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9781468309539_custom-3017ecd8c12010d07be9a2d310dbf290db729ba2-s2-c85While I was a student at NYU, I was involved in one of the best student television productions of all of NYU-TV history. That’s right, On The Cusp. Started by Boaz Frankel, On The Cusp was NYU’s own late night style talk show. It was a blast being involved in the production of this show and we took it very seriously. Whether it was filming on-the-street segments or calling publicists to book big name guests, we worked together to make it happen. Soon, we had famous faces appearing on the show, from Paul Rudd and Phillip Seymour Hoffman to Grover and the cast of Avenue Q. I had an opportunity to film a segment with my favorite author who was in town promoting his book which was certainly a highlight for me. His name is Edward Carey, and he has just released a brand new book called Heap House which is the first in the Iremonger Trilogy aimed at children. I highly recommend you start by reading his novel Observatory Mansions and then Alva and Irva: The Twins Who Saved A City.  In addition to being a writer he is also a visual artist. You can find his illustrations throughout his books and when I met him, he brought with him the sculpture that he made for Alva and Irva, photographs of which are included in that book but to see it in person was amazing. I have so much respect for Edward and I encourage you to pick up his books. But… you don’t have to take my word for it.

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A neighbor of ours who loves to read and always shares his recommendations once told me about this fabulous book, Cloud Atlas. After he gave me a quick summary of the novel I decided to purchase the ebook and recently began reading it knowing that I would be seeing the film adaptation soon. I’m not too far into the book and had I been when I saw the movie last night, I might not have liked it as much as I did.I wanted to give the film some time to mull in my mind and now I can’t get it out.

I’m always leery when I hear that a movie exceeds the 90-120 minute mark and Cloud Atlas clocks in at 164 minutes. If I made it through Avatar, I could make it through this.  Jim Broadbent can do no wrong and Tom Hanks for me will always be “Tom Hanks” on screen no matter how much makeup, fake dentures or facial hair you slap on him to make him look old.  The rest of the cast is also excellent and almost everyone appears throughout the film in different skins. The film is directed by (yes, three directors) Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski and they pull off the storytelling beautifully. The weaving (ahem, not Hugo Weaving, although he is quite good in the film) of all of the characters and places in time flows as smoothly as the waters that Adam Ewing sails. It’s an impressive feat. The jumping back and forth will bother some moviegoers but not once did it bother me.

I really don’t want to say too much more about the film.  I’m anxious to see it again though and that is definitely a sign of its power. For now, I will savor the book.