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Sassy? [Mar. 2nd, 2007|02:23 pm]
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If anyone has old issues of Sassy magazine laying around, I need them for my masters comp exams, which I'm doing next week. I'm writing a paper comparing the demise of Sassy to the failure of teen girl magazines of today. I will come to you/pay shipping/return them in pristine condition when the week is over. Thanks!
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(no subject) [Dec. 1st, 2006|01:24 pm]
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okay, so i have a paper due monday for my media management class on some aspect of "new media," and i am writing about blogs and their potential for making money. if you write or have ever written a blog, (and i know at least one of you do) i implore you to answer these questions and send them back to me by monday morning. please pass along to your friends. thank you very much!

name:
age:
name of blog:
url:
topic (personal, media, etc.):
why did you choose your host site?
do you keep track of your readers/visitors? if so, how many do you have?
why do you write your blog? what do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
do you or have you made money with your blog? would you like to do so in the future?
would you be willing to put ads on your blog? why/why not?
would you be willing to solicit donations from your readers? why/why not?
would you be willing to sell merchandise your blog? why/why not?
do you hope to eventually make your blog your career?
what's your "real job"?
what blogs do you personally read?
do you know anyone who has made their blog a career?

that's it!! thanks guys!
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2006|11:45 am]
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I just finished The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. I'd never heard of it, but it was a birthday gift from my friend Nicole. Basically, the main character is a 15 year old autistic boy narrating his search for the murderer of a neighborhood dog, and he uncovers some family secrets along the way. Though it was a quick and fun read, as well as an interesting account of what the day-to-day life is like for someone with autism, the "mystery" part of it wasn't all that interesting, and just seemed like a set-up to show what life was like for this kid. It was good to read something that I wouldn't pick up on my own, though.
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2006|10:25 am]
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Apparently A Million Little Pieces was a big fake.

I am kind of glad to hear this, cause I thought this book was heinous and boring.
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2006|11:25 am]
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I realized that I haven't written about anything I read over Christmas break, which is a lot of stuff. The breakdown:

Half of Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, at which point I gave up cause I hated it. It is my book group's book for this month. I'd never read anything by him before and honestly, I don't care to ever again--it was about 20 pages of interesting story followed by 75 pages of crap, repeat.

Personal Velocity, a collection of intertwined short stories by Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller. I became interested in reading this when I saw part of the movie, which stars Kyra Sedgwick, Parker Posey and Fairuza Balk. They were everything a short story should be--vivid, moving and telling, and none of the collection overshadowed the others (each was about an incident in the life of a different woman, from leaving an abusive husband to picking up a runaway.

Places to Look for a Mother by Nicole Stansbury, a novel from the point of view of a girl with a crazy, needy, selfish mother exploring the story of her family throughout her childhood, was wonderful. It was so realistic that I kept forgetting it was fiction.

Riding in Cars with Boys by Beverly Donofrio was so very different than the movie, and so much better. It really captured what it was like to be a teen mother in the 60s. Also, it seemed like that whole Jason/Amelia hooking up years later thing was invented for the film.

My Perfect Life by Lynda Barry, which I realized, after I checked it out of the library, is just the parts of The!Greatest!of!Marlys! (which I already have) that feature Maybonne. Of course, I read it anyway.
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(no subject) [Dec. 14th, 2005|09:24 am]
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The Only Girl in the Car by Kathy Dobie was a very upsetting book. It's a memoir about her teenage years in Hamden, CT, in which she decided at 14 to start having sex, gets a slutty reputation, and terrible things happen. It is a great testament to how sexuality is treated differently for women then it is for men. It's also an excellent portrait of her unique family life. And of course I loved it, because you know me + memoirs by former wayward teenage girls.

I started Selling Women Short: The Battle for Workers Rights at Walmart, recommended by Erika (themachinestops), and it is angering but not at all surprising.

