A not-Megablog about Road Trips

In my most recent blog, I wrote about air travel. I have also previously written about driving in Savannah. Today I would like to merge those two ideas into one megablog about road tripping. On second thought, this doesn’t really warrant the title “megablog.” I’m going to save that one for later. To kick of […]

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Metal Tubes in the Sky

The thing about your entire family living far away is that it means you get to go on a lot of vacations and you don’t have to pay for lodging when you do. Consequently, I have been flying since before I can remember (which, incidentally, coincides with the pre-9/11 glory days). Oddly enough, I don’t actually have […]

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Why I Hate YA Literature

As you can surely tell from the title, we are about to embark on a positive, constructive analysis of one of the most pervasive genres in modern America: YA lit. For the uninitiated among you, this abbreviation refers to “young adult literature,” books written for middle-to-high school aged audiences. And I hate it. I have […]

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Secondhand Hounds

If you follow me on literally any form of social media, you have likely seen at least one of the many pictures of random dogs (and sometimes cats) I’ve posted over the past few months. These adorable photos are facilitated by Secondhand Hounds– and to a lesser extent, American Brittany Rescue– which are both animal […]

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Art Heroes

Recently (okay, last November) I got a job at the Weisman Art Museum on the UMN campus as a gallery guard. I am part of the last defense between a sticky-handed toddler and priceless pieces of art. It is not a job I take lightly.   You might realize that me holding this job is […]

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Defining Ophelia

Ophelia has not been remembered fondly over the years. “Fragile,” “wanton,” and “weak” are commonly ascribed traits to this admittedly tragic heroine; it seems she is either a cold temptress or an object of pity, and rarely anything more. These epithets, though reductive, are forgivable conclusions— when the title character utters over a third of […]

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