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A Fine Whine

On Saturday I, like so many others, joined the Women’s March in my home state. It was inspiring and exhilarating to be with 100,000 other people who see the world as I do. In a world that has seemed to turn upside down, where the press secretary claims the current president had “the largest audience […]

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Opting out of the zombie apocalypse

Let’s just say that in the event of a zombie or post-election apocalypse, I’m not the gal you want by your side. As the brutality of Walking Dead amps up each season, I am more inclined to think the lucky ones were those who were killed early on. The ones who survived not only had […]

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Identity and Work

I posted once in 2015. Once. This year, I determined to be more consistent. Julia Sweeney, one of my favorite celebrities (her performance Letting Go of God was a life-changing listen for me) posted in January that she would try to post once a month in 2016. That seemed a reasonable goal. Except it’s already […]

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Elizabeth is Missing

Rating: Maud is confused about many things, but there is one thing she’s sure of: Elizabeth is missing. A fitting book to mark my return to blogging, it would seem, since I have pretty much dropped off the face of the earth, internetally speaking. What can I say? It’s been a tough year. I’m on […]

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The F-Word: Feminism

If I asked you if you believed women should have equal rights, that men and women should have the same opportunities regardless of sex, that one’s value should not be associated with one’s gender, you would likely agree (unless you’re an asshole). But what if I asked if you’re a feminist? Feminism has become the […]

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Why Have Kids?

Rating: For those immediately offended by the title of this book, calm down. It was written by a mother, and she’s not bashing the institution of parenthood. She’s just bringing it down to earth. As a thirty-something woman who has chosen not to have kids, I have to admit the title of the book actually […]

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Rating: This is a book for book lovers, and for those interested in technological advances. These would seem to be contradictory desires, but Robin Sloan seamlessly weaves the reverence for beautifully-bound tomes with the excitement of Google and programming and code-breaking and all it may have to offer. There’s a secret society and a cute […]

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The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Rating: As many of you know, I have been slogging cheerfully making my way through the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die.  As a companion to this list, there is a 1001 Movies to See Before You Die, which I am also keeping tabs on. As a bonus, I can cross items off my […]

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Casino Royale

Rating: I know very little about James Bond. When I was a kid, we used to watch a cartoon about James Bond, Jr. (his son, I presume?), and all I can recall is him saying “My name is Bond. James Bond. Junior.” So now, every time I hear Bond revealing his name to someone, I […]

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Nicholas Nickleby

Rating: For a man who wrote A Tale of Two Cities, the expansive exploration of Paris and London during wartime, and Great Expectations, with the highly memorable Miss Havisham, the brooding spinster still in her unused wedding dress, this tale seems a bit…empty for Dickens. It’s like a Jane Austen novel without the joy of […]

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