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News

Friday News Bites: Male Strippers Stop Robbery, New Big Bang Evidence + More

Yeah, I thought that headline might get your attention. Also, possibly the most hateful man in the world has died. Let’s get to this week’s stories that struck my interest:

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News

Friday News: Crap Towns and One Ugly Lady

Happy Friday! Let’s make it slightly more Eurocentric this week, why don’t we?

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Perspectives

Stranger in the Strangest Land

I blame the books. Jane Austen and Agatha Christie, I’m looking at you. Sternly.

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Books

Book Review: The Lady and Her Monsters by Roseanne Montillo

The subtitle is what drew my attention to The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece. I love knowing what goes into notable works of art, be they books, paintings, music, or any other creative endeavor. Because Frankenstein is one of those books that […]

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Writing

I Don’t Want to Be a Writer… But I Am

I don’t want to be a writer but I can’t stop writing. That’s a lie. Let me start over…

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LadyGhosts of TV Past

What I Watched Last Night: Bleak House, Episode 2

See, it is totally possible for me to write for this section and not talk about Doctor Who. I have diverse interests, man. There’s no one trick pony-ness here! Just because I am obsessive about a handful of things doesn’t mean… Oh, what’s that? This is also a BBC series with actors from other things […]

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Canadian Politics

The Problems with Canadian Wilderness

If you grew up in Canada in any time between the 1970s and the early 1990s and watched any broadcast television, you will probably be familiar with the Hinterland Who’s Who, small video vignettes, or public service announcements, which feature film footage of Canadian animals in their natural habitat, accompanied by a sonorous flute tune.  While […]

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Travel

Scotland: A Crash Course

Burns Night has not long been upon us and so I thought a little introduction to Scotland might be enjoyed. By little introduction, I mean lots of little introductions to some of the things that make Scotland what it is. Uh, by the way, I’m Scottish, in case that wasn’t already evident, and I live […]

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Books

Recommended Reading: Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

READ THIS BOOK. READ IT. IF YOU LIKE FAIRY TALES: READ IT. IF YOU LIKE MARGARET ATWOOD: READ IT. IF YOU LIKE BOOKS AT ALL: READ IT. YOU WILL LIKE IT. I PROMISE.

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Crossposts

Origin Stories: Watership Down

Rabbits (says Mr. Lockley) are like human beings in many ways. One of these is certainly their staunch ability to withstand disaster and to let the stream of their life carry them along, past reaches of terror and loss. They have a certain quality which it would not be accurate to describe as callousness or […]

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Crossposts

Origin Stories: Ender’s Game

Over at The World Is Yours, Sara P. started a series called Origin Stories about children’s and young adult literature that shaped her adult worldview and the way her perspective on these pieces has shifted as she’s grown older. She has opened up the series for multiple contributors, and we are looking forward to featuring some […]

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Books

It’s Lonely in the Rye

…I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all.  Thousands of little kids, and nobody’s around–nobody big, I mean–except me.  And I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.  What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over […]

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Books

My Problem With “The Help”

I started reading The Help for a few reasons: because it was sitting in the living room when I came home for the summer, because Emma Stone is in the upcoming movie adaption, and (more importantly) because I had noticed quite a bit of criticism being written and linked to regarding The Help on some […]

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Book Club

Nerd Alert: Persephone Book Club To Read The Hobbit

That’s right, y’all! Inspired by the recent excitement concerning the Hobbit movie, I decided to re-read the book over the holiday weekend. I was further inspired to implore you all to read it again (or for the first time!) so we can get our nerd on next week and talk about it.

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Books

The Cheerfulness of a Stalwart Man: An Evening with Stephen Fry

Way back in April it was announced that Stephen Fry would be stopping in The Hague on his book tour to promote his new autobiography, The Fry Chronicles. My friend Anne and I jumped at the chance to see him live and immediately reserved our tickets at the theatre where he would be speaking. Last night, […]