Category Archives: books

So Long Ago

One of the stories I’ve been reading recently is set at a dinner party. It’s not exactly Mrs. Dalloway, but it is good, and I can relate to it better because it’s set in America, albeit 1950s America. There is something about the 1950 American dinner party that seems so remote to me; at first when I was reading the story, it was hard for me to identify with the kind of upper-class people being depicted in the story, the whole idea of “summering” away…

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Everything in its proper place

This past weekend I picked up a CD/DVD rack from Best Buy. Mind you, I haven’t exactly been buying that many CDs or DVDs (or even video games) lately, but I have bought so many books that I needed to repurpose one of my DVD towers for books. I put the storage rack together over the weekend, and it was a huge hassle because the directions weren’t all that clear; I had to put several of the supports on three different times before I got…

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The Silliness of Image

Although I’ve always had a fairly strong non-comfortist streak, for about a couple of years after I first started going to private school, I really worked hard at trying to fit in and gain acceptance with the “cool” crowd in my class. I begged and whined at my parents until they got me the $40 shirts everyone else was wearing to school, I refused to wear anything my parents bought from K-Mart (which was the family’s primary outfitter at the time), I got heavily into…

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Piles of piles

Several months ago, it was hard not to notice just how many piles of entertainment media I had in my room. These piles had started accumulating a little over a year ago as my time just got completely sapped up with finishing my MA, but even after graduating I noticed that the piles just kept getting bigger and bigger. It wasn’t that I didn’t have free time, but I lacked the initiative to go through them for some reason. Granted, in some cases I was…

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