Logan Lucky, directed by Steven Soderbergh

Everyone’s been heralding the return of Steven Soderbergh after a four-year hiatus from filmmaking, and with good reason, considering this exquisite little film.  Logan Lucky seems, to me, to be the fourth-time-is-a-charm version of Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy. I’ve tried watching two of the Oceans films online, and didn’t make it through either one.  They were…

Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls

Everyone knows that Henry Thoreau wrote his greatest work while living in a cabin on Walden Pond, but few know that during those two years and two months, he also took up the task of surveying the pond.  Thoreau was an exceptionally skilled professional surveyor, and his handiwork in this case – an original survey…