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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts

Christine at Bookishly Boisterous started this meme – get amongst it. (Stolen – with credit – from Kate.)

10. I’ve wanted to watch Notorious for the last few weeks. I assumed I owned it as part of Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection. I don’t, it’s not included in that particular collection. I was a little more annoyed than the situation called for, but come on. It is really irritating to sit down and attempt  to watch a movie…only to realize that you don’t actually own it (yeah, yeah, first world problems).


9. That lunch date that cancelled twice on me last week…we finally managed to get together for lunch. This was yesterday. Coincidentally, it was the same day the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were announced. Nirvana, Hall and Oates (!), Deep Purple…interesting group of nominees. Anyway the discussion led to favorite songs by bands already in the Hall of Fame.  One of my favorites is Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd. I can now say, regrettably, that I’ve met someone over the age of 30 who does NOT know who Lynyrd Skynyrd. I can’t even.

8. To keep this book related, Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace has this cute bit about two people falling in love over Hall and Oates and identifying yourself by pizza type. I don’t know why I don’t love that book more.

7. I can’t say I’m a big fan of Alice Munro because I haven’t read enough of her work yet. I did love Hateship, Loveship, Courtship, Marriage, so I have high hopes for the rest of her work. But Bret Easton Ellis doesn’t agree (of course, we’ll all drop dead the day he agrees with the masses). I don’t mind BEE and actually quite enjoyed Rules of Attraction and Less Than Zero (and American Psycho, although enjoy is not the right word to use in that case). However, I also really enjoyed this article taking BEE down.

6. Yesterday was National Dictionary Day. I love words- their multiple meanings, their history, and their evolution. That does not me I enjoyed when selfie and srsly were added to Oxford Dictionaries online (still love the oxford comma though, obvs).

5. I’m not sure anybody really wants to know this, but I’ll share anyway because of all the hate that the Affordable Care Act gets (“Obamacare is as bad as Fugitive Slave Act”…thanks New Hampshire!). Currently my health insurance costs $567 per month; my employer reimburses me $200 per month. This doesn’t cover anything initially; as I have a $6000 deductible to meet before my health coverage begins. I’ve only met this deductible one time (when I was hospitalized briefly in 2011) and it was painful for me to write that check. Under the new health care law, insurance companies are no longer allowed to have such high deductibles. So I am one of the people who benefits (by thousands of dollars) from Obamacare. While I truly believe the health care system in the US is shit, at least someone is trying to improve it. Perspective from a patient (without insurance) who is also a health care worker.

4. Ways to show your bookish love. I like #37, but would never wear it – except to bed probably.

3. 11 Lessons That ‘Jane Eyre’ Can Teach Every 21st Century Woman About How To Live Well. I hope that #1 and #8 are true, specifically.

2. While watching Season Three of The Walking Dead earlier this week, I was positively gleeful when a particular cast member died. I then felt cruel and heartless.

1. IDW will be releasing a new miniseries The Crow: Pestilence written by Frank Bill (Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook rank high among my favorite contemporary books). To say I’m excited would be an understatement.

Bonus (because it’s beautiful): Matt Fraction’s response to a fan considering suicide.

As always, thought? Questions? Concerns? You do know who Lynyrd Skynryd is, right? Maybe you don’t know their discography or their tragic history, but the name rings a bell…? Don’t tell me if you don’t!


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