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review 2018-06-20 04:22
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI - David Grann

Interesting book on an event that is never taught in school.  I especially liked when the investigation is taken over by the FBI.  I was appalled by the murders.  The Osage were intelligent when negotiating with the government and got the mineral rights to their lands.  White man greed once again destroys lives and the Osage community because of oil.  I also liked the last part as the reporter is going over the story and discovers that the four years of terror started long before those years and lasted longer with many more men and women who should have been arrested and prosecuted.  Mr. Grann put a human face to the people whose lives were affected and the actions of those who were to protect the Osage cannot be justified.  Shameful!  A good read.

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review 2015-12-11 00:00
August: Osage County
August: Osage County - Tracy Letts BLUF: Play about a self-destructing family.

Not convinced? Here is the break down of characters (note: daughters not in age order)

Father – drunk
Mother – drug abuser
Daughter 1 – not good enough
Daughter 2 – control freak
Daughter 3 – depressed & naive
Granddaughter – drug user
Grandson – waste of life

The whole dysfunctional family concept is not entertaining to me. At all. I get enough crazy between my family and the hubby’s, I don’t need to read about too.

This play did not let up the arguments, cheap jabs at each other, or any of the other punches a family can throw. If that’s not enough, you get incestual hints and pedophiles too.

Act I: Relationship background & Beverly ventures off
Act II: Bev is found and put to rest
Act III: General family drama

In the end, I understand that this play is a social commentary, but it’s not my kind of read (or watch..).

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text 2014-05-10 19:30
Review: August Osage County by Tracy Letts
August: Osage County - Tracy Letts

This is a twisted little story that will remind you that there is always someone else's family that is even more messed up than yours is. Somehow injecting humor into the story of family gathering for a funeral, Letts has put a little bit of every form of family dysfunction into August: Osage County.

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review 2013-07-09 00:00
August: Osage County
August: Osage County - Acting Edition - Tracy Letts How could you not love Tracy Letts?
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review 2008-06-18 00:00
August: Osage County
August: Osage County - Tracy Letts Tragic and hilarious. The perfect mix of dark humor and real drama -- or at least energized conflict (if that makes sense). It's amazing how the many characters stand apart on the page. Great dialog, some beautiful lines, and satisfying homages to other plays (Long Day's Journey... being the most obvious).
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