for July, 2014
Reading Harry Potter Made You Better

Congratulations! Reading “Harry Potter” made you a better person.

July 31, 2014

A few days ago, I wrote an article about 50 Shades of Grey and how damaging the book is as far as the messages it sends to its readers. Similarly to Twilight, 50 Shades depicts a horribly abusive relationship as one that we should all strive toward. Seriously, the BDSM sex aside, it sounds like Christian Grey is an overbearing, condescending asshole and I don’t understand why anyone reading the books would idealize that kind of relationship, but whatever. The same thing happened with Edward and Twilight. But 50 Shades of Grey and Twilight aren’t the only books out there changing the way people look at the world, and, thank god, the other book I’m about to talk about is actually changing people for the better. This article has been circulating my newsfeed today because, wouldn’t you know, July 31st is Harry Potter’s birthday. It’s also JK Rowling’s birthday, so, you know, there’s a double win. To celebrate this occasion, […]


“If I don’t love it, I don’t swallow.”

July 30, 2014

I love Pixar something awful. Seriously, 99% of their stuff is pure gold (but I’ll admit, I didn’t like Cars very much and I didn’t even bother watching Cars 2). But when it comes down to it, I think Pixar does something amazing other movie companies just aren’t doing much of anymore: coming up with awesome, unique, and innovative stories. Seriously, have you ever seen a movie quite like Finding Nemo? The Incredibles? Ratatouille? Well, if you know much about Pixar at all, you’d have recognized the quote I used for the title of this article as something out of Ratatouille. It’s what Anton Ego says to Linguine when they’re having that public trash session in front of the media toward the end of the film. You know, his response when Linguine tells him he’s skinny for someone who likes food. And Anton says, “I don’t like food; I love it. And if I don’t love it, I don’t swallow.” […]


50 shades of not okay.

July 29, 2014

So. E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey has been getting a lot of attention lately, probably the most attention it’s received since its initial release in 2011. There are a few reasons for that, one of which being the trailer for the movie that has recently and depressingly flooded my Facebook newsfeed. However, I’ve also seen a massive onslaught of 50 Shades of Grey news pop up–and most of it isn’t all that great. You’re probably very aware that I especially dislike the 50 Shades of Grey novels. And, before we get into it, no, I haven’t read them. No, I don’t have to read them to have a valid opinion on how bad they are. And no, I don’t care if that means you’ll dismiss said opinion on the matter because I haven’t read them. But the fact is, I don’t need to read the books to form a solid opinion. I one time fell into a friend’s trap […]


Swimming the lake.

July 28, 2014

This weekend, my husband swam across a lake. Okay, it was actually a reservoir, and technically the water level was decreasing due to a drought in the area, but still. He swam from one shore to the other and then back again all on his own. We were camping with a group of my favorite people and he was so excited to get in the water. My Partner in Crime is a big swimmer. His family was really involved when he was young, probably because his father was a coach and he and his brother learned to swim almost before they were walking. So when we decided to go camping on the reservoir, the first thing he packed was his speedo and his wetsuit. It was kind of traumatizing, to be honest, being the pregnant wife of the crazy guy swimming across the lake on his own. It was especially traumatizing because people were boating and jet skiing across the […]


Worst literary sidekicks.

July 27, 2014

All right! Yesterday we talked about the best literary sidekicks. It’s only fair that today we discuss the worst. Well, maybe not the worst. There are some pretty shitty sidekicks out there. But this list is at least a good collection of sidekicks that really weren’t that great. Some of these are going to be a little controversial. Let’s see where this goes! Lancelot I don’t know how familiar all of you are with the stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, but even if you aren’t, you’ve probably, at the very least, heard the name Lancelot. Now, here’s the deal. He’s commonly considered Arthur’s “greatest companion,” his second-hand-man. You know, The King’s best friend. But the fact of the matter is, Lancelot is pretty much the douchiest of douches. Not only does he sleep with Arthur’s wife, Guinevere, but his sleeping with said queen pretty much results in Arthur’s whole kingdom collapsing. Pretty shitty, if […]

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