Paradigms of Justice in “Love & Friendship”

This weekend I finally got to watch a movie I’ve been really looking forward to: Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship! The film is a version of one of Jane Austen’s unfinished works, Lady Susan, which was written in the epistolary form. Watching the movie was incredibly fun – the costumes are gorgeous,  the directing is comedic and … More Paradigms of Justice in “Love & Friendship”

Explorations of Intelligence in Phineas and Ferb

Surprise!!! Can you guess who we casually, serendipitously and totally randomly ran into at brunch in Pasadena this weekend? No, not Phineas and Ferb. But freakishly close – who could it be but their co-creator, Dan Povenmire?!?!?!?! My sister instantly recognized him when he got in line next to us at the omelette bar, but we … More Explorations of Intelligence in Phineas and Ferb

Evidence and Acceptance in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

My favorite Shakespeare play of all time is more than just a silly and brilliantly worded series of lover’s quarrels. For the acute observer (or the former liberal arts student who has enjoyed this story immensely for almost twenty years), Much Ado About Nothing affords interesting little reflections on the nature of lies, truth, and our human … More Evidence and Acceptance in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing