Category Archives: Books

My Picks for July’s Best TV, Book, Movie, Theater and More

Where is the summer going?? As another warm weather month winds down, I have selected, as I did last month, my favorite pop culture experiences from the last 30 days. (See my picks for June here.) Here we go… BEST … Continue reading

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My Picks for June’s Best TV, Film, Books and Theater

It’s July. Wow, how did that happen? Before we embark on the second half of 2013, I thought I would take a few minutes to look at the best pop culture experiences I had last month. BEST NEW TELEVISION SHOW … Continue reading

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The Personal and the Creative Meet in the Brilliant SONTAG: REBORN and JUST KIDS

On my way down to New York Theater Workshop last night to see the wonderful new production of Sontag: Reborn, I was reading, as I often do, on the subway. I’m currently about 70% through, and absolutely loving, Patti Smith’s memoir Just … Continue reading

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My Complicated Relationship with Book Clubs

I find reading to be a very intimate experience. Whether I’m doing it in bed, lying next to a pool, on the subway, or in a restaurant by myself, there is nothing quite like losing myself in a good book, … Continue reading

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Summertime, and the Reading is Easy — Or Is It?

I had a ritual when I was a kid — as soon as school was out for the year, I’d sit down and do an audit of all of the books I’d been collecting throughout the year that I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Where Did My Love For Glee’s Lea Michele Go?

I used to absolutely adore Lea Michele, but something has happened since she shot to stardom — she’s become really, really annoying. Don’t get me wrong, I still think she’s got one of the best musical theater voices in the … Continue reading

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Weekend Spare Time: Scandal, Downton Abbey, and The Strand Bookstore

Oh weekends, how I love thee. Since I spent Thursday night groovin’ at The Public Theater’s Here Lies Love and then catching up on the American Idol finale, I wasn’t able to watch the season finale of the hopelessly addictive Scandal the night it aired. … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Casting of The Fault in Our Stars’ Augustus Waters — Ansel Elgort Is Our Gus

While folks on the internet have spent the last year fantasy casting Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, the role I’ve been on pins and needles about is Augustus Waters in John Green’s brilliant novel The Fault … Continue reading

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