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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, […]