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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

Cherie Curie, “Neon Angel”

I read this several months ago, after seeing the Runaways movie, and I am writing it up now so that I can add the link to my recently read books. Since I already reviewed the movie, I'll focus on the things in the book that were not in the ...

Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, by Florence King

lent this book to me. Thanks Aya! Ignore the stupid pink cover, this is actually a great, substantive book that gets straight to the heart of overheated Southern puritanism, and to the process by which girls (specifically Southern girls of a certain era, but still partially true of girls ...

Dean and Me: A Love Story, by Jerry Lewis

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were a(n extremely popular) double comedy act in the era before rock 'n roll. Dean Martin sang and looked handsome while Jerry Lewis did dumb things to get his attention, was the basic premise.The act ran 10 years to the day -- from 1946 ...

Is it…yes, it is! The return of the bookblog!

Not the backblog meme, sadly, though I swear I will get to that before I die even if it kills me. These are all books I read since. Robert Angell, Let Me Finish: I got so caught up reading New York Times Book Reviews about literary ...

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 ...

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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