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Jim Allman, co-founder of Memphis arts community Continuum, joins us again this week for part II of How I’m Damned & What I’m Doing About It.

If you missed part I, it’s right here.

Let me lie down in peace and let me rise up again in peace. – Krias Shema

A Second Look

There are many who experience an identity that doesn’t easily reconcile and often appears at odds with itself. Take for instance the protagonist in Chaim Potok’s “My Name is Asher Lev”. An artist in an orthodox Jewish home overseen by a zealous, over bearing and un-approving father, Asher is also the pupil of an atheist painter. A damned identity, if I’ve ever seen one. Continue Reading…

This week we’re joined by Continuum co-founder Jim Allman. I’ve had many mind-bending conversations with the man and I’m excited he agreed to share something on our pokey blog.

Now, pay attention to Jim or I’ll block your IP address so you can’t complain about my low opinion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

…my identity, which I am damned with. – Nick Hornby, sculptor

The Trouble with Identity

“My name is Asher Lev, the Asher Lev, about whom you have read…” So begins the book by Chaim Potok, a book of self-identity, credulity and personal and communal tragedy in the face of family and tradition. Asher is a boy damned by his identity, a Jew from an aristocratic Hasid family, but also an artist. Asher represents two traditions embroiled in conflict—each rejecting the other. Continue Reading…

With all these young adult books now being made into movies, I think it should be a rule that you must read the book before seeing the film. Everyone knows the books will always be better than the movie, so why would you want to hear the story from the filmmaker instead of the person who actually wrote it? Continue Reading…

So, I’ve read that the The Hunger Games franchise is slated to be the next Twilight and my first thought was “oh please God noooooo!” The last thing the world needs is another Twilight and I’m speaking as a fan. I devoured the Twilight series and fell in love with the characters just like everyone else, and like everyone else I could not wait to see my favorite characters come to life on the big screen.

The problem I have with the films however is that not only did they take some serious liberties with the story, they also hired the cast solely based on how pretty they are to look at and not how well they could play the part. This is my fear for The Hunger Games. I’m an even bigger fan of The Hunger Games than I was of Twilight.

I worry the upcoming film will not hold true to the book so here are the top 3 ways the movie will ruin the books: Continue Reading…