Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Snapshot: #Readathon Preparations!

In Sunday Snapshot, I do what I want. Tell me how your week went!


What I'm reading this week:

No progress on 168 Hours. I did start The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, though, and Attraction by Penny Reid. And I'm still working my way through The Ladies' Paradise.

Movies watched this week:

the imitation game poster
The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley

You know what's another of my favorite things? When Hollywood completely eliminates thousands of women from a historical event, replaces them with a single token female character, and turns the story into Men In Rooms Doing Things. I think Furious 7 does a better job of passing the Bechdel Test than this movie.

Reviews in the queue:

Recap of Chapter Four of The Ladies' Paradise

Reviews posted this week:

I posted my review of Supermind by Mark Phillips over at The Project Gutenberg Project on Monday, and I posted my recap of Chapter Two of The Ladies Paradise here on Tuesday.

Subscription boxes received this week:

rocks box jewelry

I got my second Rocks Box this week. I'm not as into these pieces as I was the last set, but I still like them.

On the subscription box front, it's kind of crazy to think that I'm still getting one box every week. I really need to cut down on the boxes; I don't make that much money.

Theme of the week:

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Branding Arrangement by William Matthews

This week was much better than last. I only had one deadline to deal with, no one I knew got robbed, and I went up to Denver for the Joan Miró exhibit at the DAM on Wednesday (that's not a pic of the Miró exhibit above, btw; they didn't allow photographs in it).

I also went to a new writers' group meeting on Tuesday and joined a critique group for the first time. Hopefully this will get me back into the habit of writing fiction, although I'm already stressing out about it. We will see.


readathon stack

Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon is this (next? The 18th, anyway) week and I'm starting to get excited! I'm especially excited this time because I convinced my mom to join in! It's going to be a party!

I'm already organizing my Readathon TBR. As usual, I'll just be happy to finish the books I'm currently in the middle of. But assuming I do manage that, then there's a copy of Alex + Ada waiting for me at the library, or I might start on A Case of Possession by KJ Charles, Ms Marvel Vol. 1, Black Run by Antonio Manzini, or All for You by Laura Florand.

I'm also a cheerleading captain this year (there's a phrase I never thought I'd say in high school) for the first time, so be prepared to have me stalking yer blogz.

As for snacks, haven't decided. I tried to get my mom's input but she said she didn't know, so. I'll probably make an egg casserole or frittata for breakfast, then have street tacos for lunch.

If you're participating in the Readathon, let me know and I'll stop by on my cheerleading rounds! Have a great week, everyone.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

THE LADIES' PARADISE Readalong: Chapter Two

the ladies' paradise emile zola book cover

All through the month of April, Evangeline from Edwardian Promenade and I are hosting a readalong of the Emile Zola novel, The Ladies' Paradise, which was the basis for the PBS series The Paradise. I'm listening to the book on audio, narrated by Lee Ann Howlett.

On Saturday, Evangeline recapped Chapter One, wherein we met our young heroine–Denise Baudu–and the site of her adventures, an alluring department store called The Ladies' Paradise. Check out Evangeline's post if you need to catch up!

In Chapter Two, Denise crosses the street to The Ladies' Paradise to apply for a job, and we discover working at TLP might not be as glamorous as its shiny window displays suggest. The owner, Octave Mouret, has created a small kingdom under its roof–his kingdom–separated into numerous departments, with almost its own social hierarchy. And while Mouret's not a micromanager, he's not exactly down with the bonhomie, either. When he reprimands the accounting department for joking around, they act like "whipped dogs," and he "plays upon the selfish instincts of his employees," setting them against one another and fostering an atmosphere of not-entirely-friendly competition. Probably why the sales clerks in the drapery department are such a bunch of catty bitches.

When it comes to Mouret, the term wolf in sheep's clothing definitely leaps to mind. He's always charming, he never raises his voice, and he appears to be quite the lover of women–after all, he built a store called The Ladies' Paradise!

mouret the paradise
Hey girl, I discounted silks because you look so pretty in them.

But in actuality, he's kind of a jerk with a massive ego who doesn't care about women at all beyond the money he can get out of them. Bourdoncle, one of Mouret's "lieutenants" and work BFF, predicts:

You know they'll have their revenge... the women. They will have their revenge; there will be one who will avenge all the others. It's bound to be.


the paradise denise
OMG so shiny.

