Last year summer started when school ended, but this year, my marker for the beginning of summer has changed to the switch from nice to hot weather. Which in an unfortunate series of events, happened last week. Ugh, that allusion doesn't even make sense. Where am I going with this intro? Dude, writing intros is… Continue reading My 2020 summer bucket list // collab with Purely Oliva and Not All Who Sonder!
Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes Keywords: fiction, war, Vietnam, marines, suffering, fear, boys, courage, friends First line: Mellas stood beneath the gray monsoon clouds on the narrow strip of cleared ground between the edge of the jungle and the relative safety of the perimeter wire. Last line: Only the shadows themselves could change. Thoughts: The author,… Continue reading Good books I read in April
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles Keywords: historical fiction, Russia, 1922-1954, the Metrepol Hotel, friends that are also family it's hard to tell, beautiful First line: At half past six on the twenty-first of June 1922, when Count Alexander Illyich Rostov was escorted through the gates of the Kremlin onto Red Square, it was… Continue reading Good books I read in March
Photo from The Great Empty by The New York Times. When adults talk about 9/11, they say that they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing. They say that everybody that was alive has a 9/11 story, they say that the generation before had JFK's assassination and that the generation before that… Continue reading Five friends, five coronavirus diaries
If I had to defend why stories matter, I would first be exasperated and in disbelief unto the highest degree that I would even need to. Then I would say: It's because they let you see into somebody else's world through somebody else's eyes who most likely thinks, feels, and believes differently than you do.… Continue reading What I read in February // mini-reviews
First things first: this post gives much less air time to the Republican candidates than the Democratic candidates. My argument in defense for this disparity is that a) the few Republicans running besides President Trump seem irrelevant and b) Trump seems to be pretty known already. The names and faces that I think are less… Continue reading If you want to know more about the 2020 presidential candidates
UPDATE: The movies I liked on this list were Groundhog Day, All the President's Men, The Emperor's New Groove, 10 Things I Hate About You, Roman Holiday, and E.T. My family doesn't naturally watch movies, so for the past two years, I've kind of tried to educate myself in the world of movies. In 2018,… Continue reading Backlist movies I want to watch in 2020