The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
Lively, engaged and up-to-the-minute, this comedy tells the story of a trio of female university students who run a centre providing doughnuts and good coffee to depressed and suicidal students.
Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig) is the head of this feisty rescue league aiming to change campus life and realise a lifetime goal of starting a new international dance craze too.
Improving the world and helping people to better themselves proves a hard task, especially since their university was formerly a male bastion and an atmosphere of barbarism till prevails.
Sophisticated yet absurd dialogue makes this an exuberant and novel comedy with plenty of invention and political engagement. Stillman's excellent cast throw themselves into proceedings in a hugely enjoyable film with an irreverent indie edge.