Anyway, Denise walks into TLP after spending a good half hour giving herself a pep talk about acting confident, which only partially works. Almost as soon as she walks into the store, she's overwhelmed with the beauty of the merchandise. Mouret spots her and is enchanted by her enchantment with his goods. IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Then Denise's eyes meet Mouret's, and she's like *blush*, and he's like, *smoulder*, and everyone else is like, *MASSIVE EYE ROLL*.

Once in the dress department, Denise can't get the catty bitches to tell her where Madame Aurélie, the manager, is or when she'll be back, or even acknowledge Denise's existence. Things aren't looking promising!

Finally Madame Aurélie shows up to reprimand one of the sales clerks and Denise gets her chance at an interview. She totally bombs it: she gets that whole dry mouth thing going, keeps repeating she's very strong for no good reason (you see a lot of weight lifting going on here, Denise?), and she's never worked in a Paris house before. Madame Aurélie is clearly thinking this one's a giant nope, up until Mouret slithers his way into the situation, intrigued by the fact that Denise's uncle owns the old-fashioned drapery shop across the street. You can practically hear the wheels clanking in his head.

Madame Aurélie gives her the "don't call us, we'll call you," line and Denise reluctantly leaves, crushed with how the interview went but not sure if she wants to work in such a place, anyway. On the way out, she meets the equally shy and timid Henri Deloche, also applying for a job at TLP, and they are adorkably awkward together. Is romance in the works? Will Denise get the job? (Probably, the book's titled The Ladies' Paradise and not Au Vieil Elbeuf. The Old Cloth, there's an attractive name for a store!) Questions.

Overall I enjoyed this chapter, although it was a little dry up until Denise walked into TLP and Mouret started making eyes at her. There was also a lot of talk about Jews. Mouret is apparently "a bigger Jew than all the Jews in the world." Yay?

Check out Edwardian Promenade on Friday to read Evangeline's recap of the next chapter in The Ladies' Paradise!

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Snapshot and Happy Easter

Sunday Snapshot is an update of my week in reading, blogging, or lack thereof. Let me know how your week's been going!

Chillin on a back porch.
Another crazy week. Seriously. Crazy.

What I'm reading right now:

The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola–for the readalong with Evangeline from Edwardian Promenade. She posted her recap of Chapter One yesterday, and I'll post on Chapter Two later this week (see? This readalong is totally doable.)

The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles–Finally started this book Anachronist told me I would enjoy. I'm loving this world and characters so far!

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam–Haven't had much time to read this so far (ironically), but what I did get through was skim-worthy.

Movies watched this past week:

I was pet sitting, so I got through a lot of movies.

gone girl movie
Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

I really enjoyed this one! Yeah, the plot is completely implausible once you start thinking about it, but I didn't care too much because I don't consider the movie as a thriller. It's more like a really twisted Stepford Wives. lol

jersey boys movie
Jersey Boys, starring guys I've never heard of and don't care to.

There was A LOT less music in this film than I was expecting. They didn't start singing Four Seasons songs until an hour into the film! Before that, the guy who played Frankie Valli sang covers, and quite honestly his voice sounded awful. The music wasn't integrated into the story very well, and the movie was totally boring.

Idiocracy, starring Luke Wilson and Maya Rudolph

I can see why Middle America never latched on to this one. There are some really funny lines, but I don't think it's as clever as it seems to think it is, and the targeting of certain socio-economic groups *coughredneckscough* left me a little uncomfortable.

furious 7
Furious 7, starring the laconic Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson

Oh my god, this movie. I enjoyed the hell out of it, but by the time it was over my brain felt completely numb. I laughed, I cried (I actually did get teary-eyed at the end with the tribute to Paul Walker), and I slapped my forehead a few times.

Reviews in the queue:

Recap of Chapter Two of The Ladies' Paradise.

Reviews posted this week:

Um, no reviews posted. I did WRITE two reviews, but never got around to editing and posting them.

Subscription boxes received this week:

try the world marrakesh box

I got my Try the World box on Monday. Try the World basically sends kitchen table travelers food from different parts of the world. This month's locale is Marrakesh. I don't know... it is a cool idea, and I love their packaging, but I also have some problems with it, first and foremost being that they charge your credit card before they ship and don't send any sort of invoice or receipt to let you know they've done so. Secondly, I don't think the boxes are as strong as they could be. Take the Marrakesh box, for example–they mention in the info booklet that mint tea is an essential part of Moroccan culture, but there's no mint tea in the box. Like okay? One would think of all things tea would be pretty easy to import and ship. At $39 per box, I don't think it's worth it.

gaping hole
A reno gone wrong? No, the gaping hole where there once used to be a bathroom and a closet, c/o a Chevy Tahoe.

