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Thu, Jul 07, 2016 9:11pm

I find Wesley Morris’ essays bewildering in general. They seem to be based on assumptions I don’t share. In this case, his assumptions barely make sense. He assumed that Kate Hudson is the sort of actress who’d appear in a movie where she’s attacked by a shark. That’s odd, because she’s not particularly known for horror or action movies. In fact, her career has been extremely varied. But you’d think he’d check some basic facts before going to the movies, like looking at the star’s name in the ad. I read the whole article thinking: Why are you telling us this? Are other people as baffled by Morris as I am?

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Danielm80
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 10:37pm

But Kate Hudson is thin and blond, like Lively is! How could you fail to confuse them?

I suspect Morris actually knew Hudson was not in the movie and was attempting to be humorous.

Fri, Jul 08, 2016 4:57pm

A very interesting discussion on the topic:

Sun, Jul 10, 2016 3:51am

A poem by Gbenga Adesina:


How to Paint a Girl

With him you come to learn
that when a man is called to paint a girl
he paints all of himself.
His tiny songs are the floss in her hair,
the tulips on her blouse are the stories
his sisters told him under half-nights long ago
in the lost country of music. With their half-furls and
follicles and buds and brown twigs that speak more
of withering things. The tiny sigh, the one you almost
didn’t see, the silence in her eyes, is the night his mother
died while he fought rebels in the Nigerian army.

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 6:57pm
MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Danielm80
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 9:09pm

Oh my god, that’s amazing. Sharing…

reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 10:48pm

Her voice sounds like a truck full of rain.