“The festival seems to be broadening its aperture a little bit this year,” said Van Toffler, co-founder of Gunpowder & Sky. “The movies are less intense than they have been in the past where sometimes a movie would end and you’d sort of want to blow your brains out.”
My life partner and I recently skipped two episodes of one festival of intensity, to see the last one and know how the mess ended, find ourselves increasingly in the market for interesting but not overly demanding.
Jim Bowman covered religion 1968-78 for the Chicago Daily News, since then has written books, articles, etc., mostly on corporate history but also on religion (Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968), and more recently on politics (Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters -- Lulu.com, Kindle). Longtime Oak Park, Illinois, resident, he lives now on Chicago's North Side, where four of his and Winnie's six children live close by.
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