Theme of the week:

Oh lordy this week.

So, I had to pet sit, which is always fun but cuts down on the time I have to write. On Monday and Tuesday I was scrambling to get my i's dotted and t's crossed for Book Blogger International's Comics and Graphic Novel month, in addition to meeting all my other deadlines. On Tuesday I was so buried I was half an hour late to an editorial meeting. I would have begged off (I'm following Timothy Ferris' advice to never attend meetings), but that guy wanted meet for drinks after. I didn't get home until after ten and I was EXHAUSTED.

Then on Wednesday morning, someone ran a Tahoe through the back of the store where I work and stole several pistols. Not many, but still, everyone was pretty upset and stressed out. I spent the last half of the week reviewing the store's security footage, which is not as interesting as one would think. But still less tedious than entering inventory.


Here are some pics of the pets I sat last week and a plant I had fun photographing.

Becky Cat
Sancho wants me to put his dog bowl away.
Plant you can stick to the fridge!

Hopefully next week is all-around better for everyone!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Snapshot for the End of March

In Sunday Snapshot, I summarize my week in blogging, reading, puppy dogs, subscription boxes, and movies. Let me know what your week was like!

american flag and mountains
What I'm reading right now:

Didn't get a lot of reading done this week. I did finish The 4-Hour Workweek yesterday. I'm still reading Roulette, and I started The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams–supposedly the first British mystery ever published–on Thursday.

Movies watched this past week:

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Into the Woods, starring every person ever.

The first half was fun and delightful and I loved the music. The second half felt really long, boring, and pointless (which also happens to be my opinion of the book), and left a bunch of loose threads. Like, what happened to Rapunzel and her prince? Where did the witch go? Is divorce allowed in the kingdom?

I did love Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick, though. They were amazing in this.

Reviews in the queue:

Supermind by Mark Phillips and The Gold Bag by Carolyn Wells (I have to complain about this one. I just have to).

Reviews posted this past week:

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud–The fact that the ending of this book made me want to throw myself off a bridge and yet I still recommend it should tell you all you need to know about how great it is.

Subscription boxes received this week:

I don't think I got any boxes this week...

Oh wait! I lied, I did one. haha I got a box of four different artisan coffees from Mistobox.


The coffees were incredibly tasty, but they came in whole bean instead of ground. Since I didn't have a coffee grinder, I had to buy one. UHG. Kinda wish they'd mentioned that on their website. Other than that it was a good experience, although pricey (boxes start at $20 and go all the way up to $200!!).

purple flower

Theme of the week:

This week was actually pretty stressful. I think you can probably figure out why from my Day in the Life post. In addition to dealing with family issues, I was completely blindsided by a deadline. Like: "Oh, we go to print on Wednesday, didn't I tell you? No? Well try to have that 2500-word article in by Tuesday!" Uhhhhg. Good thing I usually start writing articles early anyway.

Reading The 4-Hour Workweek with Princess Sofie. Psssst... if you want to keep up with me during the week, follow me on Instagram @tashabrandstatter!

Two exciting events are starting this coming week, and I hope you all can join in!

the ladies paradise emile zola

The lovely Evangeline from Edwardian Promenade and I are cohosting a readalong of The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola. The readalong schedule isn't too onerous–just one chapter every three days starting April 1st. I know several of you have mentioned you want to read this one, too, so give me or Evangeline a shout-out if you're interested!

comics and graphic novel month

Also starting April 1st is Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga Month at Book Bloggers International. I organized this month and the number of bloggers who wanted to post blew me away! The posts that have come in so far are awesome. You definitely want to keep up with BBI next month.

I'm off to pet sit. Have a great rest of the weekend, everyone!

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

A Day In the Life of a Blogger

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So Trish's A Day In the Life event was yesterday and I COMPLETELY forgot about it until late last night when I started checking my blogs. Sorry about that, guys! I still really want to participate so I wrote a super-long, overly detailed post about my day on Friday, March 27th.

8:00am-Wake up from weird dreams. The dogs are having a bark fest because there's someone at the door. I can hear my dad shouting them back and then a woman starts talking. Uhg. I put in my earbuds and set my phone to a white noise app in the hope I can shut them out and go back to sleep.

