February 4, 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly trailer

From book to film

Coming Soon: Long Beach Film Discussion Night

In the next few months the very first Long Beach Film Discussion Night will be unleashed... Please stay tuned for further information.

The Book of the Month: for March

Book #2

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a translation of the French memoir by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. It describes what his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with a condition called Locked-In syndrome, where his whole body was left paralyzed. He only had use of his left eye.

The entire book was written by Bauby blinking his left eyelid. The book took about 200,000 blinks to write and each word took approximately two minutes. The book chronicles everyday events and what they are like for a person with locked-in syndrome. These events include playing at the beach with his family, getting a bath, and meeting visitors. The book was published in March, 1997. It received excellent reviews and sold 150,000 copies in the first week.

Introducing:The Belmont Shore Book Club and Book #1 for February

My name is Scott Jones and I have lived in Belmont Shore all of my life. I can't think of a better place to live, play, and be. My desire is to get to know you (my neighbors) and that you might have the opportunity get to know your neighbors as well. One way that I am going to attempt this is that I am starting a book club on Second Street. Not only is literature fun and exciting, but as we have experienced, it is much more enjoyable when shared with others. I am calling this adventure The Belmont Shore Book Club. My hope is that through this journey with one another that we could better represent the love that this city radiates. Our first book is"The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. It just won the Pulitzer Prize, so it should be a good one. Our first meeting is Monday, February 25th at Aroma Di Roma, 5327 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803 from 7 to 9pm. It will be a time to reflect on the book through conversation and most of all to get to know each other a little better. If this is something that you are interested in or you have questions, then comment on this entry or email me: scottymjones@gmail.com. Please leave your name and email so that I can contact you in the future. My goal is to keep the group size down to 5 to 7 people in order to allow for each person to have plenty of input. I hope to start with three groups, which means that we will probably meet at other coffee shops as well, and on other dates that might work better for others. We will see :) Stay tuned for more to come...