Review: Wabi – Sabi by Francesc Miralles

Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view solely focussed on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence specifically impermanence, suffering and the absence of self-nature.

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Review: Passengers

The screenplay for Passengers has been sitting on the backburner for quite some time, having first appeared way back in 2007, and after seeing the production it was understandably not snapped up to direct and produce. Over the time it has taken to get distributed on general release Keanu Reeves, Reese Witherspoon, Rachel McAdams and Marc Forster, the director of Quantum of Solace, have been rumoured to be involved in the project at one time or another. Over the nine years there have been developments and amendments to the script, but I would not say enough to justify its release, and it certainly does nothing for the careers of those that eventually became attached, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence and Norwegian director, Morten Tyldum.

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Review: Miss Jane by Brad Watson

Long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction, Miss Jane is a wonderful piece of prose that brings to life a forgotten woman and a strange pastoral Southern America. Writer, Brad Watson creates a romantic portrait of Jane Chisolm, based on his great-aunt, who had been the subject of tittle-tattle in her own life. Watson, however, captures the simple things that bring delight to his character; her experiences at a community dance or a picnic with the kindly doctor are all mere instants of kind-heartedness in a life largely marked by isolation.

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