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Archive for the ‘The Arts’ Category

September 28, 2011 0

Alicia Elsewhere

By in Gentlemen, Society, Writing

Today I have a guest post up on Overthinking It, where I spend too much time talking about blood and Greeks and heroes in the Harry Potter series. Have a taste! Voldemort’s mistake is to think that shedding the blood of others will increase his power. In fact, it increases his enemies, as many of [...]

June 13, 2011 1

This Post is About Badminton, Kinda

By in Ladies, Sartoria, Society, The Arts, Uncategorized

My senior year of college, once winter was officially gone, one of my housemates or neighbors bought a backyard games set from Walmart on a whim. And that’s how I spent half my senior year playing badminton. I’d played occasionally before, like you do as a kid because—let’s face it—badminton has a certain amount of [...]

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February 17, 2011 0

Intersect Story Map

By in Travel, Writing

Have you guys found out about Intersect yet? It’s a lovely idea for a social space: you write a story from your life, and mark the time and place. Then you can browse around chronologically, geographically, or both—to see what other stories have happened in that place, or what other stories were happening around the [...]

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September 10, 2010 0

Hamm Reduction

By in Gentlemen, Society, Television

Here is what you discover when you start reading the latest ode to Jon Hamm from Details magazine: Hamm swears at bikers. While wearing madras shorts and a baseball cap. Because they impede him from going 140 in his borrowed fancy car, a silver Mercedes that is not yet available for purchase by the public [...]

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August 31, 2010 0

Nathan Rabin Fails at Modeling and as a Human Being.

By in Gentlemen, Ladies, Sartoria, Society

It may seem like a clever move to self-deprecatingly refer to your own article as a “lousy blog post”, but it doesn’t mean the phrase does not ring true. If there is one set of ads I would purge from all the internets given the chance (and the POWER), it is the marketing campaign spat [...]

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August 20, 2010 0

Coverings: Best and Worst

By in The Arts, Writing

Introduction: I read books, and as a consequence I look at a lot of them. I look at more books than I read, in fact! Sometimes looking at books makes me want to say things about what I see. So there will be an ongoing series on this blog to talk about book cover design. [...]

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August 14, 2010 0

A Bechdel Test for Historical Romance

By in Ladies, Romance, Society, Writing

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the Bechdel test and what it reveals about the film industry. And there’s been at least one post I could find on a Bechdel standard for video games as well, which is interesting, even though I could dispute a whole bunch of points in the post (such as: [...]

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August 7, 2010 0

Rules to Write By/Rules to Drink BY

By in Drink, Food and Drink, Society, The Arts, Writing

It is summer, I just got married, and I am a writer, so lately many of my days involve A) drinking, B) writing, or C) both. Lucky me! Lately everyone has advice about these activities! First, there is the NYT essay, which is delightful — and now, a Jezebel article, which makes me want to [...]

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July 15, 2010 0

RITA: Kinsale, Kinsale, and Chase

By in Romance, Travel, Writing

I’ve been going strong on my RITA reading, but somehow or other (wedding, honeymoon) have fallen behind on the actual writing-up of my thoughts. So this post is going to tackle two RITA winners — plus, a bonus book! — for reasons that should become obvious. Ultimately, what I’ve taken away from these three books [...]

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July 13, 2010 0

Women Like Writing, But Nobody Writes Like Women.

By in Ladies, Society, The Arts, Writing

Internet personality quizzes are my Achilles heel. I enjoy finding out what interval best embodies my complex individuality (major 7th, as it happens) and what the shape of my letter A’s says about me on a fundamental level. If I’d been around in the late eighteenth century I would have been totally into phrenology, though [...]

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