9:00am-Wake up again, weird dreams again. My radio alarm's running and so is the white noise from my phone, since I forgot to set it for auto-off. I tug out the earbuds and check Accuweather, Twitter, Facebook, and email, in that order. Boring; no one's messaged me and email is all spam. I set the phone aside and let my mind wander while I listen to music.

9:12am-Dogs start scratching at the door.

9:17am-Decide to google Jackson Hole Vacation Rentals while I'm lying in bed. Was having a conversation on Twitter the other week about a MST blogger meet-up and now I really want to do it. Renting a house for a few days is surprisingly affordable!

cesar millan
The dogs are fans of Cesar Millan.
9:22am-Might as well get up. I put on my pajamas, open the bedroom door, and immediately have three dogs jumping all over me. I sit down and give them all kisses and cuddles. They run off into the living room and I follow them, noticing that 1) the TV's on, and 2) the remote's on the floor. Apparently the dogs turned on the TV in protest of being shushed earlier this morning. Not as strange as the time they set Cesar Millan: The Dog Whisperer to auto-record (this actually happened).

9:28am-I return the remote to the side table and the dogs present me with some toys wearing hopeful looks on their faces, so I toss the ball down the hallway a few times.

9:30am-There's a squirrel outside! OMG, a squirrel! I let the dogs out and fix myself my daily tonic of warm water and lemon juice. According to Facebook, this is supposed to be some sort of amazing cure-all, but so far it's only noticeably added 15 minutes to my morning routine.

9:45-10am-Drink lemon water and contemplate outdoor wildlife.

10-10:15am-Wash my face, brush my teeth, put in my contacts, moisturize, etc.

10:15-10:30am-Breakfast time! Once again, we're out of bread and I've forgotten to defrost the loaf of bread in the freezer. I'm super annoyed with myself, so I write myself a note to TAKE BREAD OUT OF FREEZER TO THAW. Will it work? Who knows. In any case, now I have to make myself an Evol breakfast sandwich since I don't have any bread to make toast. I also pop a Brooklyn Beans k-cup into the coffee maker.

10:30-11am-Eat my breakfast and drink coffee while watching the last half of Booze Traveler. Share a bit of my breakfast with the dogs. Browse through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Timehop.

11am-This is pretty early for me. I decide to spend more time on the phone.

11:15am-12:15pm-Take a shower, dress, do my hair and make-up. I'm planning to meet a guy for drinks after work, so I take extra time with my make-up, clothes, and hair, and put on the jewelry set from Rocks Box that I got. Fancy!

12:15-12:25pm-I grab my purse to go to work. Sofie starts barking because she knows I'm going to leave and she has to tell me things. My mom's awake and is opening the mail to find my grandpa's Discover statements for the last few years. They got these because his (former) caregivers are suspected of charging $11,000+ to his card without his knowledge or permission.

12:25-12:30pm-Time to leave for work! I can't get out of the driveway until my brother moves his car, however, something I only realize after trying to back out.

12:40-ish (??)-I get to the gun store where I work, carrying a gun my dad (a gunsmith) asked me to take back. There's a salad waiting for me at my desk so I settle in to eat. Meanwhile, the store's in chaos because they had a bunch of safes delivered. There are boxes taller than I am stacked the back.

12:50-2:30pm-I start digging into the puzzle of how to automate inventory on the store's new website, which I'm setting up. It involves FTP servers and spreadsheets and reinforces my opinion that Microsoft Office is a pain in the ass.

2:00pm-Two of the gun store employees are out delivering safes, so the owner asks me to help out in the store. I hit the used guns counter and there's a grumpy old guy and a younger guy both looking at guns. I ask them if they want to look at anything. The older guy looks at a Winchester shotgun and the younger guy looks at a SCCY pistol. Older guy is not happy with the shotgun. Then he complains about the price of shells. I'm like, shrug. I literally know nothing about shotgun shells. Nevertheless, older guy's gonna buy some shells and clay pigeons, so I refer him to the checkout counter.

I go over to help the younger guy. He's having a tough time making a decision because his desire to buy a gun is warring with his knowledge that his wife's going to go into a glare-a-thon if he buys another gun. His buddy stops by to help convince him he needs another gun.

