Category Archives: Poetry

Even a Miracle Needs a Hand

I know Christmas is over, but it’s still Christmastide, so I might as well write this review now: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (1974) – I know I saw this as a kid, and I remember some of the music … Continue reading

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A Performance with Merritt

The idea behind the Magnetic Fields’ 50 Song Memoir is that Stephin Merritt would write fifty songs, one for each year of his life. He’s actually fifty-one now, but these things take a while to coalesce. He’s premiering the songs … Continue reading

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Growing Up Magical

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman – A twist on the concept of the feral child raised by animals instead tells about a kid raised by the spirits of the dead, with some help from a few other supernatural beings … Continue reading

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Don’t Hate, Annotate

When I was growing up, my grandmother had a copy of The Annotated Alice, with annotations by Martin Gardner. I found it incredibly fascinating, and I later read his Annotated Hunting of the Snark as well. I don’t think I’d … Continue reading

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Burn Me Thrice, Shame on You

It’s known that there are two distinct groups of gods in Norse mythology as it’s come down to the modern day, the Aesir and the Vanir. That is, if you don’t count the giants, elves, and dwarves, who also frequently … Continue reading

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Back to the Books

It’s been a long time since I’ve written any book reviews. When I had a job, I would generally read on my way there and back, as well as during breaks. When I’m at home most of the day, I … Continue reading

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Riddle Me This

When I first came across the term “riddles,” it was most likely referring to what you find in kids’ joke books, specifically puns or other simple jokes presented in question-and-answer format. You know, the “When is a door not a … Continue reading

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