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2013 Reading Summary and the Plan for 2014

10 months agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

I don't generally keep track of my reading on any sort of statistical level. I read what I read for reasons that are as much about the mood I'm in when it comes time to start a new book as anything else (probably more than any other reason, to be honest). Show More Summary

I Write Terrible Poems

2 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

Don't you just hate really earnest poetry? I don't mean the seriousness and melodrama of the Victorians, or the obliqueness of the Modernists, or even the loony bullshit of sound poets (well, okay, maybe I mean the loony bullshit ofShow More Summary

A Bit of News

2 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

It's been a long time since I've updated. Some things have happened that have kept this blog a low priority: I did some freelance work, switched jobs a couple of times, and have gone through some personal issues. I've taken on a newShow More Summary

Friday Reads: Blueprints of the Afterlife, by Ryan Boudinot

2 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

"Friday Reads," if you're not familiar with the phrase, is a phenomenon on Twitter where folks use the #FridayReads hashtag to talk about, and usually recommend, the books they happen to be reading (you know, on Friday). It doesn't sound like much, but it's kind of fun and cute and whatever, the way Twitter hashtags are. Show More Summary

Godblog, by Laurie Channer

2 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

Godblog wasn't a bad book, but there were some structural problems that kept it from being a really good one. Most of the first hundred pages could have been cut without damaging the plot, and it would have given the book a tighter, more focused feel. Show More Summary

The Complete Lockpick Pornography, by Joey Comeau

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

So here's the deal: The Complete Lockpick Pornography is actually two short novels, Lockpick Pornography and We All Got It Coming, which has been described as its "thematic sequel." I picked it up at Indie Lit Night at the Starlight Lounge this past Tuesday, where Joey gave a hilarious reading, and we had a great chat. Show More Summary

Community Without Dan Harmon

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

As a fan of Community, it's been a week of ups and downs. First there were rumours of cancelation, trotted out like the reliable workhorses they proved to be when the show was put on mid-season hiatus. And then we got the reprieve; thirteen more episodes, but getting moved to Fridays starting in June of all months. Show More Summary

Biographemes and A.S. Byatt's The Biographer's Tale

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

This paper was researched and written over the course of almost a year, starting in May 2002 and ending in April 2003, under the direction of the amazing Dr. Sarah Tolmie, at the University of Waterloo. Many things have changed since then, and I would not come to all the same conclusions today. Show More Summary

Exit, by Nelly Arcan

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

This piece originally appeared in issue 83 of Canadian Notes & Queries under the title "Half In Love With Death." Viktor Frankl, founder of the Viennese school of existential psychotherapy called "logotherapy," wrote that happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. Show More Summary

Walk Like A Man, by Robert J. Wiersema

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

Full disclosure: I consider Rob a friend, though I by no means claim membership in the Circle, and Rob knows that I have enough respect for him to be unflinchingly honest in my assessment of this book—indeed, because I respect him, I could not behave otherwise. Show More Summary

Community, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, and Rumours

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

Here's the deal, kids. Nobody's been cancelled yet, except 30 Rock. Here's what went down: There has been talk on Twitter and blogs and whatnot that 30 Rock was getting a 13 episode season for next year, which would be its last. That...Show More Summary

Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock 'n' Roll, by Nick Tosches

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

One of the things I like about good music writing is, somewhat surprisingly, something it has in common with good sports writing: you don't have to be a fan of the subject matter to enjoy it. For the most part, I don't care for country music. Show More Summary

The Maladjusted, by Derek Hayes

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

Appropriately titled, the common denominator across nearly all of the stories in Toronto-based author Derek Hayes' first collection is a character who is so wrapped up in themselves, has internalized their neuroses to such a degree,Show More Summary

Soon This Will All Be Gone, by catl

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

Full disclosure: I was the copyeditor for the cover art of Soon This Will All Be Gone, but I had no involvement with the music; indeed, I haven't even met the band in person. I went to see catl with a friend of mine a little over a year ago. Show More Summary

Steampunk 101

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

I mentioned in an earlier post that this year I'm going to make an effort to reacquaint myself with my nerdy roots, and true to my word I've already begun in earnest. I've finished the first book from my three-volume H.P. Lovecraft collection,...Show More Summary

Music to Read By

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

So last night's post about the blues was sort of accidental. I had intended to write about what I listen to when I read. For years I was the sort of person who could read anywhere, regardless of what was going on around me. In university,...Show More Summary

Drinking, Fighting, and Fucking: Lessons in the Real Folk Blues

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

It's no secret that I'm a huge blues fan. An argument could be made that the blues, as a genre, is at the core of all modern Western popular music, from jazz, rock 'n' roll, and country, right up to dubstep and digital hardcore. But that's not why I love it. Show More Summary

The Whole of A.S. Byatt's Oeuvre, Briefly Stated

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

I've been reading The Children's Book recently, and came across a passage that struck me as important. If you want to understand A.S. Byatt's work, not the whole of it, of course (post title notwithstanding), but the catalyst, the detonator,...Show More Summary

The Good Wife: Season One

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

I'm a newcomer to the CBS legal drama The Good Wife, now in its third season. I've spent the last day and a half watching the first season from my sick bed. It was a combination of things that made me finally give in, despite the fact that a new network legal drama wasn't particularly high up on my priorities. Show More Summary

Looking Ahead to 2012

3 years agoEntertainment / Books : Vestige

I don't do resolutions. Not because it's a cliché; I sometimes think those are all right. Rather it's because I just don't ever stick to them. Things happen, blah blah blah. I could give you excuses, but that's how things wind up going. Show More Summary

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