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Tagged With: Reading

A Very Harry Potter Christmas (Accio Holidays!)

This year we hosted my parents for Christmas dinner. My mom is a Harry Potter nut, I’m quite fond of the books, and my dad has read them all and knows them pretty well, so I decided to have a Harry Potter-themed Christmas this year. (Gene had never read any of them but I was … Continue reading »

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The hitchhiker’s guide to my outfit

Kris: “How do I look?” Gene: “Great!” Kris: “Okay, but do I look cool and hip? Like a hip, cool, hoopy frood?” Gene: “Totally.” Kris: “Do I in fact look like the kind of girl who does not say things like ‘hoopy frood’ and has no idea what that means?” Gene: “Sure.” Kris: “Zarking right … Continue reading »

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Correction

Friend: “I actually met Jonathan Franzen once. I said the worst, dumbest possible thing.” Me: “Which is?” Friend: “‘Oh, hi, I’m a big fan!’” Me: “Nah, I think the worst thing you can say to Jonathan Franzen is ‘Oh, hi! I thought Infinite Jest was great.’”

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Nothing new

“…the present generation tried to achieve a reputation for cleverness by decrying all that was obviously great and obviously good and by praising everything, however obviously bad, that was different.” – Elizabeth von Arnim, writing about our great-grandparents’ generation in 1922. And we thought we were so cutting-edge.

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The daily

Lately I’ve taken to sending Gene a daily sample of the most ridiculous headline I can find on CNN.com. I would like to share a few from the last month or so: Justin Bieber’s monkey quarantined Dog tattoos: cruel or prudent? Cute woodchuck eats ice cream Saget’s X-rated ‘Full House’ memory Sandwich buyer in a … Continue reading »

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Sage

“You should certainly have more children — not that I like children very much (I find them tiresome) but they grow up into people if you give them time. In my young days parents were not afraid to admit that they found their children tiresome. Now it is considered unnatural and yet people have fewer. … Continue reading »

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Good reads

I curate my entire personal library¬† — currently just over eleven hundred books, but there’s room to grow — on Goodreads. Yesterday the word went out that Amazon has purchased Goodreads. Initially I was dismayed, because that’s the reaction everyone has when a Big acquires a Small. But once my knee calmed down and stopped … Continue reading »

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Pulp Classics

A fun new game… Make your own taglines!

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Vintage Romance

I’ve recently discovered that I accidentally wasted 33 years of my life not reading D.E. Stevenson’s books. She wrote what Wikipedia is pleased to call “light romantic novels” and she published one book (sometimes more) pretty much every year from 1923 to 1970. I am making up for my unconscionable lack of judgment now by … Continue reading »

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Driving Miss Austen

You know what I realized today? Fanny Price would be a terrible driver. Imagine Fanny trying to merge: she’d be letting six, seven cars through — basically, she would just sit there until a kind driver in the other lane took pity on her and waved her in. Several times. And I’d be sitting behind … Continue reading »

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