Book Review: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

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Rating: B+/ I’ve been having a creative dry spell lately, ever since I finished a novella I was writing and became completely stumped over what to work on next. My mom encouraged me to read this book, a copy of which she had bought me a couple of years ago and which has spent ever since just kind of gathering dust with all my hundreds of other books on the shelves in my room. I hadn’t read a book all the way through in several months, lacking the concentration and patience, but I completed this short, sweet bit of autobiographical non-fiction by one of my mom’s favorite authors within three days without hardly trying. I found it an easy and leisurely read, and in the end, I was glad I took the time with it. Continue reading Book Review: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

My Super-Long Music Post; Part the 1st


Hi, everybody! As a unemployed 22-year-old with on-and-off crippling depression and anxiety, I’ve been spectacularly amotivational lately, and by ‘amotivational’ I mean ‘getting up at 3pm, vegging out on the couch for hours’ amotivational. Like, amotivational amotivational. I did submit a 150-page novella I’ve been writing over the past year (the lovely story of a deranged backwoods family who, as my mom says, ‘you wouldn’t want to share a cab with’ and their personal descent into hell) to a writing contest and I will be getting the results next month, but otherwise I have absolutely no engagements, until of course I get caught up with my job counselor and find someone who will hire me. The plus side is I have time to do whatever I want. The downside, of course, is that I have time to do whatever I want (see what I did there?) because I tend to do better with a schedule. I’m pretty much an overgrown child who can’t seem to be arsed to do anything unless I have my day planned out beforehand. I said to my dad the other day, can you imagine me on pot? You’d never be able to get me out of bed (not so different from the way I am now, actually.)

So, I’ve been spending the interminable evenings listening to a ton of different kinds of music, courtesy of my youtube playlist. We like to tease my dad for having an obsession with primarily yelly and angry music, but that’s not entirely true. He has had versatile and interesting tastes that cover a range of musical genres, and he has passed that eclecticism on to me, his eldest child. But, y’know, I’m proud to say that I that I’ve developed perhaps even more versatility in my musical tastes than my dad ever had. As an adult, I’m listening to groups my dad played on repeat throughout my childhood (for instance, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest) and seeing them in a whole new light. Like, ah, that’s what all the fuss is about. Simultaneously, I’m branching out into new groups and genres, some of which my dad wouldn’t be caught dead listening to. I guess essentially that’s what growing up is about. You separate yourself from your parents, their tastes and views, while at the same time finding yourself forming a deeper appreciation of some of the things they love that you took for granted as a kid.

So, herein lies my self-indulgent and (incredibly long, apparently) post on music, limited to no one genre or artist, but providing a broad view of the stuff I like (or, in some cases, absolutely hate.) My layout is simple; I take a theme (i.e. Hard Rock songs of the 90’s, or whatever) and pick two songs that I think personify that theme for me. I’ve established the rule for myself that a song can be of any genre whatsoever, but I’m going to use each artist only once on the entire list (honorable mentions can be malleable.) By the way, you are welcome to take any ideas from me (I got some of my inspiration for the demo list I wrote out on paper from anyway,) and you can even take my idea from me entirely and run with it (as long as you don’t directly take stuff from my list without credit.) Finally, once you’ve read the post, leave me a comment! Bloggers are narcissistic people, we love comments. We love to know what you think. And, without further ado, my list- (drumroll, please…) Continue reading My Super-Long Music Post; Part the 1st

TV Review- Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)



Rating: A/ I was skeptical about watching Better Call SaulĀ as soon as I did because I never actually finished Breaking Bad (I know, I’m probably the one person in the entire world that didn’t watch the series from beginning to end ages ago.) Breaking Bad is an excellent show, but I kept getting distracted by something or the other and never got past a certain point, although I’ve intended for months to watch the rest. Fortunately for me, you don’t need to have extensive knowledge of the Breaking Bad universe to dive headfirst into Better Call Saul, and everybody’s favorite hilariously crooked lawyer is more than capable of carrying a television show on his shoulders. Continue reading TV Review- Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)

Movie Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)


Rating: B+/ There was a lot of excitement in our household for the upcoming release of Hunt for the Wilderpeople. We loved Taika Waititi’s previous effort, What We Do in the Shadows, which has become one of our top movies to rewatch and quote. Eagle Vs. Shark didn’t exactly do it for me, but it’s abundantly obvious that Waititi has loads of talent and a knack for dry, sometimes borderline dark humor and eccentric characters. So it should come as no surprise that Hunt for the Wilderpeople, based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump, is no exception. Continue reading Movie Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Movie Review: Do the Right Thing (1989)


Rating; B+/ Do the Right Thing is the second film I’ve seen by Spike Lee. The first was 25th Hour, which I really enjoyed (I love me some Edward Norton,) and although I have heard many great things about Lee’s other films, I really didn’t like the way he lashed out against Tarantino and Django Unchained without even bothering to watch it (it was the maligning it without seeing it first that I really couldn’t stand, it was like criticizing the musical quality of a song you’ve never heard.) Continue reading Movie Review: Do the Right Thing (1989)

Movie Review: Fruitvale Station (2013)


Rating: A-/ I have extremely mixed feelings about the Black Lives Matter movement and the all-around virulent attitude toward law enforcement officers over the past few years (my dad has been a cop for as long as I can remember, and I think the political climate toward police, most of which are not racially biased and have never shot anyone in their life, has become extremely hostile and the media machine is not only feeding into things more than is honestly necessary, but actually making everything worse.) Continue reading Movie Review: Fruitvale Station (2013)

Movie Review: Glassland (2014)


Rating: A/ From the title I thought this movie was about methamphetamine, since ‘glass’ is a synonym for crystal meth. It turned out to be about a young man’s mother with a pretty serious alcohol problem. In fact, Jean (Toni Collette) has hit the bottle so hard that she’s slowly killing herself, and her ever-faithful son John (Jack Reynor) both tirelessly cares for her and enables her. Continue reading Movie Review: Glassland (2014)

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