I have too many books. There: I said it. I used to be a voracious reader of books, but now I am…less so. The decline set in around the time I started being paid to read academic text for a living. It broke me. If you’ve read unedited academic papers, you’ll know what I mean.… Continue reading The To-Read Pile
Horror is an interesting genre. It covers a multitude of movies, from cheap home-made efforts to Oscar winners like Silence of the Lambs. The longer I thought about it, the less idea I had about what exactly counted as “horror.” Sure, there were the obvious – Halloween, American Werewolf in London, Wolf Creek, The Flintstones… Continue reading #FridayNightFright 2017
Remember how I was supposed to be giving up sugar? It’s going really well.
Recently, Guardian columnist Victoria Coren Mitchell wrote about how oppressive the current news cycles are and then suggested a list of things that make her happy. I think this is both an excellent idea and a relatively stress-free exercise for someone looking to maintain a weekly blog-posting schedule. In that spirit, here is my list.… Continue reading On happy thoughts
Toska: “No single word in English renders all the shades of toska. At its deepest and most painful, it is a sensation of great spiritual anguish, often without any specific cause. At less morbid levels it is a dull ache of the soul, a longing with nothing to long for, a sick pining, a vague… Continue reading The Anti-Toska
Sometimes, the build-up to a movie is as important as the watching – how you feel as you get ready to watch a film will inevitably color how much you enjoy the film itself. For example? I’m pleased I pretended you asked. I remembered liking the original John Wick movie – an action movie with… Continue reading Review: On John Wick Chapter 2
Austin is the self-styled “Live Music Capital of the World“, which is mostly wasted on me. I wasn’t brought up to appreciate live music – the only communal experience I was used to was going to the movies. I didn’t know anyone who went to see live music when I was growing up. That lasted… Continue reading On the Best Concert I Ever Saw