31 Days of Halloween — Day 16, A Bevy of Draculas

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It’s not the Halloween season without a new take on the Dracula legend blighting our nation’s movie theaters. This year’s entry is Dracula Untold, in which were are told the ‘true’ back story of the villainous count, because none of the other eleventy billion Dracula movies has gotten the tale right. Now, Dracula Untold has some things going for it, in so … Read More

[E] Slay Belle31 Days of Halloween — Day 16, A Bevy of Draculas

Kickstartable: Orchard House – Home of Little Women: Documentary

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Book lovers, you will love this week’s Kickstartable. Did you know that that the house where Little Women was set was a real home? And that it still exists? And that you can visit? I was able to ask Jan Turnquist, the executive director of Orchard House some questions about this week’s project: Orchard House – Home of Little Women: … Read More

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Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

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Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North has won this year’s Man Booker Prize! I’m halfway through it, and it’s good, so we all have my review to look forward to. But let’s wrap up the rest of the shortlisted novels first.

KaroReading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

Know Thy Dog

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Dog owners, I’ve got some bad news. Almost everything is potentially dangerous to dogs. Google any pet related item or activity, and I promise you’ll find a few horror stories about it. Hit the streets with your dog often enough, and you’ll probably get some unsolicited advice about everything you’re doing wrong. This is why so much of good pet … Read More

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Poetry Corner: “Leisure” by W.H. Davies

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We all have poems that stay with us, don’t we? I remember finding “Leisure” in my Grandmother’s copy of Palgrave’s Golden Treasury. It was the most beautiful little book. A hardback in the kind of green that reminds me of meadows and paddocks. So here, to escape into poetry for a few minutes, is “Leisure” by W.H. Davies:

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 15, Teenaged Wolf Girls

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It seems that teenaged girlhood and werewolf transformation would be an obvious metaphor that should have been trampled into banality by now. You have, of course, the irrationality and unpredictability of hormones, the physical evolution of the female form during puberty, and the onset of the menstrual cycle, which is both obviously bloody, classically tied to the full moon, and … Read More

[E] Slay Belle31 Days of Halloween — Day 15, Teenaged Wolf Girls