News Appetizers: Can’t Top Thursday’s Joy!

It’s one of those news days where things are interesting but nothing is as awesome as the overturn of DOMA and Prop. 8. But let’s see what’s going on, shall we?

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Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: Show Boat (1951)

This week’s classic movie pick masks the seriousness of some of the topic in the plot with glossy musical numbers and an engaging love story. The film is Show Boat, made in 1951 and based on the Edna Ferber novel and the musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. The film stars Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Joe E. Brown, and Agnes Moorehead and was directed by George Sidney. Read More Classic Woman-centric Movie Review: Show Boat (1951)

Two Questions About The West Wing, 4×05 and 4×06

The Bartlet White House is well on its way to election night. What madcap adventures will our ragtag ideologues get into this week? Read More Two Questions About The West Wing, 4×05 and 4×06

Etiquette: Pet Ownership

Having recently become a single dog owner, I’ve been thinking about pet etiquette, or pet-iquette, if you will (or won’t), quite a bit lately. Sometimes being a pet parent is exhausting. The process of merely walking and feeding my dog on a schedule can be overwhelming. I’m sure sometimes cat owners don’t want to clean the litter box. But there are so many things we must do, and so, I present to you, the etiquette of pets, or… Read More Etiquette: Pet Ownership

Book Review: This Close: Stories by Jessica Francis Kane

Not many short story collections are entirely wonderful. One or two stories, while not necessarily un-enjoyable, usually feel like filler. And yet, Jessica Francis Kane’s new collection, This Close, is quite near perfect. It left me wishing for one more story, which likely means that the length of the book is exactly right. Twelve stories, some related and some standalone, navigate the yearning for connection and the complex interior lives that we all have. Read More Book Review: This Close: Stories by Jessica Francis Kane