“Buddy” — a respite from election weariness

Are you getting tired of the serious give and take of the political debates?  Does it scare you when someone says, “This is the most important election in a century”?  (It may be, but a person can only take so much stress.)  What you need is a “Buddy” break.  Central Library is having a free screening of “Buddy: the Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Mayor” next Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm.  Buddy Cianci served 26 years as Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, from 1975-1984, at which time he was arrested for assaulting a man who he claimed was having an affair with his wife, and again from 1991 to 2002, when he was convicted for racketeering, among other crimes, and served four years in federal prison. But Buddy Cianci continues to be a popular and admired public figure.  Why?  Because Buddy was not only the most controversial mayor, but also an extremely effective mayor who made down-and-out Providence into an interesting, vital city.  Mercury, a Rhode Island newspaper, calls the film “Riveting, educational, & funny!”

The film, directed by Cherry Arnold, has won four film festival awards, and is narrated by James Woods.  Plus, Central Library’s McIntire Room has been completely renovated with a new state-of-the-art projection system.  Also — free snacks!

For a quick view of Buddy, visit his site at:  http://www.buddycianci.com/index.html

Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food. -Hippocrates

This Sunday, Oct. 9th   at 2 p.m., the Central Library is partnering with Whole Foods to show the film “Forks Over Knives”.  http://www.forksoverknives.com/  This film partnership came about thanks to a neighbor of mine who highly recommended the film and who says that changing his diet has saved his life.  (Stay for the panel discussion after the film to hear more!)

This is not the first food film that JMRL has show in the ongoing documentary film program.  The library also has shown “Fresh” and “Food, Inc.”

As for books on this topic, try:

Forks Over Knives” by Gene Stone, et al.

Why We Get Fat and What to Do about It” by Gary Taubes

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health” by T. Collin Campbell, et al.

We know this is a popular topic and the library wants to hear about other titles you’d suggest on this subject.

~  Krista Farrell


“When I competed for Afghan Star, I wanted to prove that a woman from Herat could sing,” says Tarana, adjusting her trademark stylish rectangular glasses. “Now that I have been elected to the provincial council, I will prove to people that a lady who can sing can be in politics as well.” Farida Tarana

We go from last week’s blog entry and Somalia with the book “Infidel” to this week and Afghanistan with the documentary film “Afghan Star” that will be shown at JMRL’s Central Branch this Thursday – August 11 – at 7 pm.  The blurb for this movie: “After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, Pop Idol has come to Afghanistan.  Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone.  For many this is their first encounter with democracy.”

This is the country that is presented in marvelous books like those that I mentioned in the blog last week: “The Bookseller of Kabul” by Åsneand Seierstad and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini.  The latter also wrote “The Kite Runner,” a great favorite of mine and a winner of multiple awards:  NYT Bestseller, SF Chronicle Best Book of the Year, Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Fiction Pick, American Library Association Notable Book, and American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Award.

The US is very aware of Afghanistan, because of the war we continue to fight there, but it is difficult to know the people that make up this world.  Library patrons don’t ask for travel books to Afghanistan or want to study her languages, Pashto or Dari.

So we read, and now we can watch “Afghan Star.”  Major issues for Afghanis are religion, tribalism, and treatment of women.  How will these play out in this documentary?  Will they be apparent?  Will there be other themes?  Follow this link to read more about “Afghan Star” from the “New York Times:” A Talent-Show Tonic for a War-Weary Land

~ Reluctant Blogger