was the head of the screenwriting department, into this lucid book with a classroom approach.)

4. “Story”, by Robert McKee (regarded as America’s most influential screenwriting guru, McKee’s understanding of mainstream Hollywood narrative is impeccable. Unfortunately, that is all that this is good for really.)

5. “Poetics”, by Aristotle (Leon-Golden edition. Strongly recommended)

6. “Tools of Screenwriting”, by David Howard (Interesting approach to writing. Nice book.)

7. “Writing the Character-Centred Screenplay”, by Andrew Horton (Desirable)

8. “Adventures in the Screen Trade”, by William Goldman (Enjoyable insights into the industry mentality)

9. “Alternative Scriptwriting”, by Jeff Rush and Ken Dancyger (Interesting examples of departures. Not necessarily always useful, though.)

10. “Four Screenplays”, by Syd Field (Good format. Nice intereviews with the writers of those four films.)

11. “The Craft of the Screenwriter”, by Joel Brady (Detailed interviews with six greats. A good read.)

Note: Around half a dozen books a year are released on screenwriting, most of them from the US. Reading too many ‘to-do’ books can confuse you and undermine your free-thinking. However, in-depth interviews with screenwriters are always useful.

Anjum Rajabali Recommended films:

In India, Lists, Movies, USA on ஜூன் 23, 2009 at 1:19 பிப

1. Chinatown (Dark theme, complex characters, tragic ending, difficult screenplay. But, one of the finest to come out of Hollywood)

2. Casablanca (Regarded as one of the best screenplays from Hollywood. So simple as to be almost elementary. Definitely worth studying closely.)

3. 12 Angry Men (A tightly-structured screenplay entirely placed in a single room. Notice the arcs of transformation of different characters.)

4. It’s a Wonderful Life (The reluctant hero, who is capable of exemplary heroism. And of course a compelling theme. Trivia: The idea for this script came from a Christmas greeting card!)

5. Fugitive (Quite a definitive thriller. Very clear structure and defined motives even as the intentions change with the growth of the character – including a definite mid-point where his response to his situation undergoes a sharp reversal. Disappointing action climax, though.)

6. Witness (Good combination of premise and theme.)

7. Zodiac (Another way of crafting a thriller, elaborate and open-ended, in a way.)

8. Amores Perros (Three separate stories linked only by their theme and by an individual incident.)

9. Children of Heaven (You don’t need a universally BIG premise for a touching story. It can be merely about a lost pair of shoes, but the effect of that on the characters has to be strong.)

10. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Written by one of Hollywood’s most interesting contemporary screenwriters, this very unusual premise has been structured in a most energetic and involving way. See all of Charlie Kaufman’s films.)

11. Big Fish (Tim Burton’s experiments with narratives continues. What is fantasy, and what is reality? After a while, does it matter really?)

12. Sweet Sixteen (Ken Loach’s touching, rousing and heart-rending account of a boy in Ireland. See all of Ken Loach’s films.)

13. Dead Girl (Telling the story of one dead person from the povs of different characters who knew her, and how character is revealed thus.)

14. The Machinist (A character believes his delusions to be reality. Quite well done.)

15. Cronicas (A dramatic but incisive and uncompromising story about how media-persons manipulate reality with tragic consequences.)

16. No Man’s Land (An entire screenplay loaded with huge ethnic conflict depicted entirely in a narrow, tense space during a war.)

17. Amadeus (Powerful theme of envy, keeping your sympathies entirely with the envious protagonist who is an anti-hero. Excellent opening sequence.)

18. Verdict (Rather compelling script of how a character rises from the ashes to some glorious heroic victory.)

19. Battle of Algiers (A bold powerful and different way of telling a story. While it is made to look like a documentary, it is actually a feature film and was entirely scripted.)

20. Deewaar (One of the better scripted Hindi films. Good to study.)

21. Aakrosh (Notice the transformation of the character, as the plot intensifies. While telling the front-story of the lawyer and his case, the script brings out the exploitation of tribals so effectively.)

22. Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander (Once again, notice the arc of the character.)

23. And another 100 that you already know about or will discover. Watch as many films as you can!

Best of the World Cinema: Kamalhaasan Movie Picks

In Lists, Movies, USA, World on ஜூன் 17, 2009 at 1:19 பிப

  1. Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan), Ingmar Bergman
  2. Wages of fear (Le salaire de la peur), Henri-Georges Clouzot
  3. Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa
  4. The Cranes are flying (Letyat Zhuravli), Mikhail Kalatozov
  5. Das boot, Wolfgang Petersen
  6. Amadeus, Milos Forman
  7. Hair, Milos Forman
  8. Duel, Steven Spielberg
  9. The Tenant (Le locataire), Roman Polanski
  10. Chinatown, Roman Polanski
  11. La strada, Federico Fellini
  12. Au hasard Balthazar, Robert Bresson
  13. The Brutalisation of Franz Blum (Die Verrohung des Franz Blum), Reinhard Hauff
  14. In a Year with 13 Moons (In einem Jahr mit 13 Monden), Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  15. The 400 blows (Les quatre cents coups) Francois Truffaut
  16. Code Unknown: Incomplete tales of several journeys (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages), Michael Haneke
  17. Amelie (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain), Jean-Pierre Jeunet
    Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore
  18. 301, 302, Cheol-su Park
  19. Three Colours: Blue/White/Red, Krzysztof Kieslowski
  20. The Decalogue (Dekalog), Krzysztof Kieslowski
  21. A short film about killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) Krzysztof Kieslowski
  22. Life of Brian, Terry Jones, written by Graham Chapman
  23. Being there, Hal Ashby
  24. The Party, Blake Edwards
  25. Birth, Jonathan Blazer, written by Jean Claude Carriere

பாரதிராஜா பார்த்ததிலே பிடித்த 10 படம்

In Lists, Movies on ஏப்ரல் 23, 2009 at 5:42 பிப

  1. Ryan’s Daughter
  2. ஜனக் ஜனக் பாயல் பாஜே (இந்தி)
  3. காகஸ் கா பூல் (இந்தி)
  4. மதர் இந்தியா
  5. செம்மீன் (மலையாளம்)
  6. Bicycle Thieves
  7. Gone with the Wind
  8. உதிரிப்பூக்கள்
  9. Lawrence of Arabia
  10. சங்கராபரணம்

ஹரிஹரன் கேட்டதிலே: பிடித்த பத்து

In Lists, Movies, Music on ஏப்ரல் 6, 2009 at 3:59 பிப

Top 10 Song & Album picks by Singer/Composer Hariharan (as appeared in Anandha Vikadan)

  1. 1st Album – Mehdi Hassan
  2. ரோஜா – ஏ ஆர் ரெஹ்மான்
  3. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  4. முதல் மரியாதை – இளையராஜா
  5. Colonial Cousins – Hariharan & Leslie Lewis
  6. காசி – இளையராஜா
  7. Square Circle – Stevie Wonder
  8. Unplugged – Mariah Carey
  9. Drums of Fire – Sivamani
  10. Come Away with Me – Norah Jones