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So I saw Hunger Games last week, and was outrageously impressed with both Jennifer Lawrence and the general caste of the movie. Excellently adapted if I may say. The tone was pitch perfect, the action, neither too gory nor too childish, and whoever chose Woody Harrelson to play Haymitch Abernathy did a brilliant thing. If you haven't seen it, check it out -- even if you've never heard of District 12 or had a nightmare involving tracker jackers.
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In other news, author Ann Patchett has found her writer's pen stirring the cultural pot more than ever before. Recently nominated for PERSON OF THE YEAR by Time Magazine, Patchett has dazzled with literary triumphs like Bel Canto and Run but now steps into the spotlight for her business acumen. Having 'put her money where her mouth is,' Patchett, along with publishing veteran Karen Hayes, has actually opened an independent bookstore in her hometown of Nashville, TN. Answering the obvious question, But Why?, in a recent appearance on the Colbert Report, Patchett states that physical bookstore's are soooo important: [because of] "Smart People...we have so many smart people working in our store. You come in, you tell us what you just read, what you liked, I'll tell you what you should read next." She follows with, "If you never, ever talk to people and you meet all of your needs on the Internet, you wake up one day and you're the unabomber."
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