Posts by Sue Hollister Barr

Best Breakfast

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Below is Breakfast, a brief but magnificent short story by John Steinbeck, a master writer who should need no introduction: Breakfast by John Steinbeck This thing fills me with pleasure.  I don’t know why, I can see it in the smallest detail.  I find myself recalling it again and again,…

Timely Time

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Tale’s been told before.  But I stumbled onto the 2019 film version of Out of Time on Amazon Prime (note the rhyme), and I was delighted.  I think it deserves far better than imdb.com’s 6.0 (out of 10) here.  Snazzoid production values?  No.  Bunch of science fiction tropes?  Yup.  But…

Moody Mark

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Their beard itched under their KN-95.  Do I even need this fucking thing anymore? Mark smiled suddenly, reflecting on the latest COVID vaccination and positivity stats as they turned a sharp corner and ran into a maskless person coughing. Then again… Could Cuomo, of all people, be trusted for accurate…

Viral Victory

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NOT Wanted Dead or Alive:  SARS-CoV-2.  Hell, we know so little about this beast that’s responsible for our currently resurging pandemic, that we don’t even know if it IS dead or alive.  Most biologists say a virus isn’t alive, so do they feel anything as they float in the air like…

Rescuing Raven

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Once upon a midnight dreary, I got really bored.  So I stooped to calling my ex of a week ago. He said, “Nevermore.” I texted half a dozen friends. None responded.  It was, after all, Saturday night. I paced.  I fretted.  I recklessly left my place without as much as…

Really Russian

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I must, must, must plug a great film it took me way too long to just randomly stumble across…in the hope that I can spare you the unthinkable tragedy of never knowing it exists!!!  I will disclaimer this 2007 Russian film called, simply, 12 by granting that it was a…

Malleable Memories

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Fancy at least the concept of more serious reading, while you know damn well you’re not about to give up the comfortably compelling tropes of genre writing?  Try Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending.  A profound examination of all the ways our memories contribute to our self-deception is deftly…

Liberty’s Law

General Rantings
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I was born and have lived most of my life in a city with a huge, commodious harbor in which a tall statue of a woman holds a lit torch high to welcome all…especially whatever tired, poor, huddled, homeless masses arrive from wherever it is they come from.  Even the…

Dangerously Deluded Democrats

Yes, we won.  On Friday, November 7th, I knew the minute it finally happened when I heard my whole neighborhood erupt with cheering like we used to do for the healthcare workers.  Pennsylvania, that I’d thought would take the weekend to finish ballot counting, had come through. Horns honked.  I…

Terrible Trumpeting

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Once upon a time, in a kingdom close at hand, the fairest in the land dropped her phone.  The glass shattered.  The phone pinged.  The Fairest picked it up and squinted at a now-unreadable text, presumably from the Real King.  Shrugging, she dutifully texted him back a thumbs up, only…
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