• book,  placeless,  reviews

    Library Thing Early Reader’s Review: The Marvelous Mustard Seed

    I received The Marvelous Mustard Seed, written by Amy-Jill Levine and illustrated by Margaux Meganck, in the Library Thing Early Review program.  Flyaway Books sent me an advanced reader’s manuscript and a nice letter to go along with it.  I highly recommend joining Library Thing and their Early Reviewers’ program, if for no other reason than free books! The art in The marvelous Mustard Seed is wonderful and very fitting for the content. There are more words on each page than some other more beautiful children’s books I’ve seen (I think of Erin E. Stead as the paragon of cutesie children’s book art, and of course David Wiesner’s books are often…

  • placeless,  reviews,  television

    What’s Wonderful this Week?

      Parks & Recreation I watched the entirety of Parks and Recreation a year or two ago when it was on Netflix. It took a bit to get into, but once I did, I really did. I loved the US The Office even when it made me cringe with just how socially inept they all were.  But what’s amazing about Parks and Rec is that, even in the moments when you cringe because their lives are so strange and they frequently do things that are hard to imagine anyone would choose to do, you love them for it.  If you love Michael Scott, it’s in spite of all the qualities that make him…

  • movie,  placeless,  reviews

    “News is the first rough draft of history”

    I went to see The Post on Friday with Ben.  I have a lot of feelings about it. It’s a wonderfully made movie.  I mean, obviously.  You don’t pick Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, Bradley Whitford and Bob Odenkirk just to make a funny little romp that goes nowhere and does nothing.  I don’t really feel like a person qualified to discuss the virtue of Spielberg’s cinematography choices, and that doesn’t really interest me too much either.  Like I said, it was a movie wonderfully made, and my tastes are such that that’s enough for me. The story is what interests me.  The story they chose to tell it, the way they…

  • misc,  music,  placeless,  podcast,  reviews,  television

    What’s Wonderful this Week?

    Feminist Anthems Last week, I mentioned my playlist of Patriarchy Pounding Pop songs that I frequently find myself listening to while I’m at work.  Especially on days immediately following some news story that makes the fight towards equality seem Sisyphean, this playlist I created a few months ago (and continually add songs to as I find them) helps me draw on the wellspring of power and perseverance of the billions of other women in the world who are fighting the same fight I am. The idea of the playlist stems from my theory that if depression is isolating and isolation is depressing, then the we’re-in-this-together feeling is empowering, and empowerment…

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