Monthly Archives: August 2013

“Love Walked In” . . . And Promptly Walked Back Out

In the midst of still plowing through Middlesex, a beach vacation arrived. Middlesex is, and likely always will be, one of my favorite novels — it is not, however, a sunny beach read. So, after climbing dunes, diving through waves, and wandering … Continue reading

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20 Reasons to Visit Michigan

Michigan is a strange little state. Composed of two peninsulas, one of which eerily looks like a mitten, it’s a state of blended history, greatness and decay, great universities, and inspires a sense of almost pathological pride in its inhabitants. … Continue reading

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“Faking It”: Why I Don’t Read Chick Lit

I’ve pretty much given up on asking for advice from friends on what to read next: more often than not they recommend a NY pulp bestseller: the latest from Grisham, something really esoteric, or the latest young adult craze. Still, … Continue reading

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Throwback Saturday: Lost

OKay, perhaps it shouldn’t be a “throwback.” The show was on-air only five years ago. But let’s be honest — the glory days of Lost were Seasons 1 – 3, and since those aired between 12 and 10 years ago, … Continue reading

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Six Steps To Create a Perfect Crime-Fighting Pair

It’s the stock formula for crime procedurals, and even crime not-quite-procedurals: take a pair of people, make them “partners” and then set them loose on the criminals / monsters / conspirators / whatever that is roaming at large. Looking at … Continue reading

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Middlesex: Racism and War

We move now into the second act of Middlesex, which deals with the narrator’s parents, and early childhood. The novel continues to hit on the themes of identity, the American dream, and duality, but moves here into a politically charged … Continue reading

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Middlesex, Identity, and the Family Epic

There’s no way to write a review of Jeffrey Eugenides’ masterpiece Middlesex in one go. The novel itself is too expansive, both in scope and in length, in theme and in plot. It’s a massive family history in the vein of One … Continue reading

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