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That Time I Couldn’t Finish Amy Schumer’s Book

Facebook Memories reminded me that on this day last year, I canned Amy Schumer’s stupid book.   The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer My rating: 2 of 5 stars I like Amy Schumer? Maybe? I thought I did? I’m inching closer and closer to the conclusion that I’d like Amy Schumer […]

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Favorite Book of 2017 (So Far)

This is the first time I’ve set a reading goal since the days of BOOK IT. I just finished my 20th book this year (click HERE for a review of that one). I know some people who have read 40 books and others who will read three. We all go at our own pace, but my […]

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Make America Read Again

Read My F*cking Book [Reviews]

I recently had stickers made based on a blog post from 2016 called “Read a Fucking Book”. I made bleeped and unbleeped versions to appeal to different tastes. My coworkers love anything free, so they’ve been scooping them up. One of them asked me, “What’s your blog about? Do you review books?” I actually do […]

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America, I Hate You (America, I Love You)

A few months ago, it occurred to me that I’d been going out and drinking more than usual. “I’m just busy”, I thought. “I say yes to people too often.” And while that’s true, I was a bit too willing. Usually, I’m happiest when I’m being productive and earning my cocktails. (To be clear, I […]

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Your Suburban Apathy

I grew up in Chicagoland. That’s actually what they call it. And by it I mean the great sprawl of suburbs surrounding Chicago. It never occurred to me that “Chicagoland” might sound funny to outsiders until I moved away at 25. It sounds like an amusement park; one that features a 90’s themed Chicago Bulls […]

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What’s Ours

While I agree that there are far more important things to be outraged over than the Mike Pence v. Hamilton showdown, it did bring to mind something I’ve been mulling over for awhile. Reagan used “Born in the USA” during his campaign and Springsteen asked him to stop, HW Bush was shut down from using […]

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Someday

Anthony Bourdain once said about Chicago, “This one of the truly most awesome cities in the world…it’s like the greatest city in America.” Chicago will always be home. I grew up 15 minutes outside the city limits, went to undergrad there and lived in my first apartment there, overlooking the lake on the North Side. […]

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Brock Turner

How Brock Turners Come to Be

I grew up in a middle class family and both of my parents worked full-time, but I went to nice private Catholic schools. This meant “regular” suburban kids like me were mixed in with say, the kids of former Bears players. Tradition was big. As were, of course, sports. Get good grades, look nice, say […]

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Adele: Our Universal BFF

My bed was made up of a thin mattress that sat atop another thin mattress, which sat atop multiple mattress pads. It was concave at its center, and I sunk neatly into it. My iPod had died a few months before I’d left for Costa Rica, and rather than expend the effort towards getting it […]

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Meant2B

One night, when I was 13 years old, I wished upon a falling star that Joe Vanderhoof and I would fall in love and get married. Joe Vanderhoof was a family friend of ours, three years my senior. We grew up together and then one day he morphed into a hot teen and I fell in […]

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