Movie Review: THE GUEST (tl;dr: See It)

Movie Review: THE GUEST (tl;dr: See It)

I don’t usually review movies because most of what I see at this point is Corporate Hollywood Entertainment [1] (case in point: My kid is dragging me to THE MAZE RUNNER next week) and I’m not part of anyone’s marketing team. If there’s something worth saying, sure, but I only write “SEE IN THE THEATER/RENT IT AT HOME, MAYBE/ONLY IF YOU WANT TO PUNISH YOURSELF” for smaller movies folks might miss.

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Playing Football and Erasing The Self

Playing Football and Erasing The Self

Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing about his decision to stop watching football games because of his concern about head injuries.

Part of this is my own mix of spirituality and atheism. I generally think of the ghost not in the machine, but as the machine. My body is me, and while my brain is particularly important, when I dislocate an ankle I have injured part of myself. Anyone who is being honest…

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The Health Benefits of Reading

The Health Benefits of Reading

The WSJ has an interesting article on “reading parties,” (skip the comments). People are getting together to read in silence, which is fine, I guess?

The really interesting thing is the list of health benefits to reading, which is included in this handy graphic.

Hot-linked Pseudo-Venn Diagram of the Benefits of Reading

“Reduces stress” is vital, and “Improves listening” makes me think I should have my son read three or four times a day.

But I’m…

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Time is running out on Dark Fantasy StoryBundle

Time is running out on Dark Fantasy StoryBundle

Mind if I show some covers?

All 9 StoryBundle Covers

The countdown for the dark fantasy StoryBundle is about to run out. If you want to do a little early Giftmas shopping, now is the time.

Some points:

    Pay $3 or more, get five books.
    Pay $12 or more, get all nine.
    You get to choose how much goes to the author and how much to StoryBundle.
    You get to choose which charity, if any, your purchase will benefit.
    You can buy…

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My Wonder Woman Pitch

My Wonder Woman Pitch

[I started this post way back when Gal Godot was first cast and I’m blowing the dust off it because what the hell.]

So we’re getting Wonder Woman in a movie, but not a Wonder Woman movie.

Christopher Bird has an interesting postabout the difficulties the character faces. I’m not sure I agree that Wonder Woman has never had a “definitive” run: while I’m not a WW expert by any means, William…

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ythelastfan said: I'm worried this is too personal to ask and I hope it doesn't come across as invasive. What led you and your wife to adoption? It's a noble thing that not enough people take part in. Again, I'm sorry if that's weird to ask. Thank you for your awesome comics.

brianmichaelbendis:

I’ve discussed this in the past. it’s not too personal.  I think it is one of those subjects that needs to be talked about more so people have a better understanding of it.

 the short version is my wife, before I had met her, was a world traveler and even while we were dating had this vision of a multicultural family. just a pure and beautiful vision of building a loving family out of the pieces of the world that needed it most. 

 obviously it was one of the many things that made me fall in love with her.  adoption, and we have done international and domestic, is very complicated and you have to have the right partnership and organization behind you. we were very lucky and we did.

 as I said here in the past our house is now so filled with love that it  is sometimes overwhelming.  if you’re considering it I cannot recommend it more.

 one of the biggest things that people worry about is the connection.  I have two biological children and two adopted children and I can tell you there is absolutely no difference in the profound love and connection between us.

I can say that I was adopted in the late sixties and it was the same for me. Four kids, two adopted, two not. My parents loved us all and we never thought about the adoption part of it.

In fact, one time my mother was sort of freaked out because her friends were talking about giving birth and she suddenly couldn’t remember going to the hospital and having me.

It’s not a big deal to be an adopted kid. At least, it shouldn’t be. 

The Way Into Darkness cover art reveal

The September Kickstarter update just went out, but you don’t have to click through to see the unveiled cover art by Chris McGrath.

The Way Into Darkness cover art reveal

The September Kickstarter update just went out, but you don’t have to click through to see the unveiled cover art by Chris McGrath.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith My rating: 4 of 5 stars 3.5 stars for a book that started poorly but became compulsive reading as the story went on.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith My rating: 4 of 5 stars 3.5 stars for a book that started poorly but became compulsive reading as the story went on.

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Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m reading these books all out of order.

Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m reading these books all out of order.

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All too common.

femfreq:

Yes please, explain to me again how this has nothing to do with sexism.

[TRIGGER WARNING for EVERYTHING]

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