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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

Zygmunt Bauman

Or, books I have been reading for class, Part 2. Skipping The Century and Postmodernism and Discipline and Punish to post this, since I have it typed up already: Bauman is awesome because he speaks directly to young people – he talks about "searching out ways of being" and "looking ...

Alain Badiou, Ethics

Or, books I have been reading for class, Part 1. I think I should probably have read this after Postmodernism, Or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism by Fredric Jameson, because it is a stab at a solution to a problem I hadn't known existed. XD Namely, ...

Barbara Ehrenreich, “Bright-Sided”

Subtitle: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. I'm gonna dump some text here so I can have a "review" to link to from Goodreads (where I'm about three months behind). Text is mostly taken from this comment I left way back in ...

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 ...

Finished Omnivore’s Dilemma

Thoughts on the last section of The Omnivore's Dilemma: It is, as R promised, hilarious. Pollan starts cooking on Tuesday! For dinner on Saturday! And then he worries that his dinner won't be good enough! (Oh noes! The pie is burnt! That means my dinner is ruined!) Also, ...

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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