Terrible TV Couples

Every few years, another “___ ‘n ___” pair on TV captures attention, even for people who aren’t show viewers. References pop up all over the place, from Halloween costumes to dedicated Internet analysis. The participants of said coupledom hook people with all the on again/off again plot tensions, the love/hate antics, the circumstances keeping them…

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Be-Bop-a-Lula: Music That Just Made Shit Up

I’ve been updating a bunch of playlists, covering everything from morning routines to writing projects to silly themes. Inadvertently, I discovered that several “nonsense word” songs went together quite well, and one thing led to another and... I ended up with a playlist called:   Be-Bop-a-Lula: Music that just made shit up (Or, if you’d like to…

The Big Ol’ Epic Romance

So, what happened to the big, grand, sprawling epic romance novel? What happened to those big, passionate stories that played out against the backdrop of history, sometimes for generations?       When and how did romance shift predominantly into these tight, compact, speeded-up plot formulas? Is there not room for anything else anymore?  …

Boston Cafe Reviews: an ongoing series

Greetings from Boston, darlings! It was a chaotic summer for a number of reasons, obviously. There have been conferences, demonstrations, deadlines, and yes, that international move.   But I am settling in here as best as I can, and have a list of activities to keep me occupied and productive as we head into autumn.…