The strength of any poetry is the word. It is the choice of words, the choice of omission, and the order in which they come together. In this collection of poetry, most centered around the theme of aging, Atwood displays a mastery of all of those choices.

Her ability to take ordinary scenes and imbue them with a quality of imaginative beauty is the real treasure of this book. Her imagery is stunning. Her rhythm is nearly impeccable. There wasn't any single poem that rose above the others, rather it was the entirety of the collection that gives it power.

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Mélie has always believed she has two mothers; rosy mother and dark mother. One kind, one cruel. Since she was a little girl, she has been certain of this duality though no one else seems to see it. She believes it is up to her to ward off Dark mother and begins to develop rituals to prevent her mother's harshness, rituals that grow more complicated and all consuming.

The brevity of this book is where it finds its strength. It is an intense read, a painful read, a read that makes you feel for the main character, makes you want to be the one who is there for her when no one else is.

Throughout his career, Danny Boyle has made some great films, including cutting edge movies like Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. He's also made award winning films like Slumdog Millionaire and 128 Hours. But one of his other talents is making movies that in other hands would be sentimental and trite, but in his hands, they are special. Millions is a movie like that, and so is Yesterday.

This film imagines a world where the Beatles never existed. After a freak occurrence, one man wakes up to discover no one remembers the Fab Four or their music (well, almost no one). A struggling musician, he decides to remake his career by recording as many Beatles songs as he can remember the words to.

 

He becomes an overnight sensation, singing songs that blow the world's collective mind. This is a feel good movie, with a love story, fun sidebars, and satisfying conclusion. 

Lady Bird is a coming of age story about Catherine, who fights with her mother and school to call her “Lady Bird” and is desperate to go to a prestigious college. Central to the movie is Lady Bird’s relationship with her mother. They love each other and are very similar to each other, but her mother wants the best for Lady Bird and is therefore controlling. She’s looking ahead, trying to protect her daughter’s future. Her daughter is simply trying to figure out who she is, and needs support at that moment.

Both of these characters are challenging: I decided at different points of the movie that I didn’t like either of them. Yet, both are sympathetic and portray very recognizable issues and ideals which eventually won me over.

At last, Lady Bird makes it on her own, where she is able to be whomever she wants. One final act of rebellion makes her question yet again who this is, after which she realizes that being “Catherine” might not be so bad.