I can't figure out how to unlock my mp3 player, which means it plays but non of the buttons work until the battery dies and i recharge it, which means that i have to listen to whatever it happens to play, which, this morning, was Pretty Hate Machine. Which is totally dated and not at all timeless, and also sucks. The only song I really like, "Something I Can Never Have," is marred by what must be the worst line ever written: "Gray would be the color, if i had a heart." Ooh, Trent, you're so dark. Ugh.
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(no subject) [Dec. 7th, 2005|03:46 pm]
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Lately I have been in the habit of reading entire books in one evening while Tim watches football, under my green blanket on the couch while his butt keeps my feet warm and eating ice cream. This is possibly my favorite way to spend the evening on boring work nights.
Monday night/Tuesday morning on the train it was Necklace of Kisses, the sixth entry in Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat books, mostly just for nostalgia's sake. It was okay. If I was 15 I would have loved it. The story was trite and the best parts were the endless descriptions of yummy food. Mmm, food.

Last week it was Bully, the book based on that heinous movie . It was very entertaining and very, very trashy.

Right now I am reading Superstud: or, How I Became a 24 Year Old Virgin by Paul Feig, the guy who created Freaks and Geeks. This was, I think, partially the basis for The 40 Year Old Virgin.. It's funny enough that I kept reading it even though Roseanne came on. The whole first chapter is about masturbation which, as far as I'm concerned, is always hilarious.

Oh yeah, I watched the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, finally. It was totally not at all scary. And I saw Walk the Line, which managed to be moving even though I knew nothing about Johnny Cash beforehand. It helped that I love Reese Witherspoon. She was riveting.
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book meme! [Nov. 16th, 2005|02:31 pm]
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bold the books you've read, italicize the ones you haven't finished, and underline those you own.
apparently, i'm not as well read as i thoughtCollapse )
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(no subject) [Nov. 8th, 2005|12:59 pm]
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Yesterday, while taking the day off work after being up all night with a sickness I attribute to China House, I read the entirety of Arthur Nersesian's Unlubricated, about a struggling actress in NYC who stumbles upon an unpublished play by a late homeless woman/genius, very obviously based on Valerie Salinis. It was pretty good but one of those books that would not hold up to a second read. I've kind of had it with him and his struggling person in big city makes good modus operandi.

I found my books to read list in a bag that I haven't used since the springtime and so I present it to you, annotated:

Lynda Barry, Cruddy
Pamela des Barres, I'm With the Band (she is a terrible writer but her subject matter is fascinating)
Kathy Dobe, The Only Girl in the Car
Beverly Donofrio, Riding in Cars with Boys (this is one of my favorite movies, believe it or not)
Bret Easton Ellis, Lunar Park (an homage to STephen King, apparently)
Liza Featherstone, Selling Women Short
Paul Feig, Kick Me: Adventures in Adolescence and Superstud, or How I Became a 24-Year Old Virgin (he wrote for Freaks and Geeks! apparently much of what happened to Sam was based on his childhood)
Kathryn Harrison, The Kiss
Stephen King, The Talisman (the only book of his, with the exception of the Dark Tower series, that I have yet to read)
Chuck Klosterman, Fargo Rock City and Killing Yourself to Live (saw him read from this over the summer. so funny.)
the Traci Lords memoir, the name of which escapes me
Judith Moore, Fat Girl
Chuck Palahniuk, Stranger than FictionBarrel Fever and Holidays on Ice (the only things of his I haven't read, no idea why)

what's yours?
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namecheck [Nov. 3rd, 2005|01:26 pm]
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Philadelphia is Nerdopolis, USA

"Why the hell else would we end up with NerdCon and Beadfest and the furvert convention and the Wizard World comics convention and ZineFest plus major sci-fi and anime conventions? If the U.S. is one massive high school, then New York's the cool kid, Washington, D.C.'s the snobby swot, Dallas is the jock, L.A.'s the cheerleader and we're Napoleon Dynamite. We rule!"
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