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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

US Interventions in Latin America Reading List

Promised a friend ages ago I'd upload the course reading for a seminar I'm in this semester, US Interventions in Latin America and the World. I'm still working on that but in the meantime here are my impressions of the non-electronic reading. Overthrow : America's century of regime ...

Things to do if I ever become a professor, part 1.

Professor Israel must be cackling to herself right now, because Regeneration by Pat Barker is more homoerotic than any other piece of published fiction I have ever read. I wonder what the rest of my (90% male) class thinks of this book -- I mean, not only are ...

assorted topics, but this time no lists

On second thought I can sum up everything I really want to say about A Suitable Boy in one paragraph: A Suitable Boy is full of memorable characters (I even remember all of their names, and that never happens.) But if I were Lata, I would not have chosen the ...

two-point lists

This blog has become popular for no reason *I* can see, so I thought I'd at least update. Now with 1000% more two-point lists! Two remakes to see in 2006 for completely different reasons 1. Scorcese/DiCaprio/Damon remake of Internal Affairs 2. Bollywood remake of Fight Club Two novel-length AU fanfics 1. Bleach Triad AU ...

Happy Legal Drinking Age to me

Woke up today with a small but completely legal hangover. Happy Friday 13th, everyone! And a happy legal drinking age to me. *toasts* Suikoden IV The promised long-ass RPG. V, you were completely write about this[1]. Somehow I am still playing and have made it to the recruitment ...

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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