Snapshots - #37: It, Breathe, Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House

It (2017), (♦♦♦♦): Four inseparable friends in middle school bond with other three newcomers. They all have in common that they are bullied by the same people. Over the course of one summer they'll fend off bullies and face a centuries-old demon in the form of a clown, named Pennywise, whom has been disappearing kids and terrorizing the town of Derry, Maine, every twenty-seven years since the town was founded.
Based on Stephen King's novel of the same title, It is a movie with a smart script and a sympathetic ensemble of nerds that deliver light humor, and deep thrills. It doesn't hurt that each and every character has his or her own arc, thus one gets to know their motivations and fears before Pennywise enters head on into the picture.
In a nod to 1980s movie classics such as The Goonies, and the Brat Pack ensemble, the newest adaptation of It takes place at the end of that decade, when it seems, at least from the Hollywood perspective, that every kid harbored a genius insi…

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D. (♦♦♦½)

Doctor in medicine Eben Alexander woke up one morning with flu-like symptoms. As hours passed, his situation rapidly deteriorated, and by the time emergency personnel brought him to the ER he was unconscious and having grand-mal seizures. As doctors began to work on him, it became evident he was suffering from a bacterial infection (of some sort) that was attacking the brain. Doctor Alexander’s illness turned out to be E. Coli meningitis, a case so rare in adults and so lethal that his chances of surviving were less than 10 percent.

Doctor Alexander fell in a coma for six days while his chances of surviving, let alone a full recovery, diminished to zero. On the seventh day, amidst talks of discontinuing his treatment and “letting nature take its course”, he woke up from coma and within two months he was without apparent negative sequels.

The real value of Doctor Alexander’s experience doesn’t lie in the fact that he beat impossible odds, though he did. Aside from his miraculous recovery is the fact that he experienced a near-death-experience (NDE) so profound that affected his view of the world and of his scientific thinking.

I liked this book. It is a true story of a miraculous medical recovery against all odds (literally). I understand that an experience like coma changes one person profoundly; I also believe in miracles and have had psychic experiences of my own so I am no stranger to the topic, but what Doctor Alexander’s recounts he lived while in coma sounds so unique, far-fetched even, that I had trouble picturing someone undergoing all that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not denying he underwent that, I’m just saying that I have trouble grasping it.

Doctor Alexander at the end of the book tries to unify quantum mechanics with consciousness and his understanding of it since his life-altering experience; I thought that was a recipe for “weird”. In spite of it, his account and recovery are nothing short of remarkable. At the end of the book he provides the statement of the doctor who took care of him while in coma attesting to it.


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Silver's Reviews

    1. Likewise. I enjoyed your blog very much.

  2. I do like the sound of this one. Have you linked it in to Books You Loved yet? Hope you are having a good week.

    1. I'm planning to stop by in a few minutes to leave a few links to some of my favorite ones. Thanks, Carole.


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