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Title: Coraline Author: Neil Gaiman Printed Pages: 208 Publish Year: 2002 (HarperCollins) Recommended For: Parents who read to their kids, adults that enjoy fairy tales, a quick read, books that end in triumph. First Lines: “Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.” I knew I would love reading Coraline before I even sat down with the first page. I had seen the eponymously-titled animated movie version of the story last year and fell in love with it immediately. The artwork was stunning, the story was thrilling, and I could relate to the protagonist Coraline. Developing a fondness for Gaiman’s writing, particularly his [...]
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Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Author: Patrick Süskind Printed Pages: 263 Publish Year: 1987 (Penguin) Recommended For: People that haven’t felt disturbed in awhile, enjoy macabre thrillers, vivid language. First Lines: “In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His story will be told here.” Sometimes I find it easier to write about a thing by first talking about how it made me feel. Perfume fits into that category. It’s a story that disturbs, yet fascinates. It repulses, yet somehow does it beautifully. For me, [...]
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Something that I’ve made a habit while traveling is taking a ton of photos. Yeah, sure… doesn’t everyone take a lot of photos while traveling? Of course, but I purposely take photos of things that most people wouldn’t consider worthy. If you watch the video below, you’ll see why. It’s the latest in my Rapidfire Memories series of videos I’ve created over the past few years. I take over a thousand photos, dump them all into a video with little-to-no post-processing, add some music and a ridiculously-fast frame rate, and voilà! I like being able to relive a trip or [...]
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Title: Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man’s Fundamentals for Delicious Living Author: Nick Offerman Printed Pages: 353 Publish Year: 2013 Recommended For: Fans of Nick Offerman (or Ron Swanson), people that like to laugh, a glimpse into the acting industry, advice on delicious living First Lines: “I am a jackass living in America and living surprisingly well.” You probably know Nick Offerman from his highly-popular role as the mustachioed Ron Swanson on NBC’s hit comedy: Parks and Recreation. Having never seen the show myself, I had no real idea who the man was. (I don’t watch a lot of television, but don’t worry: I’m working on that!) So, [...]
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Cover for The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Printed Pages: 274 Publish Year: 2008 (The Dial Press) Recommended For: Something different, bucolic scenery, a vision of history, a unique style, flavorful characters, something to read in one or two days. First Lines: “8th January, 1946… Dear Sidney, Susan Scott is a wonder. We sold over forty copies of the book, which was very pleasant, but much more thrilling from my standpoint was the food.” There’s more to love about this book than just its unique title. Written by the late Mary Ann Shaffer, with the help of [...]
Sun, Jan 10, 2016
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I listen to podcasts. Among my favorites: Radiolab, Star Talk, I Should Be Writing, and Astronomy Cast. And now, I’ve added a new favorite: Serial. In April of 2015, it became the first ever podcast to win a Peabody Award. Serial spun off of the popular This American Life podcast and is hosted by Sarah Koenig. It explores a single non-fiction story over a multiple-episode season. The first of twelve episodes of season one aired in October 2014. Before I tell you what season one was about, let me tell you how I came across the podcast. I first listened to it [...]
Sun, Jan 03, 2016
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Buddhist monk in front of mountain
I took this photo in July, 2015. It was my first time visiting Independence Mine, up Hatcher Pass in Alaska. We explored the abandoned mine and followed various footpaths in the surrounding mountain scene. I really wasn’t sure where the trails would take me. Every once in awhile, a flash of orange could be seen scrambling up the rocky landscape. The color contrasted so beautifully with the gray of the mountains. Despite the contrast, the orange robes of the Buddhist monk seemed to belong in this setting. As we were leaving, I looked back to see this scene. I managed to [...]
Tue, Aug 11, 2015
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View of Bunkhouse #1 and other buildings at Independence Mine
View of Bunkhouse #1 and other buildings at Independence Mine Alaska’s Independence Mine is located in what is now the Independence Mine State Historical Park, located in Hatcher Pass. The mine was built in 1934. The mine was closed in 1943, as US involvement in World War II deemed gold mining non-essential to the war effort. Following the war, the mine was re-opened. According to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources: “The wartime ban was lifted in 1946, but gold mining was slow to recover. After the war, gold could be sold only to the U.S. government at a fixed rate [...]
Sun, Aug 09, 2015
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