Since I'm on a chess kick, I watched The Queen of Katwe on Disney plus. Based on a true story, it's about a teen girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the slums of Uganda who manages to learn chess from a coach (David Oyelowo) who runs a church camp for kids. She goes on to help this poor group beat some posh school kids, and then on to state champs, and a world competition. Her goal very quickly was to achieve "masters". Convincing her mother (the wonderful Lupita Nyong'o) that this is not crazy, adds drama to the story. Well done, kid friendly, and a nice story all around. Checkmate!
Saturday I tuned in to the virtual Texas Book Festival that's normally held in Austin. I've gone to the live version in the past and it's awesome - so many authors, programs, and books, books, books. The virtual is working out okay and I did pay for a ticket to hear Matthew McConaughey chat with Ethan Hawke. Matthew was promoting his new memoir Greenlights. He's a very zen dude with his own life philosophy. He grew up with a bit of an abusive father, but a loving mother and strong siblings. He's been keeping journals for thirty six years and at fifty decided to peruse them and write his book. He's worked hard at his craft, worked hard to not let the noise of fame drown out what's important. He appreciates solitude. Very cool dude.
I was excited for Ethan Hawke to be the host. I like him as an actor. But he proved annoying and talked too much. Almost tried too hard to outshine Matthew, who stayed chill but looked a bit on camera like, "Dude, let me promote my book. No one cares about your crap today. Stoplight."
That was my culture moment for the week.
No one cares about your crap - that made me chuckle. Bummer when the host has to all but ruin the program.ReplyDelete
yea- I had a feeling Ethan had been home alone too long with nobody talking to him.Delete
Hi Joanne - I guess the advantage is that you could pull the plug - or go off and get a cup of coffee or ... but you had paid - so that's a bummer. Hope it's back and and running next year for you to visit.ReplyDelete
Queen of Katwe is good isn't it - I loved it ... saw it a few years ago.
Beautiful autumn colours ... enjoy the week - Hilary
yes - I will be pleased when book festivals and such are back in business. But I'm glad the virtual is helping. Trying to keep the mind in gear.Delete
So pretty. I love the orange leaves.ReplyDelete
Breathe it all in, dear friend. It's a new season.
I've always liked fall. Probably being an October baby - it's in my blood.Delete
Loved the pics Joanne, all behind with my comments.ReplyDelete
no worries. The pics aren't going anywhere.Delete
Great pics of Fall. Never knew Chess could take one far, but guess it can.ReplyDelete
it's an interesting game. I have no patience and can't see far enough ahead, but I admire the minds that truly can play. The drama does make for some good movies.Delete
...as it is here. Gorgeous.ReplyDelete
I think the glorious reds
art influenced by the photosynthesis
of global warming to make'm
even MORE! bright!!!