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Summer Reading 2019 #3: A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man


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Even as I go through the last few weeks of Summer, I still put in time to do some more reading.  The last book I finished was All That Heaven Allows by Mark Griffin.  All That Heaven Allows chronicled the life of Rock Hudson, an international movie star who gained his fame during the 50s and 60s.  Other than covering his acting career, the book also dived into Hudson’s closeted personal life (which included wild parties with the young men in Hollywood!).

Today’s reading takes us away from the excitement of Tinseltown and transports us back into 19th century Ireland.  It tells the fictional tale of the religious and spiritual awakening of a student that goes by the name of Stephen Dedalus.  This is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

 

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was written by James Joyce.  It centers around Stephen Dedalus, a young man who attends the Jesuit-run Clongowes Wood College.  It is there that he suffers ridicule from his fellow classmates while learning the schoolboy codes of behavior.

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Stephen’s father ends up getting into debt, causing the family to move into Dublin.  After moving to Dublin, Stephen starts attending Belvedere College (thanks to a scholarship obtained by Father Conmee).  He later squanders a large cash prize from school on prostitutes, further distancing himself from his father.

As Stephen abandons himself to his sensual pleasures, his class is taken on a religious retreat.  The boys sit through sermons and Stephen pays special attention to those on guilt, pride, punishment, and the Four Last Things (death, judgement, hell, and heaven).  It is then that he starts a new journey towards a better life.

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This novel was rather interesting to read.  Some of the language was unfamiliar to me, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.  There were times where I felt like I was transported back to 19th century Ireland picturing green mountains near the ocean.  I didn’t need any pictures, for the words were enough to take me to the peaceful areas of Ireland.

With that, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was worth reading.  Interestingly enough, this was James Joyce’s first novel and it was amazingly done.  I personally enjoyed reading it, for both the story and scenery it provided.

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Check out A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man if you want to start reading some works of James Joyce.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (11/2019)


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This week has been all about summer blockbuster films.  The Lion King and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are already out in theaters.  Even as we enter the last day of July, there are still plenty of great movies coming out in the near future.

While we’re on the subject, a trailer just dropped for a movie that centers around a popular children’s show character.  He showed the world how to be kind to everyone that they meet in their life.  His neighborhood had music, puppetry, a mailman, a trolley, and many other fantastic elements.  This is A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is a biographical drama about the beloved TV icon Fred Rogers.  Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) is an award-winning journalist who accepts an assignment from Esquire to write a profile piece on Fred Rogers (Tom Hanks).  The film is set to release on Thanksgiving Day.

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Fred Rogers is well-known for his hit PBS series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood back in 1968.  He would teach audiences worldwide about various issues and even took them on field trips to different factories to explore how things are really made.  The show ran for over thirty-three years, spanning a total of thirty-one season overall.

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While the film doesn’t release till late Fall, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood looks really amazing.  This is another anticipated film that people are already excited for this summer.  Mr. Rogers touched the lives of millions of children worldwide, teaching every one of them how special they are.  It’s times like this where we could use a little Mr. Rogers in our lives.

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Look out for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood this Thanksgiving.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


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The Lion King is one of the biggest anticipated films of the summer.  Twenty-five years since Disney released the original cartoon version and a new CGI remastered version came out.  You know its going to be a great summer in entertainment when a nostalgic Disney classic like The Lion King is out in theaters.

And yet, The Lion King is merely just one of few blockbusters films out this summer.  Another blockbuster film is a comedy-drama that centers around Los Angeles during the 1960s.  This is Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. 

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, a former television actor who struggles to transition to film in 1969.  He leans onto his best friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), a longtime stunt double and Vietnam War veteran, for support during his tough times.  Booth and Dalton navigate through an ever-changing scenery in Hollywood during the 1960s.  Some other notable cast members include Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olymphant, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, and Luke Perry.  The film was released this past weekend on July 26th.

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If you’re looking for a good blockbuster about the life and times of Hollywood, then Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the movie for you.  It acts as Tarantino’s nod towards Los Angeles during the 1960s.  The film features multiple story lines set in a modern fairy tale tribute to Hollywood’s golden age.

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With that, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is worth checking out this summer.  It’s a great film from Quentin Tarantino featuring a great cast of celebrities with some amazing Hollywood stories.

The Lion King – 2019 Remastered Version


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It has been a slow week lately in terms of PR nightmares and whatnot.  This is mainly due to the fact that summer is the season of amazing summer blockbuster titles.  Some movies are already out while others will be released in the near future.  Even still, the anticipation remains the same for many moviegoers.

One of the most anticipated films of 2019 recently dropped less than two weeks ago.  It’s the familiar tale from Disney about the young lion heir to the king of Africa.  Coming straight from Disney is… The Lion King.

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The Lion King is out in theaters, completely rejuvenated in photo-realistic animation.  This classic story from Disney is about a pride of lions who rule over the land known as Pride Rock.  King Mufasa and Queen Sarabi welcome Simba, their newest son aimed to the be king in the future.  Not everyone is too happy with the celebration.  Mufasa’s brother, Scar, aims to usurp Mufasa from his position as king so he could take over the land.

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If you’re a 90s kid, you know the story all too well.  There’s no need to summarize it even more since the nostalgia is so strong.  Only this time it is completely redone in new photo-realistic animation techniques.  And yes, you do have to watch Mufasa die ALL over again.

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With that, The Lion King is one of the hottest blockbusters out this summer.  All of the same characters, both major and minor, make an appearance in the film.  Rafiki, Timon, Pumbaa, Zazu, and the hyenas all return for this timeless Disney film.

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Twenty-five years later, The Lion King is released in theaters yet again.  Be sure to check out The Lion King this summer!

Summer Reading 2019 #1 – Cognitive Therapy


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With the warmer weather out in full swing, I have been utilizing this opportunity by getting back to my summer reading.  My summer reading lists consists of some shocking, yet intriguing novels that dive into some of the most controversial concepts imaginable.  I’ve always enjoyed reading various books here and there.  To me, there is nothing like sitting out on a beautiful sunny day with a good book at hand.

In fact, reading a book during my free time helps me feel more positive and upbeat in my life.  Its one of my various hobbies I use to get my mind off certain things.  This was one of the many tricks I picked up on this latest book I read this summer.  It reads as a how-to book for thinking differently about various situations at hand.  Today’s summer reading is on Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond.

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Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond was written by Judith S. Beck in 1995.  It acts as a leading text for students and practicing therapists who want to learn the fundamentals of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT).  Through examples from real-world scenarios, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond touches up on various sections of the process.

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Reading this book was like therapy to me.  As I was going through each page, I thought about my own personal dilemmas going on and how cognitive therapy can help me see them at a different angle.  Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond acted as a guide for helping to shape my own issues a different way.

The overall gist of this novel is to shift your perspectives of certain situations (from work, family, friends, etc.) to have a more positive reaction of what is happening.  Through the various advice given through the examples, you can analyze the situation more thoroughly rather than hastily act upon it.  Whether it’s anxiety over a huge math test or problems with your significant other, any of these examples can be solved better through the elements from Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond.   It doesn’t take a master’s degree in psychology to for someone to fully grasp all of the concepts within this book.

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With that, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond was a book worth reading this summer.  After finishing the novel earlier, I still apply some of the concepts to my own life.  In return, I feel more confident in knowing how to deal with the situation at hand.

Definitely check out Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond this summer as part of the MakeSandcastlesNotWar summer reading list of 2019.