2:30pm-Younger guy has decided he has enough cash on him to buy the pistol, which he believes will keep his wife from noticing he bought Another Gun. I get him started on his background check. His friend asks me about gun holsters, and I'm like, "I don't know." I'm like the gun store version of that guy who gave me a blank look at Barnes & Noble when I asked if they had any copies of The Casual Vacancy ON THE DAY IT WAS RELEASED. I will never complain about retail employees who don't know their product ever again.

3pm-The other employees are back from delivering safes, to I return to computer stuff. As I poke around the wholesaler's files, I wonder if automating via FTP uploads will actually save us any time. I need to pull back for a sec and reevaluate.

4:30-5pm-Delete sold inventory from the store's current website. I'm not updating new inventory right now since I'm focusing my energies on the new website.

5:45pm-The gun store owner reminds me it's time to go home and I can't sleep in the store.

5:50pm-Refresh my lipstick for my date before I leave.

5:55pm-Loaded up with a heck ton of guns for my dad to work on, I head to the bar to meet up with my date.

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6:00pm-Date's not there. I check Facebook and he's canceled on me to go to a party with his friends. I guess at least he let me know?

6:10pm-Back at home. I can tell my mom's out because her friend's car is parked out on the street and her car is gone. My dad is sitting with my grandpa out back. I cuddle the dogs while I tell my dad about my day at the gun store.

6:30pm-Go check my email.

7:00pm-Relax time! I am so hungry. My grandpa goes home and I munch on snacks while checking Twitter and letting Grimm play in the background (multitasking FTW). I only now realize I forgot about A Day In the Life even though I reminded myself to do it at least a dozen times.

7:10pm-My grandpa's new GPS tracker goes off. My dad can't figure out if he pushed a button wrong or if he actually needs help, so he goes to my grandpa's house to check on him.

7:30pm-My dad returns with the GPS tracker, which my grandpa cut off his wrist with a bread knife in under an hour. I'm impressed! I thought for sure it would take him at least two hours. My grandpa has Alzheimer's and the GPS tracker was the last resort my parents were willing to try before putting him in a nursing home. My dad is not happy.

7:45-8:10pm-Dinner! We're having grilled chicken thighs, fried noodles and potatoes, and green beans. I loooooove green beans. My dad has many feels about my grandpa.

8:10-8:20pm-I do the dishes.

8:25pm-I break a coupe glass. Bloody fantastic (literally, I cut myself at the base of my thumb when the glass broke and there's blood everywhere). This is the second antique glass I've smashed in two weeks. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

8:39pm-Nothing on TV. Start working on this post.

9:30pm-Dad objects to the opera/ballet I have playing the background. Understandable, actually-it's pretty boring. We watch Nashville On the Record instead.

10:30pm-Mom comes home. Dad's like, "Say nothing." She told him the GPS tracker wouldn't work.

11:07pm-Time to get in my pajamas, methinks.

11:30pm-Actually get up from the couch to get into my pajamas. Wash my face, take out my contacts, and do my nightly yoga while listening to an audiobook.

11:45pm-Really settle down to watch Grimm.

Sometime after 12:30am-Fall asleep on the couch.

3:30am-Wake up on the couch, surrounded by three black dogs. *cuddles*

4:00am-Get up, brush my teeth, go to my room and try to read for a bit.

4:50am-Nodding off. My brother's going to wake up soon, so I better get to sleep while I can. I get into bed, put in my earbuds, and set my white noise app to run for two hours. Fall asleep.

Wow, that was actually kind of a weird, depressing day now that I read over it, even though at the time it felt normal. This was an interesting exercise; I didn't realize I approach my days quite like this.

Thanks for hosting, Trish! I had fun reading over everyone's Day In the Life.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Review: THE SCULPTOR by Scott McCloud

the sculptor cover

David Smith is having the weirdest, worstest birthday ever. He just got fired, he's about to be kicked out of his apartment, he's flat broke, and it looks like his dreams of becoming a successful sculptor are about to die a cruel death. Then he runs into his Uncle Harry. Problem: Uncle Harry's dead. Instead, David's talking to the Grim Reaper, who offers him a deal he can't refuse. David will receive the ability to magically manipulate any material with his bare hands, a dream for the down-on-his-luck artist. The catch is, if he accepts the offer, he'll die in 200 days. David agrees eagerly, only to find out that success and ability don't necessarily go hand-in-hand, and 200 days isn't nearly long enough when you're in love.

