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Book Review: “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith

On one of those rare days that I spent several hours away from my computer and away from Tumblr, news broke that J.K. Rowling had written a new book under a pseudonym. I came home to a Tumblr dashboard full of posts relaying the news and I knew instantly that I’d be reading this book. […]

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Pop Culture

Twelfth Doctor 101

It has now been one week since the identity of the Twelfth Doctor was released. Has it really only been a week? I guess a week is a long time on Tumblr. In any case, we now know that Peter Capaldi will be playing the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi […]

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Life

Life Without Summer Vacation

In general, I have been pleased with my post-college life. I was able to find a job that actually utilizes my degree; I’m still at living at home, which keeps living costs down; and school writing assignments have disappeared from my life, leaving more room to work on writing projects of my own. There is […]

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Book Review: “Drift” by Rachel Maddow

Drift, Rachel Maddow’s book on the state of the American military, was first released last year. Despite being a huge fan of Maddow, I didn’t get a chance to read the book until just a few months ago. I was massively interested in her thesis statement – namely, that the American process of war has […]

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Pop Culture

A Serious Case of Harry Potter Nostalgia

So, how many of you have a Harry Potter origin story? I know a ton of people read the series, of course, but there is a special segment of that fanbase who really went all out. Did you attend midnight releases of the books? Did you buy tons of Potter-related merchandise? Did you read thousands […]

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Books

Book Review: “Havemercy” by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett

When I finally picked up Havemercy to read last month, I only knew two things about it. The book contained metal dragons, and one of the co-authors had co-authored a legendary Harry Potter fanfic that I adored (the Shoebox Project, if you’re interested).

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You Complete Me Internet

Awesome Ladies of YouTube

In recent years, I’ve found myself watching more and more content on YouTube. And, no, I don’t mean videos of cats falling off of chairs or whatever it is that makes the front page of YouTube. There are many vloggers (video bloggers), beauty gurus, book reviewers, and gamers who post consistently awesome content on a […]

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Writing

Writing When You Have a Day Job

A lot of people from my generation seem to consider themselves creative in some way. For many of us, the online world of user-friendly blog platforms got us into writing at an early age. I know that for me, both Blogspot and LiveJournal gave me an outlet where I could write about my day and […]

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Books

Book Review: “Neither Here Nor There,” by Bill Bryson

The first book that I picked up in the reading year of 2013 was Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There. The year was young and I wanted something fun and entertaining to read and I knew that Bryson would not disappoint. Indeed, this book about his travels in Europe was so funny that I found […]

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Pop Culture

What “30 Rock” Meant to Me

If you were a fan of 30 Rock, you know that last Thursday the series came to an end. For good. And while I know that it was time for the show to leave, I’m still sad that it won’t be on any more. You see, the show and Liz Lemon meant a lot to […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.08

We have now reached my final recap of The Thick of It. Since I’ve already recapped the fourth season when it was actually airing last fall, this is the final episode that needs to be recapped. As you might imagine, episode 8 of season 3 is rather emotionally charged because of what occurred in the […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.07

Well, folks, here we are. This is the episode that contains a humongous climax moment of The Thick of It. If you haven’t watched it yet and don’t want spoilers, I would suggest clicking away from this recap. I think that this episode shocks everyone who watches it for the first time because it’s not […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Retro Recap: The Thick of It, Episode 3.06

In the sixth episode of Season Three, we see several definite signs that the regime that’s been in power all throughout the series is coming to an end. People in the DoSAC office are talking candidly about “the end,” the PM’s popularity is flagging, and Malcolm finds himself in a bit of trouble when he […]

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

Retro Recap: The Thick of It, Episode 3.05

Welcome to another recap of The Thick of It. In the fifth episode of season three, Nicola Murray finds herself on BBC Radio’s “Five Live” program alongside her opposite number, Peter Mannion. Radio host Richard Bacon, played by himself, facilitates the “debate” that quickly turns to politics as usual, mudslinging, and spreading the blame around. […]

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Retro Recap: “The Thick of It,” Episode 3.04

Welcome back to my weekly recaps of The Thick of It! After a short holiday hiatus, I’m back to writing up my favorite British political satire this show. In the episode we’re recapping this week, some new themes are explored that haven’t really been touched upon before. Nicola Murray is, after all, as much a […]