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Music

Ranking Olivia Newton John’s “Magic”

This past weekend, I made friends watch Xanadu for the first time. I also remembered how great and terrible and 80s the soundtrack is, and I can’t stop listening to it.

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Food

P-Mag’s Ultimate Cocktails: The Russian Lit

[Original publication date: May 8, 2014] Oh, I see you over there, Moscow Mules, with your vodka and fancy copper drinking vessels. Your existence is all well and good, but you do not contain the most magical of liquors: Gin. [ed. note: HELL YEAH!]

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Books

Rereading Harry Potter: 10 Questions I Have About The Magical World

Because I’m a cheater, I’m rereading the Harry Potter series in order to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal for this year. (Too lazy to hit the library for new books!) I reread the novels every year, but this is the first time I’ve really been reading with a critical eye. I sped through both Philosopher’s […]

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Food

P-Mag’s Ultimate Cocktails: The Russian Lit

Oh, I see you over there, Moscow Mules, with your vodka and fancy copper drinking vessels. Your existence is all well and good, but you do not contain the most magical of liquors: Gin (ed. note: HELL YEAH!).

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Games

A First Step Across the Plane in Magic: The Gathering

I’ve always been nerdy in that I like to read and wear glasses. But I’ve never been much for the big nerd (or geek) pursuits: I’m so-so on Tolkien and Doctor Who, I don’t care about Star Trek or Star Wars, and so on. I’ve never played “real” Dungeons and Dragons, and I only play […]

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Books

Reading Choices

As a kid, I could easily be described as a voracious reader, someone who accidentally incited a note home about reading a book in between words during a spelling test (note: I wasn’t cheating, I was utilizing vital reading time).

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Food

A Shortcut to Mushrooms

Have you ever sliced into a fresh mushroom, put your nose down next to it, and taken a deep breath? When I do, I’m instantly transported to a lush, evergreen forest, covered in moss and fallen pine needles, a damp, earthy scent filling my nostrils, just a hint of the chill of the air in […]

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Perspectives

Scenes That Instantly Ignite my Imagination

As a creative, daydreamy writer-type, it doesn’t take much to send my imagination swirling. But there are some things that are sort of dreamy little hot-buttons, and despite the fact that I’m An Adult now I still regress into childlike wonder whenever I see them.