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Reading List: Top 5 Favorite Books – 2014

Ah yes, we’re in the thick of the year-end “best of” lists floating about the internet, but far be it from me to miss out on telling you what my favorites were this year. Are you in need of reading suggestions? Look no further.

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Modern Classics: Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

There are certain books that people like to pretend they have read, although very few actually have. Ulysses is one of them, and I never got my head around that one. With Infinite Jest, I persevered, and it was worth it.

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Book Review: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

This book had been on my to-read list for a few years, which is not an unusually long time for me. I knew, though, that I had to prioritize this one when I saw Angela Davis speak in Hyde Park last month. She spoke about feminism and race and Assata Shakur (if you haven’t heard […]

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Expat Ramblings: Watching The English, Part 2

I’m so glad I came across Kate Fox’s book – being able to formulate and understand rules helps me a lot generally, and in this case I can finally put some things into words that have vaguely puzzled me for a while now. Yes, many things about the English are weird. So finally making sense of […]

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Ladyguides

Lit Mags I Have Known: A Short Guide

Often I hear it said that the only people who read literary magazines are other writers. There might be some truth to that, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In a time where many newspapers and magazines are still not giving women their equitable due, sometimes it pays to look off the beaten […]

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Movies

Detropia: A Review

Let me tell you a story about Detroit. Once upon a time, cars were made in Detroit. Because of the cars, people had good jobs. They could afford a good lifestyle, with college for the kids and maybe a cottage up north. People flocked to Detroit from all corners of the US of A (and […]

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Recipe Review: Curried Coconut Lentil Soup

This week I am trying something new. Instead of posting one of “my own” recipes (in quotation marks because I know I did not come up with them out of the blue, I’ve just been making them for so long that they are probably nothing like the original source material that I’ve forgotten by now […]

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Books

Book Review: “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith

If it’s odd that one of my favorite books centers around a sociopathic murderer, I don’t care.

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Movies

Celeste & Jesse Forever Forever: A Review by Meg

I’ll be honest here. Despite my longstanding love affair with Rashida Jones, I went into C&J4evs fully prepared to be underwhelmed. Or, at the most, just whelmed. I am happy to report that I was so, so, so wrong.

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Crossposts

We Try It: YSL Long Wear Cream Eyeliner

Today, I’m bringing you a brand new review of the YSL Effet Faux Cils Long Wear Cream Eyeliner, which you can buy for 25 USD at your local Sephora.

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Food

“The Recipe Project” by One Ring Zero + More

The Recipe Project: A Delectable Extravaganza of Food and Music lands firmly in the “Ridiculous-but-Awesome” corner of my mental filing system. It’s nestled between Party People Chopsticks and Timberbrit, an opera “that imagines Spears’ last concert, in the final hours of her life. Timberlake returns after a long absence to win back Spears’ love, but […]

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Book Review: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

About the only review I’ve ever read for Cloud Atlas that I now know comes close to doing it justice is a tweet from Ayelet Waldman, which I must paraphrase for it was a while ago: “I wish I could re-experience the feeling of reading Cloud Atlas for the first time.” The first time blows […]

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We try it!

We Try It!: Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser

I’m just going to completely honest here and say what’s on my mind: I have problems with my face. Specifically, I have a skin problem. I’ve written about it before, and in the same context as this one, which is me trying to find a way to deal with a perennially irritated, flaky, red patch […]

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Books

Blue Nights, Red Soles

Roughly halfway through Blue Nights, Joan Didion’s most recent release, she quotes something her daughter once said: “Like when someone dies, don’t dwell on it.” Once the phrase is spoken, it returns throughout the remainder of the essay, almost a touchstone for both Didion and her reader. 

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Book Review: Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

In the past five years or so, a new sub-genre of the memoir and humor sections has sprung up: female TV comedy writers writing semi-autobiographical collections of essays. From Amy Sedaris to Chelsea Handler, just in the past year there’s been Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Hilary Winston’s My Boyfriend Wrote A Book About Me (which I […]