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So, What Do You Do?

I got that question today. The dreaded, “So, what do you do?” I can usually see it coming, there’s a specific way people go about saying it. It starts on a high note, the first word is often a little longer than the rest of them, but it is always after the same thing. Sometimes it’s, “What do you do […]

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On Dogs and Cats, and Unfortunately, Death

“‘It’s dreadful, isn’t it?'” “‘What? Death?'” “Yes. It makes everything else seem so horribly trivial. He doesn’t look human. When you look at him you can hardly persuade yourself that he’s ever been alive. It’s hard to think that not so very many years ago he was just a little boy tearing down the hill and flying a kite.'” (Somerset Maugham, The Painted Veil.) I just walked over to open my window as it was getting hot in my living room. I was all ready to start working; I had my coffee ready, a handful of stolen mini eggs from my kids’ Easter baskets had just been eaten, and all that was left was to let in some fresh air to counteract the effects of blind-less south-facing windows. And then I stopped. My dogs were sitting, or lying, in the sun, right outside the window. It was strange because they never sit outside that particular window. And so I looked again, closer this time. There was something else lying at their feet. Something black and fuzzy and – Oh My God!! It was a cat. Asleep….no, no, no, no. Shit. Not a sleeping cat. There was a ratty looking, but formerly fuzzy-looking, dead cat lying at my dog’s feet. It was black, just like them. Well, it still is black. It’s weird. I want to speak of it in the past tense because it is in the past tense, now. […]

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Old Age and Marilyn Manson

Last night I went to a concert. What concert, you ask? Well, a Marilyn Manson concert. Was it good? Hell, yes! It was awesome! He was awesome! I absolutely loved it! You know what I didn’t love? The fact that when a young girl (about twelve years younger than me) was told I was going to the concert, she laughed […]

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Keep your Courage and Kindness, Cinderella, I’ll take Dignity and Self-Respect Instead!

For the past week and a half or so, I’ve been trying to figure out just why so many people are raving about Disney’s new movie, Cinderella. Not just trying to figure it out, per say, but actually angry and irritated that so many people have only good things to say about this movie. Am I really the only one who wants to take Chris Weitz and Kenneth Branagh (writer and director, respectively) along with all those involved and shake some sense into them? Was I the only one gagging when Lily James was coming down the palace steps with her head out to the side, flipping it about in some suggestion of grace and loveliness? Now, before I continue, let me be clear. I like Lily James. I like Cate Blanchett. I like Kenneth Branagh and practically everyone else who was involved in this movie. This is not some slight at them, this is more….how shall I say it…disappointment? Yes. I am disappointed in everyone involved in this movie. Yes, this is a Disney princess movie so I shouldn’t have expected better. But I watched Maleficent, and it was awesome, so I stupidly thought they would have done something awesome like that with this one. But they didn’t. Instead they bought into all the typical weak girly shit involved in princess movies. Oh, they pushed Courage and Kindness you say instead of beauty and loveliness? Yeah, they pushed it […]

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