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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

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I left a couple of long comments to this post by rachelmanija, about children's novels protagonists I could identify with growing up. Most of the commenters said they couldn't find themselves in YA novels, but I think I was pretty well represented in the fiction I read, actually. ...

Two Reviews of Tim McGurl’s Book About MFA Programs

From The London Review of Books: Formed in the shadow of New Criticism, the creative writing discourse still displays ‘not a commitment to ignorance, exactly, but...a commitment to innocence’. This commitment, this sense of writing being produced in a knowledge vacuum, is what turned me off the programme to begin with. ...

bibliophages "religion" theme

I didn't manage to write up a post for this round, but I did manage some comments on Tari's (excellent) discussion post: One Two Three Also written for this round: A review of The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis.

Content Posted Elsewhere

1. Saiunkoku Novel Translation Guide, posted to (where else?) . Has gotten a positive reception from the community, which makes me happy as I enjoy being useful. :D Thinking about reposting this as a webpage on the main site. 2. School Story Discussion Post, posted to . If you know ...

four reasons why yesterday was awesome

Real life content ahead: 4. Took a late train back from NYC and ended up in NB playing mahjong with , , and 's cousin for the lunar new year. It's a surprisingly straightforward game. I've been told the scoring is where it gets complicated. (We ...

January 1st 2013
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My 2012 In Review

I didn't write much this year - or not much fiction anyway. I wrote my masters thesis, and though it could have been much better I am content with the way it came out.  In nonfiction land, I signed on as a contributor to The Hooded Utilitarian. Though I don't have ...
November 12th 2012
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Big Bang @ Prudential Center, 12/9/12

As promised on tumblr. This is very long, so I apologize in advance. ^^ BTW, I'm sitting in a cafe in New Brunswick next to someone using "Fantastic Baby" as a ringtone, and it turns out she was also at the show on Friday. Small world! The New York ...
September 12th 2012
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I turned in my master's thesis. It's kinda weak - I wrote the conclusion in 24 hours including searching for supporting references - but it's a personal milestone for me since it's the longest thing I have ever finished, more-or-less on time. It's 50 pages without references or appendixes (but ...
July 19th 2012
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Olympics, etc.

I am so totally out of the Olympic loop - though I heard there's an outdoor screen at the Castle Museum gardens in York that's doing public screenings of Olympic events, so I might go to that. I missed the torch when it passed through a few weeks ago. ...
July 15th 2012
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6-years-too-late review of disposable teen comedy, John Tucker Must Die

Saw this with M. It's really not too bad... if you ignore the ending, aha. Especially the casting for John Tucker is good: at first you are like, what do any of these girls see in this guy? But by the end you are like, hmm, ...


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