Daily Archives: January 7, 2016

“A Danish Girl”: #winning

The_Danish_Girl_(film)_posterI saw A Danish Girl today and was deeply moved. This story of love and art earns my vote for best picture, actor, actress, and director. Okay, I admit: I’ve only seen a handful of movies this year that weren’t animated or didn’t star robots, and I have a soft spot (or is that a hard spot?) for movies about gender ID issues. I am also a really tough critic when it comes to movies: 90 percent of them disappoint me. This one surprised and stirred me from beginning to end. I weeped copiously. It’s a deeply feminist and humanist movie. The relationship between the two Danish girls is complicated and deep, and they are played superbly by Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. Plus, it’s a true story, and the 1920s styles and European landscapes are to die for.

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Wearing New Hat

I’m pleased to announce that I am the interim Director of Journalism  at Loyola Marymount University. I am taking over from Dr. Linda Bannister, who built this program from scratch. We now have more than 200 students signed up for our Journalism Minor and Certificate, and a faculty that includes former Time magazine staff writer Kate Pickert. I am honored to be in charge of this program and indebted to Linda’s great work. In keeping with the university’s mission of social justice and education of the whole person, LMU students focus on service-based community journalism, with training in new media and, befitting a program based in an English department, an emphasis on storytelling. You can follow us on Twitter at LMUJour.

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