01/09/22 – West Side Stories

CURRENT EVENTS

West Side Stories

First we have the 1961 West Side Story 

Now we have the 2021 West Side Story

My favorite of the above two films is the 1961 film. However, if you are looking for a different take on this story, check out:

West Bank Story (2005)

BOOK OF THE WEEK

I tend to favor short easy to read books, but not always. This is a very interesting book, but had I to do it over I would have simply read Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary. 

His dictionary contains so many interesting ideas such as, “Faith consists in believing not what seems to be true, but what seems to be false to our understanding.”

The Portable Voltaire

Edited By Ben Ray Redman

This encyclopedic anthology acquaints us with Voltaire’s mercurial range of expression as well as with the steadfastness of his vision, which might be called the religion of reason. It includes his sardonic comedies Candide and Zadig; the tales “Micromegas” and ‘Story of a Good Brahmin”; more than seventy articles from the Philosophical Dictionary that offer heretical definitions of subjects from Adultery to Tyranny;  and letters written to such correspondents as Frederick the Great and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. (Source: Goodreads)

MOVIE OF THE WEEK

This week’s films are under Current Events.

MUSIC OF THE WEEK

No disrespect towards the Amish, as I look around at today’s world, I appreciate their point of view.

Nevertheless, I found some humor in the following.

Amish Paradise

By “Weird Al” Yankovic

ART OF THE WEEK

Photography is an art form. Below is a rather interesting photo if you look “closely”.

  EXTRAORDINARY PERSON  OF THE WEEK

Voltaire

Portrait by Nicolas de Largillière, c. 1724

François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known as Voltaire

Satirist, novelist, poet, dramatist, historian, moralist, critic, courtier and correspondent, champion of reason and fanatical adversary of fanaticism, a darling of kings with the unfortunate habit of turning them into enemies, François Arouet de Voltaire is one of the few writers to have imposed his name on an entire epoch. It is entirely appropriate that the French Enlightenment is also known as “the age of Voltaire.” And if that age ended with a revolution, Voltaire was nothing if not a subversive. His abiding motto was “Écrasez l’infame”: “Crush infamy.” (Source: Goodreads)

  JOKE OF THE WEEK

This one is for Star Trek fans

PHYSICAL TRAITS

The Corona Virus Continues to Mutate

CHARACTER TRAITS

Tips On How To Avoid Criticism

SOCIAL TRAITS

This could help one get along better with people in 2022.

LEARNING TRAITS

Some of you may find this helpful.

MISCELLANEOUS

You may want to think about this before

taking down your Christmas decorations.

Book

If you have ever been curious about this book, the Kindle version of this book has now been reduced to $1.00 and the paperback version has been reduced to $6.34 with Prime Membership

However, I must warn you that this book will not change your life, 

only you can do that.

My Final Cover

This book can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

 

 

16 thoughts on “01/09/22 – West Side Stories

  1. Batman, love it!
    I always thought Michael Jackson’s Bad video was a mini version of West Side Story. Best thing my high school English teacher ever did to endear us to Shakespeare: we had to read Romeo and Juliet, then watch West Side Story, then write a comparison-contrast essay.

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    • Thank you very much Muriel for commenting. Good to hear from you. I thought it really interesting that Rita Moreno was in both the 1961 and the 2021 versions of West Side Story. Some stories are well worth re-reading. Again, thanks very much Muriel for commenting.

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  2. Yes, I know Rita Moreno is in the new one too. She is fantastic. I have watched some really stupid segments of ‘One Day at a Time’ just because SHE is so talented and funny. Unfortunately, because I’m ancient, I’m not going to movies yet.

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