The mistake Maud makes, that many of us make, is to believe that our restlessness and impatience will yield some sort of sign that God is listening.
Every adoption story is unique, yet every adoptee shares a common quality to our stories of origin: our entrance into a family is not solely through birth but through choice, a choice made entirely outside of our control.
Big Fan's excursion into the psyche of an alienated sports fan now plays like a prophetic warning, anticipating a number of the more ruinous social pathologies that plague this country, from the incoherent angst of working-class white men to the epidemic of loneliness engulfing them.
Describing News from Home’s distinct quality of attention stumps me every time I watch, but I would like to look at what’s before me in the way Akerman does, equanimous in the face of all that vacancy and rush. I would like to look and go on looking with that degree of alertness.