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Mission Park

I went to the Mission Park premiere and reception at the Brattle Theater the other night. Bethie wanted to turn back when we saw the limos and camera flashes, but I’m a blogger! That means jeans are the perfect ensemble … Continue reading

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Lord Stabbington

The last few days of school had a lot of angst for my students as summer couples separated. I always enjoy being the older confidante in teenage adventures, but this particular situation reminded me so much of being exactly my … Continue reading

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The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold, begins by introducing the protagonist, Susie Salmon (like the fish, she reminds us), who is dead, murdered by a neighbor who’s made smalltalk with her parents a few times. As her community searches for … Continue reading

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The Ancient Bracelet Of Detect Plot

I stumbled onto this list of writers’ guidelines over at Clarkesworld Magazine, and I thought this list of sci-fi and fantasy cliches was so impressive I had to share. Though no particular setting, theme, or plot is anathema to us, … Continue reading

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From The Knees

The number 33 bus takes you right to Port Authority. Trust me, Montclair is the knees.  We have Globe Trotter Antiques. We have the Wellmont Theater.  Silent movies with organ.  The Montclair Art Gallery. George Inness. Have you heard of … Continue reading

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Playing Quidditch

“Stick? Can you play Quidditch for me?” I recently rented Harry Potter for the DS, and the Quidditch parts are just as annoying as they are in the books and movies. Unlike the books and movies, I can’t flip a … Continue reading

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Wesleyan Commencement Speech

When I went to Bethie’s graduation last month, Anna Quindlen was the commencement speaker. (I know this is not exactly timely, but it took me a while to get my thoughts into a coherent shape) I was really excited to … Continue reading

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Wolverine

Going into a superhero movie, we all know that we have to suspend our disbelief just a little bit more, but ill-defined powersets abound in the new X-Men Origins. Really, how many extra-strong, invulnerable guys with extendable knuckle claws can … Continue reading

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At The Video Store

Sometimes I forget how much having lived in China affects me. I don’t mean my new appreciation for bread and cheese, although I think Chinese food has something to do with that. I mean how out of the American loop … Continue reading

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Nick Bounty

The Nick Bounty mysteries are flash games (or free downloads) from the independent Pinhead Games company. The first mystery is called A Case Of The Crabs and the second The Goat In The Gray Fedora, which gives you an idea … Continue reading

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