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ANTI-CHRISTmas Reading List 2012

Keep the Saturn in Saturnalia! Sunrise on the winter solstice at Stonehenge. Maybe you’re like me.  I’m perfectly happy to admit that we all need a way to get through the miserable dark days of winter.  The Christmas holiday serves this purpose very nicely, allowing everyone to enjoy special time with friends and family, emphasize the goodness of the human spirit and find reasons to be nice to strangers. But maybe the whole Christ part of the holiday grates on you a bit.   Maybe you’ve been worn down by the inevitable yearly encounter with a smug Christian who [...]

December 10th, 2012|Tags: , , |

Let’s Have a Readover!

You guys, I CANNOT BELIEVE this weather! It's the first week of May and I'm staring out a rain-speckled window at the torrential, all-day downpour that is very much raining on my parade. I'm supposed to go out tonight, but instead of putting on a raincoat and dragging around a soggy umbrella and ruining my hair, do you know what I really want to do? I want to have a readover! A readover is a slumber party for nerds that I just made up. But instead of playing Mystery Date and freezing each others' bras, we'll put on our coziest [...]

May 4th, 2012|Tags: , , |

It’s not you, it’s me.

Right now, I'm about two-thirds through Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do, by Gabriel Thompson. This book came out in 2010, and I had it on my "vague intentions of reading" library list for nearly a year before finally requesting it. I think I was afraid it would be intimidatingly statistic-filled, or dry and scholarly, or just too much of a downer — the same reasons my Netflix (er, I mean QWIKSTER) queue is full of impressively highbrow, award-winning, critically-acclaimed films that I blow right past in my haste to find the latest streaming [...]

September 23rd, 2011|Tags: , |