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When it’s Summer and you Feel Like Meh

Common opinion would have us believe that if there’s ever a time for happiness, it’s during the summer. Sun all day, beaches, cocktails on the patio….How can it all fail to bring a smile to your face? While we accept the winter blues, if it’s summer and you feel kind of like s***, it’s hard […]

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Four Books to Get Your Sweaty Hands on Before the Summer Ends

Summer is winding to a close and it is hot, hot, hot. If you’re melting away in a woefully under-airconditioned home, and you only have the strength to keep your eyes open and turn pages, we’ve got just the thing for you. But you’ll need to get these books quick. Once the weather cools, you’ll […]

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Dealing with Domestic Disasters: Six Items to Have on Hand

A few weeks ago, I had what you might call a plumbing disaster. I’ll spare you the details, but it involved a toilet and a LOT of water. While the experience was anything but fun, it reminded me of the importance of having a few items on hand for when domestic disasters strike. Perhaps my […]

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Book Talk: Market Street by Anita Hughes

Chick lit, beach books, whatever you want to call it, this stuff is my (zero-feelings-of-guilt) pleasure. Market Street by Anita Hughes embodies everything I love and everything I find wildly problematic about this genre. Cassie Fenton is a thirty-something wife to a Berkeley ethics professor 10+ years her senior, and heiress to the Fenton’s luxury […]

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How to Read Like a Graduate Student

The vast majority of PhD students in the humanities experience a (rather horrible) process known as comprehensive exams. This often involves the creation of several lists of fifty to one hundred books centered around a given topic, which the student must then proceed to “read” (however you choose to interpret that), and then be tested […]

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Three Things to Watch on Netflix

The Documentary: SOMM: Into the Bottle If you’ve been feeling like you’re stuck in a wine rut, just buying the same bottles over and over again, I challenge you to watch SOMM: Into the Bottle and not be inspired to go out and get your grape juice on. This lovely documentary streaming on Netflix invites […]

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BBC Sherlock…you complete me

I’m not one to watch a lot of TV, and so it isn’t uncommon for me to discover a “new” show once the series is over and done. And so I came to Sherlock–three seasons in (not over thank goodness), and six years late. This show has been kind of magical for me. Something resonates […]

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What Are Your Financial Priorities?

In a couple of months, I’m moving out of my studio apartment and into a two-bedroom with a roommate. I’d always sworn the next “roommate” I had would be my spouse. But no, I’m definitely not marrying this person! Sometimes what we think are our biggest financial priorities turn out not to be such. For […]

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On Short-Term Experimentation

A few months ago, I thought I wanted a cat. I’d been thinking about it for almost a year; I’d done all the research on training and breeds… When my adoption application went through and I did my shopping at PetSmart, I started to have a bad feeling. When I took my new cat home, […]