Look no further, the 2019 Sundance Film Festival has found its feel-good movie of the year.“Blinded By the Light,” helmed by Gurinder Chadha (“Bend It Like Beckham”), burst on the Eccles Theatre screen in its world premiere on Sunday evening like a song lyric that is so perfectly crafted and inherently complemented by tune that it takes up residence in your mind for hours — or even days — at a time. Weaving a captivating coming-of-age story with an ample deployment of the Boss’ gritty lyrical and musical genius certainly had audience members mentally dancing in the darkness of the theater, even as the movie’s characters pranced joyfully through the halls of their school and into the streets of their downtrodden London suburb to the powerful strains of “Born to Run.”Think “High School Musical,” but with much better music. Actually, don’t — “Blinded By the Light” is way deeper than that.Based … [Read more...] about Like a Boss: ‘Blinded By the Light’ channels Springsteen at Sundance
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Norm Eisen meets Václav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic, in October 2011.Forum 2000 Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Norm Eisen is best known these days as one of the leading critics of President Donald Trump. He chairs the board of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a.k.a. CREW, a nonprofit watchdog outfit that has filed numerous lawsuits targeting alleged ethics violations within the Trump administration. Eisen, who served as ethics czar in the Obama administration, has earned much attention as a passionate and ebullient good-government crusader on the Trump beat. Yet he has another side to his professional life. Eisen was US ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2011 to 2014. While in Prague, he lived in what is considered to be the most impressive and luxurious American ambassadorial residence in the world, a palace built after World War I by a Jewish financial baron named Otto Petschek. During his stint as … [Read more...] about Why a Leading Trump Critic Wrote a Book about a Mansion in Europe
QUESTION: Is there a protocol about inviting my boss to my party? He is a lot of fun, but I really don't know him very well. Would he feel like he has to come? CALLIE'S ANSWER: What kind of party is it? Would he know the other guests or just you? I switched jobs a few months before I got married and invited my new boss to our wedding. She knew a few of the guests and hopefully enjoyed herself! LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: It depends on the relationship you have with your boss, but if all of your co-workers are invited, then please invite him, too. However, I wouldn't completely let your guard down at any party in front of your boss — don't do anything wild or stupid that could get you in trouble at work or make him wonder why you work there. I know this statement is obvious, but use good judgment. Keep things light and fun and enjoy getting to know everyone outside the office, And if he doesn't come, then that is OK, too. He probably is being cautious, too. HELEN'S ANSWER: If you are … [Read more...] about 20-40-60 etiquette: Party like a boss?
NEW YORK TIMES Enjoying toasts at the wedding reception for Ross Matsubara and Noa Santos in Haiku, Hawaii, June 8. Santos is the founder of Homepolish, an interior-design startup, and Matsubara is a vice president and style director at Nike Communications.NEW YORK TIMES Seated as though at a fashion show, guests watch the wedding of Ross Matsubara and Noa Santos in Haiku, Hawaii, June 8. The couple exchanged vows at Haiku Mill, a 19th-century sugar cane factory in a jungle on the north shore of the island of Maui.NEW YORK TIMES Bridesmaids arriving like models at the wedding reception for Ross Matsubara and Noa Santos in Haiku, Hawaii, June 8. “None of us are runway models, but we did this for Ross,” said Alicianne Rand, Matsubara’s childhood friend and maid of honor.NEW YORK TIMES Ross Matsubara and Noa Santos dance with Matsubara’s mother, Arlene, at the couple’s wedding festivities in Haiku, Hawaii, June 8. The men met about eight years ago after … [Read more...] about Wedding styled like a fashion show in Haiku Mill puts couple on the spot
"A Lady's Guide to Selling Out" by Sally Franson (The Dial Press, 276 pages, in stores) Sally Franson's “A Lady's Guide to Selling Out” is built on heavy literary themes as old as the hills, but the book couldn't be more zeitgeist-y. Behind the novel's frothy and funny packaging lie themes including the eternal tension between art and commerce, ambition and ethics, superficiality and significance, and reality and spun public perception of people, situations, and objects. The world feels particularly soulless right now, yet here's a young, first-time author who managed to get a book about a female millennial on a quest to find her soul published by a Random House division. Egads. To tell this updated tale, the protagonist had to be a millennielle and her milieu today's advertising frontier — the Internet-Instagram-Tumblr-meme world. Franson describes the book as “a workplace coming-of-age story for millennials.” The story features the best character … [Read more...] about Book review: ‘A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out’ by Sally Franson