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Harvey S. Karten’s “Nebraska Movie” Is Geographically Conscious

In response to Harvey S. Karten’s 877‑word review of Nebraska on

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Harvey S. Karten is a pleasant pilot of conscious writing in his latest quiet and soothing piece of work called “Nebraska Movie Review.” The work is not a game-changer, but one will find peace in the review and perhaps memorize phrases to assist with meditation.  

Nebraska Movie opens on a bright note as Karten reflects about the father-son relationship and the ugly generalizations that are often used when discussing the Midwest. The “flyover states” are indeed a real place—garbage for some, but Mordor for others, and the critic poses questions that will briefly touch city folk. Although one will appreciate Karten’s Midwest love, the writing borders on describing the area as a fantasyland yet to be discovered by great explorers. It’s Nebraska, not Neptune.

The middle section of Nebraska Movie is unfortunately the flyover region of the review. Surely, there is something there, but it’s ultimately three paragraphs of plot summary that, while informative, lacks opinion or analysis.

Nebraska Movie concludes with two excellent paragraphs on geographical metaphors of the film and the cast performances. Karten does a swell job of addressing the lead peformance of Bruce Dern and the possibility of an Oscar nomination. One may feel a tingle in their body and begin to tremble with anticipation. That feeling is cinema excitement, and comes from the words of Harvey S. Karten.

Nebraska Movie is an elegant piece of writing comparable to the finest wines of Cannes or southern Nebraska.    

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