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Animal violence in books stresses me out

18 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

I was reading a really interesting, well-written, compelling book the other day about a particularly dark time in history when a character’s pet entered the stage. I didn’t need to know what would happen next. It might happen in 50 pages ...

Honesty in eulogy

17 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

In death, it seems that people become saintly, with reputations for perfection that quickly calcify around them. In the hours and days following their last breaths, they’re turned into airbrushed, hyperreal yet also fictional versions of ...

Bad people can make good things

16 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chinatown (1974) is, unarguably, one of the greatest movies in 20th century US film, and it’s routinely listed as one of the finest examples of 20th century filmmaking worldwide. It’s a brilliantly executed, wonderfully realised, ...

Who shall look at our dead?

15 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

Last year was a horrific year for young men of colour — as indeed is every year in the United States — as numerous cases of terrible police shootings made the headlines and confronted white people in the US with the reality of what ...

Book Review: Marina, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

12 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

Of Marina, Carlos Ruiz Zafón notes that he knew from the start that this was to be his last young adult novel, and that it made up a sort of farewell in addition to a tale told for the sake of telling a story. I thought of his words as I read the ...

What I saw and where I went

11 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

Today I am winging my way back from Japan (in fact, this post is scheduled to go up right around the time my plane lands), where I spent three weeks in Tokyo and Kyoto, which were amazing and wonderful. Thankfully I had a bilingual host — Japan is ...

Mocking athletes isn’t actually very cool

9 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

A few months ago, a bit of a meme was going about. It seemed like everyone I knew was linking to a comment thread at a bodybuilding site in which people appeared to be arguing over how many days there were in a week. As a friend who lifts pointed ...
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