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A Practical Guide to Conquering the World

A Practical Guide to Conquering the World By K. J. Parker • Published January 11, 2022 A dark comedy about the intended and unintended consequences of getting what you want, from the author of the critically acclaimed Siege trilogy. The third and final installment of Parker’s award-winning fantasy series slays with deadpan wit and modern …

The Hatmakers

The Hatmakers Written by Tamzin Merchant • Illustrated by Paola Escobar • Published February 2, 2021 Celebrity author’s debut novel is a whimsical read with a plucky heroine. Best known for playing Georgiana Darcy in the 2005 Pride & Prejudice, Merchant’s first foray into historical fantasy features inventive world building and charming illustrations by Paola …

The “It’s Just a Movie” Mistake

I used to think everyone was wooed by the characters and qualities they admired onscreen. Turns out, many aren’t even aware of the ways movies subtly impress upon us visions of character, virtue, and vice.

California to Texas

It’s been eighteen days since I left California! One thing I’ve learned about road-tripping across the US on a budget is that the constant moving on, moving on, moving on doesn’t give you much time to breath. By the time you reach your destination, plot your next move, and update your Instagram, all you really …

Something Like Courage

The bad news is that I only have forty-five minutes two and a half hours three hours to write this.  The good news is that I could be writing it on my new MacBook Air instead of on my old iPhone 6 Plus (!).  Maybe it’s the feeling that the laptop isn’t broken in enough …

Reading Jo Baker’s Longbourn: A Tale of Long-Suffering

SoCal in August can be quite comfortable if you like saunas.  Every morning, you shower and style your hair.  Clean and well groomed the way you like it.  Everything except makeup, which you haven’t worn in months and dread the thought of ever wearing again.  Once this is over.  Once the world reopens and there’s …

Existential Angst and Other Cliches

It’s 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and tomorrow’s post is due at noon.  Ordinarily, I’d make some crack about hugging my deadlines out of affection, but I don’t have the energy.  I haven’t had the energy for much of anything this week.  Not since Wednesday, when my landlords returned to slam doors—and leave them unlocked—and wake …

Seven British Crime Shows Worth Watching FREE on YouTube

It’s summer in SoCal and the weather is finally hot enough to prove it.  As much as I love living in a Mediterranean climate, I’m always secretly glad when Cali’s June Gloom lasts through July.  I always think that maybe—just maybe, by some cosmic intervention—we’ll somehow skip the heatwave and get snow for Christmas. Then …

“The Stolen Child” by W. B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939, pronounced “Yates”) was born in Dublin and raised in County Sligo and London.  In 1880, he returned to Dublin to become a painter like his father but discovered a penchant for poetry instead.  His work was influenced by a strong sense of patriotism and spiritualism.  In addition to the Celtic Revival, he …