The inevitable eulogy for Glee

So this week Glee is ending.  And I’m sad. I started watching Glee in a very on-and-off kind of way–I skipped episodes, I fast-forwarded the Finn and Rachel stuff that I didn’t care about–while my friends were really into it.  And then I got really into it, and most of my friends stopped watching.  SoContinue reading “The inevitable eulogy for Glee”


My husband apparently wants to read Gilgamesh.  ”Do we have a copy?” he asks. Our house is basically made of books.  It’s not big enough for all the books we have.  I still have books from when I was five.  I have books that I love, books that I think the kid might like to readContinue reading “Gilgamesh?”

The Art of the Novel, 21 years later

(All quotes are from:  Kundera, Milan.  The Art of the Novel.  Trans. Linda Asher.  New York: HarperCollins, 2003.  Print.) 21 years ago, I was in England for a semester abroad. My college had a sister school in Grantham, and every semester they sent a bunch of kids over to drink a lot, travel, and learnContinue reading “The Art of the Novel, 21 years later”

I did not cry when the Doctor regenerated. (with parentheticals!)

Prologue Before I start, I want to point you to this post from Seanan McGuire’s Tumblr, because I am aware of the problematic aspects of the things I am discussing here (I wouldn’t mind a female Doctor; I really would love to see Paterson Joseph as the Doctor, too) … but I do enjoy the shows I’veContinue reading “I did not cry when the Doctor regenerated. (with parentheticals!)”

Glee 5.03, “The Quarterback”

Warnings and Disclaimer:  This entry is riddled with spoilers for the episode, and is talking about death quite a lot.  Be aware, I’m only focusing the episode itself (with a couple of asides regarding performances), not the real-life tragedy around it. I thought, going in, that this episode of Glee was either going to be good, orContinue reading “Glee 5.03, “The Quarterback””

Banned Books Week

It’s Banned Books Week. My go-to banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird … perhaps one day I shall tell you the story of my love for this book, but the very short version is that To Kill a Mockingbird was the one book I read in high school, for class, that I absolutely lovedContinue reading “Banned Books Week”

Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013

This is “Punishment,” my favorite poem by Seamus Heaney. So there I am, in my English Lit class (it must have been Longmire’s class, because Carson taught early English Lit, Haegert was Modernism and Lit Crit, Clough was totally American Lit, and I only took World Lit with Richardson. I remember this poem in Dr.Continue reading “Seamus Heaney, 1939-2013”