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Painting, movies, and painting in movies

On the face of it, the arts of painting and filmmaking should make for sterling cinematic pairings. Both are primarily visual mediums, after all, and film can be used to capture not only the finished product, but the actions that went into creation. It certainly should work better than, say, the craft of writing, a solitary art that offers little in the way of kinetic energy to translate to a moving picture.

Why, then, do so few movies accurately capture the craft of painting?

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This week in news, from a bookish perspective

We're (meaning Goose Lane) Number One! Rave reviews this week for Lori McNulty's Life on Mars (Publishers Weekly and Buried in Print), Robert Clark's Down Inside (Publishers Weekly), Don McKay's Angular Unconformity, Collected Poems 1970-2014 (Today's Book of Poetry), and Heather Igloliorte's SakKijâjuk: The Art and Craft of Nunatsiavut (National Gallery of Canada)

We're (meaning Canada) Number One! One True Summer, an award-winning graphic novel by Canadian artist Mariko Tamaki, earns the number one spot on the American Library Association’s 2016 list of “banned and challenged books” (The Ottawa Citizen)

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Who's Reading What? with Darryl Whetter

I certainly don’t feel that summer reading is or should be ‘lighter’ than other reading, though I have been seasonally-inspired in the last few years to prefer a good door-stopping novel from late November into December as we Canadians watch the sunlight slink away. Reading should always be pleasurable, not just in summer. Although generally suspect of nostalgia, I do have one regret about summer reading (or, more properly, its demise). Our collective shift into absolutely ubiquitous wireless coverage and cellphone use means that only those wealthy or rural enough to enjoy physical isolation can any longer associate reading on a beach or dock with just the sounds of water, ice cubes and pages turning. 
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The Truths (and Myths) of Summer Reading

For many of us, vacations are the only time we get to truly sit back and devour a novel whole. While the importance of summer reading for children has been well documented, never discount how vital it is that we adults also find ourselves the time to kick back and immerse ourselves in someone else's written world.

But what to read when the days are hot and (seemingly) limitless hours of leisure stretch out before you? The conventional answer appears to be along the lines of "Something easy that dulls the senses and fogs the mind" (all opinions mine, BTW, and yes, I'm editorializing with a severe bias here).

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What happened this week? (in book news, obviously)

Books of the summer: Books you really should consider for the summer months, including a bunch of Goose Lane! (from Atlantic Books Today)

We love this! New York City Turns Subways Into Underground Libraries, With Free Books to Read During Your Commute (from NBC New York)

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