Alfred Hitchcock may have said all there is to say about the fallibility of making assumptions about what you see through a window, but, like most important lessons, this one can bear some repeating. To the limited scope of a window frame, the former London journalist Paula
Hawkins, in her debut thriller, “The Girl on the Train,” offers a few additional obfuscations. First, her novel’s protagonist, Rachel, looks out through the window of a moving train on her daily commute. Second, Rachel is your basic hot mess: depressed, unemployed, still in mourning for the death of her marriage and prone to alcoholic blackouts that coincide with critical moments in the tale of a missing woman later found dead. Rachel might as well be wearing a sign that reads “Unreliable Narrator.”
Every January, I make a list of overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions that always includes something to better my health, something to improve my finances, and something to expand my cultural repertoire. For 2015, I decided it was time to give The Americans a chance. The show about a pair of married covert Russian spies living in the United States seemed to make every TV critic fall madly in love with it when it premiered back in 2013. After it landed on a multitude of “best of TV” lists last year, I finally decided to find out what all the hype was about. While I’ve only managed to get through season one so far, the praise is definitely well deserved. In anticipation of tonight’s season three premiere, here are three reasons to start binge-watching The Americans now.
Super Bowl XLIX will be played Feb. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. This will be the second time the NFL’s championship game will be held in Glendale and the third time in the Phoenix metropolitan area. To commemorate this event, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection of facts examining the demographics of the host metropolitan area, as well as the metro areas represented by the two participants — the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.
Go to <http://quickfacts.census.gov/> for more statistics about the cities involved. Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are statistically significant at the 0.10 level.
Almost every morning at the Denver Public Library’s main branch, a group gathers on the fourth floor at the doors of the Community Technology Center, home to the library’s public access computers. Many of them are homeless or underemployed. But the DPL, like a lot of city libraries, is a safe haven during the day, especially during winter months. Public Libraries have long grappled with how to deal with and assist homeless patrons who bring a unique set of needs and challengers to librarians.
Courtney Young, President of the American Library Association, says that in times of economic hardship, more people turn to and depend on libraries and librarians for help.