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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

Diana Wynne Jones, “Enchanted Glass”

I liked that this one was set in modern - almost - England, and that there was no attempt to localize for the American middle school audience, so you get super British vocabulary like "roundabout" for merry-go-round and "bouncy castle" for those blow-up things at carnivals that the kids jump ...

lost weekend (now with added bookblogging)

Where did my weekend go??? It's like it disappeared into this fever dream of bad Libertines fanfiction and compulsive wikipedia-ing of eighties post-punk bands...wait, that's not like what happened, that is what happened. ;_; Suppose the weekend isn't over. Suppose, if I am very good tomorrow, I ...

Dorothy Sayers and Other Book-Related Endevors

...I forgot to mention that I am co-moderator of . This is a themed reading discussion community -- this month, we read mysteries, and next month, we are reading "school" stories. Maybe in the month after that we can pick a theme that won't be totally dominated ...

Year(s) in Books

Posted to : 2006 Books 2007 Books *new!* I cheated a bit and included books I posted about but didn't finish, as well as books I haven't finished yet, but plan to finish before the ball drops in Times Square. MyAnimeList for manga I'm reading but not pruchasing.

Movies, Games, Books

Not dead. Also, not unhappy. ^^; Just busy. (Okay, so I'm not that busy.) Saw Gone Baby Gone -- you know, that Ben Affleck movie about the missing kid -- with and J ('s boyfriend) last Friday. Overall I liked it and think it's ...

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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Recently

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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