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May 1, 2016 – 9:18 pm | No Comment

One minute, a five-year-old boy is walking home with his mother. The next, he’s dead, hit by a car after letting go of his mother’s hand to run ahead. As if the situation weren’t nightmarish enough, …

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Binge TV Reviews: THE NIGHT GRANTCHESTER and HAPPY THORNE-y KIMMY SCHMIDT

April 18, 2016 – 11:07 pm | One Comment
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For the last two months, I’ve been binge-watching several shows and they all happened to be British series…until Kimmy Schmidt returned for her second season last Friday on Netflix. Here are some overall thoughts on these shows’ entire …

Movie Review: THE JUNGLE BOOK

April 13, 2016 – 9:41 pm | One Comment
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The first question I asked when I went into a screening of Disney’s live-action remake of The Jungle Book was: Is this a musical? The answer: No.
Fine by me.
My second question was: Will “The Bare Necessities” …

Nerdy Special List April 2016

April 4, 2016 – 10:06 pm | 4 Comments
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I’m so excited April is here, because not only is it my birthday month, about 93 people I know and love also have birthdays. There will be lots of celebrating ’round here! (With loads of cake …

Book Review: THE WATCHER IN THE WALL by Owen Laukkanen

March 30, 2016 – 8:38 pm | 2 Comments
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Adrian Miller, tired of being tormented at school, hangs himself while home alone. But there’s a witness to his act—someone watching via videocam on his computer. Not just watching but encouraging him to do it, …

Headed for Hogwarts: Experiencing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

March 28, 2016 – 12:20 am | 4 Comments
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The new Wizarding World of Happy Potter isn’t officially open at Universal Studios Hollywood until April 7, but Mr. PCN and I received invitations to take an early peek this past weekend. (We’re not that special; …

How HAMILTON Lets Me Be a Part of the Narrative

March 13, 2016 – 7:00 pm | 4 Comments
With writer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda, cast member Daveed Diggs, and other National Student Poets

The following piece is by my niece and contributor, Aline Dolinh, who’s starting college this fall. Whaaaaat? Remember when she was 12 years old and contributing book and theatre reviews to PCN? But I digress. Read …

Q & A with Robert Crais

January 8, 2016 – 12:26 am | 8 Comments
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After a long wait for readers, Robert Crais released The Promise last November. I pounced on it like it was the last piece of bacon post-apocalypse. It’s billed as an Elvis and Joe novel but …