Page 227. " calling Taxi Driver a squalid little film "

Taxi Driver (1976) is a modern film classic that examines alienation in urban society. Martin Scorsese's nightmareish fourth film combines elements of film noir, the western, horror and urban melodrama genres. Robert De Niro plays a mentally unstable cab driver and war veteran, who attempts to rescue a young prostitute and lashes out at the rest of the world.


Page 248. " It was the Saturday morning before Memorial Day "

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3pm. Another tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at National Cemeteries.

Memorial Day is a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest-standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the west lawn of the United States Capitol. Music is performed, and respect is paid to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.