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Reading List 9 of 2019

September 4, 2019

Covers the period from 8.18.2019 through 9.4.19


I own 6 of these items. I watched 6 items in the cinema/on Youtube/via streaming. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 10 of the books and DVDs. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 13 items.



RIP Janice Montgomery Johnson, 1936–2019, a favorite relation




Celtic & British literature:

  1. All fours by Nia Davies
  2. The Beginnings of Welsh Poetry by Ifor Williams [1972]
  3. Dylan Thomas’s Choice: An Anthology of Verse, edited by Ralph Maud and Aneirin Talfan Davies [1963]
  4. Grongar Hill by John Dyer, edited with introduction and notes by Richard C. Boys [1941]
  5. The North Star and Other Poems by Laurence Binyon [1941]
  6. The Poetical Works of Dafydd Nanmor, edited by the late Thomas Roberts, revised by Ifor Williams [1923] /// Analysis in English, but poetry entirely in Welsh, untranslated ///
  7. The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary by Peter Gilliver, et al.
  8. Robert Ross: Friend of Friends, edited by Margery Ross [1952]
  9. Sailing the Forest: Selected Poems by Robin Robertson {Scottish}
  10. The Year’s at the Spring [anthology], compiled by L. D’O. Walters [1920]
  11. [Lit Journal] Modern Poetry in Translation ~ Languages of the United Kingdom; No. 1, 2019


Films ~ Michael Sheen:

  1. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, directed by Jonathan Newman
  2. Brad’s Status, written & directed by Mike White // Ben Stiller’s MC was esp insufferable //
  3. Bright Young Things, directed by Stephen Fry
  4. The Damned United*, directed by Tom Hooper {2x – I needed the subtitles}
  5. Tron: Legacy, directed by Joseph Kosinski
  6. Wilde, directed by Brian Gilbert


* Pelé, Brazilian superstar, piqued my interest in soccer as a kid in the 1970s. So (unlike Brad’s Status), the subject matter was inherently interesting.  But this movie broke my heart, twice.    Michael Sheen utterly convinces as an intense partner/friend who can’t get out of his own way.





  1. Bend It Like Beckham, directed by Gurinder Chadha
  2. Blinded by the Light, directed by Gurinder Chadha
  3. Fast Color, directed & co-written by Julia Hart
  4. Mary and the Witch’s Flower, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi
  5. Ralph Breaks the Internet, directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore
  6. Tron, written & directed by Steven Lisberger
  7. Wreck-It Ralph, directed by Rich Moore




  1. Air Logic by Laurie J. Marks //long-awaited book 4 of Elemental Logic series//
  2. Breach of Containment by Elizabeth Bonesteel
  3. Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon
  4. Exile by Lisa M. Bradley



  1. Call Me When You Want to Talk About the Tombstones by Cynthia Hoffman
  2. My Lost Poets: A Life in Poetry by Philip Levine
  3. Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart: Poems by Alice Walker




  1. Remapping Your Mind: The Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story by Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D., with Barbara Mainguy, M.A. {Lewis is FN–Lakota | Maine}
  2. Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers by Steve O’Keefe
  3. Learning to Swim: A Novel by Sara J. Henry
  4. The Wives of Los Alamos: A Novel by TaraShea Nesbit



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