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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

Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy

More blogging so I can have something to link to on Goodreads, XD. I read "Regeneration" (the first in the trilogy) for a British history class way back in 2007, and only got around to finishing the trilogy recently, when I saw books 2 and 3 on sale at ...

Samuel Delaney

Stars in My Pockets Like Grains of Sand: I'm about 100 pages in and I take back everything bad I ever said about Delany! This book is GREAT. Context: I had a warped view of Delany after reading The Fall of the Towers, a novel he apparently ...

Happy Mania, Famous Suicides, World on Fire, The Death of Why

Couple canned book reviews from Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire What a title, right? This is about two brothers whose father kills himself while being held for observation at an institution. The older brother, who also struggles with depression, and is also eventually the father of two young boys, reflects ...

Christmas Movies

I watched two family-friendly dog movies and a Focus on the Family-approved fantasy movie with my cousins over the break. Hachi: A Dog's Tale This is a SAD movie. It needs to come with a warning. I'm not kidding. Spoilers hidden, because the makers of this movie go out of ...

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INGREDIENTS: Water, black beans, corn, jalapeño peppers, tomato paste, onions, red bell peppers, modified food starch. Contains less than 1% of the following: salt, sugar, spice, potassium chloride, garlic powder, onion powder, natural flavor, corn syrup solids, dried chili pepper, calcium chloride, citric acid, paprika extract (color). It's Progresso's Black Bean Jalapeno soup! ...

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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