15 Characters Who Struck a Chord

There's a meme going around that encourages folks to think of 15 characters off the top of their heads who influenced them & will always stick with them, with the caveat that this task should take no more than 15 minutes. I grabbed pen and paper, got to about five and then got stuck.  The … Continue reading 15 Characters Who Struck a Chord

On Twilight: An Explanation

[WARNING: Non-specific spoilers throughout.] I have a confession to make: I get it. You know.  The whole Twi-hard thing.  Sometimes I like to pretend I'm cool enough not to, but, in reality, I totally get it.  And I'm going to do my best to explain it to those of you who don't.  Here goes. If … Continue reading On Twilight: An Explanation

Ruminations on À Rebours

Where to start? As Oscar Wilde muses in Chapter 10 of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Joris-Karl Huysmans' À Rebours is a book without a plot, a mere psychological study, but a thorough one.  Because of that, it hardly seems worth it to  put up a spoiler warning, but here it is, nonetheless. [Mild spoilers … Continue reading Ruminations on À Rebours

Ruminations on A Doll’s House

There are certain things I miss about school.  One is the opportunity to truly delve into an analysis of literature.  It's something that's hard to do in a vacuum and without guidance.  Outside of school, there are few places of which I'm aware in which to discuss literature at an academic level and fewer places … Continue reading Ruminations on A Doll’s House

Recap: 16 June 2009 + Good news!

Wow, has it really been two-plus weeks since I've done a post? Sorry about that! I've been on vacation the past eight days, but now I'm back in the saddle (literally starting Sunday).What I WatchedThe Hangover (4 stars): This movie is, in my opinion, what Pineapple Express should have been. It was hilarious and outrageous, … Continue reading Recap: 16 June 2009 + Good news!

Recap: 31 May 2009

In this entry:Movies: Hooray!Writing: Blurg + a small hooray!Reading: I Dreams Do Come True1. What I WatchedNight at the Museum 2 (2½ stars): There are certainly worse ways to spend a couple of hours in a movie theatre, but the sequel to 2006's surprisingly amusing NatM was a pretty big letdown. I wasn't expecting much, … Continue reading Recap: 31 May 2009

Recap: 15 February 2009

Missed my recap last week due to the lack of a weekend thanks to work. But it definitely made me appreciate finally getting a break this weekend!What I WatchedHe's Just Not That Into You (3½ stars): A cut above your typical romantic comedy, but it doesn't hit the bar set by Love, Actually. Still, I … Continue reading Recap: 15 February 2009

Recap: 25 January 2009

Where did January go? I'm barely able to comprehend that it's 2009, let alone almost February 2009. Sheesh.What I WatchedRevolutionary Road (3½ stars): Any movie that makes you think is probably worth seeing, and this one certainly falls into that category. That being said, I didn't think this film was as effectively put together as, … Continue reading Recap: 25 January 2009