Scott McCloud is undoubtedly considered an expert on the subject of comics–his book, Understanding Comics, is the go-to comic book about comics, or so I've heard–but The Sculptor is his first graphic novel. I have to agree with Neil Gaiman that it's the best graphic novel I've read in years. But it's also cynical as shit and gives Hamlet a run for its money in depressing endings.

It would be a little too much to call The Sculptor masterful, but it is REALLY well-done, and it's definitely something you should read, especially if you're a fan of Bryan Lee O'Malley. McCloud and O'Malley share a gift for telling a visual story in a very clear, yet expressive way. There are no wasted lines or panels in The Sculptor: everything on the page is drawn economically and is well-composed, with an understanding of how to use negative space for visual impact. As someone who tends to gets headaches reading graphic novels that are visually cluttered, I absolutely loved McCloud's drawing style.

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David discovers his new powers.

The story is very well-told, too, and it's meaty. McCloud takes the typical art historical tale of the hero-genius and turns it on its head, questioning why we create art, why we buy it, why we lionize it, and what the definition of success should be. I loved that David's sculpture develops over the course of the novel. I have to admit, when I saw his first sculptures, I thought they were borderline terrible. But by the end of the book he's actually doing things that are very original and interesting.

That said, I'm not sure The Sculptor is really about art per se. It's more about ego and legacy and forming connections. As in some of the greatest heroic journeys, David has to be stripped of absolutely everything, even his promises to himself, before he can recreate himself and change his life.

I also loved the main female character, Meg. Talk about a fully-realized female character. Even though her role in the book is basically as David's love interest, she has her own things going on and a complex backstory with a believable, unidealized personality that McCloud does a fantastic job of expressing both visually and through dialog.

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David checks out his competition for an important art prize.

I would absolutely give The Sculptor five stars and list it as one of my favorite books... if it wasn't for the ending. Look, The Sculptor's obviously going to be a tragedy, that's clear very early in the novel. But the cynicism of the conclusion and the way it played out completely blindsided me. Life has no meaning and we all die and there's no afterlife. Oh, and no one gives a fuck about art and nothing matters. I've felt more cheerful after watching Romeo & Juliet. I'm not saying McCloud should have changed the ending–it made sense with the story–just that I can't fully get behind something that unrelentingly cynical.

I still think The Sculptor is very much worth reading, though. And you've been warned about the ending, so you can prep with some whiskey to brace yourself.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Snapshot and Spring is Here!

Sunday Snapshot is a summary of my weekly exploits, bookish and non. What's your week been like?


This week was better than last, productivity-wise. The reason will become apparent post-haste!

What I'm reading right now:
The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss (library book)
I started this book very skeptical, but there's tons of great advice here. It's not so much about making money as working as efficiently as possible so that you can do what you want and have fun. I'm a proponent for having fun.
Roulette, by Megan Mulry (ebook)
I know a bunch of bloggers love this book, even though I can't remember who specifically recommended it at the moment. Anyway, the recommendations are on target-it's pretty good!

Movies watched this past week:
The Gunman, starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, and Jasmine Trinca
Three thoughts: 1) Sean Penn's been working out. Way, way too much. 2) I love it when there's one female character in the whole movie and she's basically a bone for the hero and villains to fight over. That's my favorite. 3) Hand wounds are lethal! I kept waiting for someone to mutter, "Out, out damn spot."

Subscription boxes received this week:

rocks box

I got my Rocks Box on Monday and I have to say I'm pretty happy with it! I think this service is totally worth it. The jewelry items are ones I'd never pick out for myself but I've fallen in love with them, and the necklace goes with so many of my outfits.

bulu box

I also got my Bulu Box, which I'd totally forgot about ordering. This is a sign I should pull back on the subscription boxes, no doubt. Bulu was better than I thought it would be-I like the Allergease, which are basically fancy Ricolas. Haven't tried any of the other stuff yet but it all looks healthful and useful.

Reviews in the Queue:
Supermind by Mark Phillips

Theme of the week:
A few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to lose five pounds. A measly five pounds. This is the first time in my life I've actively tried to lose weight and it's infuriating! I lost three pounds the first week-great-but now I've gained it all back and I've been doing the exact same things. WTF?!

I've been thinking a lot about my favorite songs this week. There are a half dozen songs that I think of almost like talismans: Tequila Sunrise, What's New, Besame Mucho, Poncho and Lefty, U Got it Bad, and Coming Up (which is my personal theme song). What are your favorite songs?

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