Friday, 10 May 2013

THE CULTURE MIX: Wise words from a celebrated author + Fraser-Pryce's winning streak + Relive Kate's captivating Oscar role

SHELLY IMPRESSES: "The 200m is not my best event, and it's something I am learning. It is a new challenge, and I just want to execute a good [race]," said Jamaica's Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (pictured above, centre, with fellow competitors) during a press conference in Qatar on Thursday. By all accounts, the pint-sized phenom made good on her intentions, while maintaining her impeccable early-season form by winning the event at the Doha Diamond League meet on Friday, and besting a competitive field in a time of 22.48 secs. Compatriot Sherone Simpson was second (22.73) and Samantha Henry took fourth (22.97). Just last month, Fraser-Pryce (the Pocket Rocket) anchored Jamaica's women's 100M team to gold at the Penn Relays in the US. We're expecting more terrific performances from the Olympic star this season and beyond. 

DVD SPOTLIGHT: In 2008's The Reader, Kate Winslet renders a flawless performance as Hanna Schmidt, a concentration camp supervisor, who endures a lengthy prison sentence in order to protect a devastating personal secret: she never learned to read. It's an engrossing, deeply affecting Holocaust drama about choices and consequences that excels, thanks in large part to Winslet's bravura turn, opposite the likes of David Kross (as Hanna's teenage paramour, Michael) and the ever-award worthy Ralph Fiennes as Michael in middle age. Lena Olin puts in a brief yet memorable cameo as a camp survivor, helping director Stephen Daldry (The Hours) secure a home-run on all fronts. Powerfully acted and emotionally gripping, The Reader stays with you long after you've seen it. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: "When I walk into my kitchen today, I am not alone. Whether we know it or not, none of us is. We bring fathers and mothers and kitchen tables, and every meal we have ever eaten. Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be." -- author Molly Wizenberg, from A Homemade Life

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