Monthly Archives: February 2015

Final Thoughts (for now) on The Best of McSweeney’s (by Jill)

I just checked to see how long it took me to finish this book and essentially I spent the entire month of February with this lovely anthology. I was surprised; because usually when I spend this long on one book … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

I’m finally almost finished with the two green sweaters! This is the smaller of the two, and it’s all pieced, and all I need to do is knit the neck. The larger of the two is all ready to piece … Continue reading

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The Parallel Lives of Jay and Grey (by Bethany)

When I used to teach The Great Gatsby, I spent the better part of a class period on the vehicles depicted in the first three chapters. My goal, of course, was to prepare the students for the climactic scene when … Continue reading

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A Review of Miranda July’s The First Bad Man (by Bethany)

It seems that everywhere I go these days, everyone is talking about female sexuality: Fifty Shades of Grey, to name one omnipresent example, plus Lena Dunham and Girls, and of course the ongoing national debate about rape and the many, … Continue reading

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The Best of McSweeney’s, Progress Report #2 (by Jill)

  Have I mentioned before how long this book is? And how heavy? And how the cover without is dust jacket (which I always take off when I’m reading because I find them to be somewhat cumbersome and I need … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

  I’ve been such a restless reader lately. Fifty pages here, fifty pages there – not liking any book well enough to make the full 300+-page commitment. But then, a couple of nights ago, I picked up this old copy … Continue reading

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Thoughts on selections from The Best of McSweeney’s, the first 25% (by Jill)

Why I decided to start reading this book three days before I’m going to be living out of a suitcase in a hotel room in Anaheim for four days, I have no idea, because it’s big and heavy and not … Continue reading

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