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Finding Boyle

I had brought my son to the L.A. Festival of Books, held for the past several years each Spring on the campus of the University of Southern California, seeking inspiration.  For him, the lure had been Veronica Roth, the young and savvy author of Divergent, a lop-sided swipe at authority and taking charge of one’s own destiny.  If truth be told, we both came, in a sense, because of the Trojan Marching Band.
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Late Autumn


“I’m happy as I am.”  You might not think that a radical declaration, but it’s the challenge hurled in Yasujiro Ozu’s marvelous “Late Autumn” by a young woman who’s just cheerfully announced that she’s not ready for marriage.  Her elders respond with shocked determination and commit themselves to selecting a husband for her at once.
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