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yum and yuck, mine is yum.

-Tom Robbins-

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Archive - 2012

December 12th

Carry the One

Carol Anshaw

Enthralled by the first 20 pages, I was licking my chops. I love stories of dysfunctional families.

December 1st

Greg Herren How I Love YOU

Mambo Mardi Gras is essentially the same book as Greg's previous works, but I love him unabashedly.

Thanks Greg for the fun and the thoughtfulness.

Birthdays

First, every year it surprises me that I have managed to reach a new marker.

For so long, really since a teenager, I have not been able to project myself much farther into the future than a few months. Here I am at 61, wow, who woulda thought?

November 29th

Viola Smith

September 16th

Sleepless Nights

Elizabeth Hardwick

Elizabeth Hardwick

When Sigrid Nunez' book Siempre Susan was recommended by a voice (thank you Tree) who has my attention, I quickly checked it out from the library.

July 13th

Tiny Furniture

Lena Dunham's first feature film, Tiny Furniture received good reviews when it toured the film festivals. It languished as "saved" in my Netflix queue for months until Dunham's GIRLS was picked up by Showtime. Got to admit that I was a bit disappointed with Tiny Furniture after reading Dunham on Twitter and the stellar reviews from the festivals.

June 2nd

Aristotle & Dante

Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Saenz

When Scott Cranin recommends a book or film, I listen

May 17th

!Women Art Revolution

A lifetime of searching for women's work in our common culture has left me furious and disdainful of modern America. It is not much better now than it was in 1984 when on a road trip to Colorado I cursed and ranted at the radio because of the absence of women performers. On the way home from work yesterday, I did the same.

March 12th

HANNA

HANNA

I have to thank TheReelCharlie for this step outside my usual comfort zone for a very good film.

February 29th

The Guard

Brendon Gleeson The Guard (Garda)

The Guard is profane, rude and on the surface racist, sexist and homophobic,

but the absurdity of those isms is the real point.

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