Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

First of all, the title of this book has been confusing a few people in my life. Neel Mukherjee’s novel has nothing to do with the movie of the same name, about a Stasi spy in East Germany. It’s set in India in the 1960s and chronicles the unravelling lives of the Ghosh family in Calcutta. It’s long, and it’s epic, so of course I loved it. It’s also very good. Read More Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Record Machine: The Community College Comes A’Callin,’ Part 2

A few months ago, I wrote about how our local community college library needed assistance sorting some vinyl they’d discovered in the basement, and how enthusiastically I raised my hand. Friends, never let it be said that your obsessions cannot be handsomely rewarded, for the college officially hired me to sort and catalog all eight boxes of records.

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Record Machine: “Time of the Season” by The Zombies

My first thought when playing this 1968 single is that the A-side and the B-side almost sound like two different bands. The Zombies’ “Time of the Season” is a well-known, somewhat moody song, and the flip, “Friends of Mine,” could be mistaken for a twee modern band.

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Grandma Had it Goin’ On: Your Guide to Vintage Fashion of the 1960s

Welcome back to all things vintage!  I hope since last week you’ve raided an old lady’s house for her secret stash of girdles and are ready for more.  We’ve covered the general how-to of buying vintage and the 1950s.  Today we tackle the decade of yeah, baby! and Jackie. When we put pill boxes on our heads at Church and then took them off to twist and shout. Get out your teasing comb and hairspray. As Tracy Turnblatt would say: welcome to the sixties! Read More Grandma Had it Goin’ On: Your Guide to Vintage Fashion of the 1960s