Last week, I watched Garden State with Mr. Rochester. Zach Braff plays the lead role in addition to writing and directing the film. Other notables include, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, and Ian Holm. It was, to say the least, wonderful. At the beginning, I was unsure what to make of it. A young man, Andrew Largeman, has reached a stagnant point in his life where he seems to have no purpose and is devoid of emotion. It is slowly revealed the past that has gotten him to his current state of nothingness. The movie is incredible for its intriguing characters and screen shots. Instead of leaving the viewer disoriented at the end, like some other movies about self-actualization and depression, Braff’s piece leaves the characters only after they have made significant decisions. Highly recommended.

I recently finished Something Rotten, the fourth installment of the Thursday Next novels by Jasper Fforde. After the first novel, entitled The Eyre Affair, this was my second favorite. I definitely think this series should be read in order as the world Fforde has constructed is complicated. This series is perfect for anyone who loves books and words. It is a feast for the mind and often funny. Watch our for puns, word play, and characters from the classics. Highly recommended.

–Jane, reads