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Like many people, I’ve been distressed by what’s going on in DC and have found it hard to focus on reading for pleasure. I also wondered if movie and book reviews are too frivolous to write at …

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Nerdy Special List December 2012 + Giveaway

December 3, 2012 – 8:45 pm | 10 Comments
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Here’s what my blogging pals and I recommend this month, just in time for your holiday shopping!
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
Invisible (Bantam, Dec. 11) is Carla Buckley’s sophomore novel, and like her debut, The …

Nerdy Mad Libs Results

December 1, 2012 – 11:33 am | 20 Comments

Yesterday we played Mad Libs™, and below are the results, with your words inserted into a fake book review I wrote.
I thought the game would be open for at least a day, but you gave me …

Nerdy Mad Libs!

November 30, 2012 – 1:56 pm | 24 Comments

Over Thanksgiving, I played Mad Libs™ with some friends and laughed my stuffing off at the results. I’d forgotten how fun it is, how much I enjoyed it as a child, playing with my siblings. …

Seussian Thanksgiving

November 23, 2012 – 11:12 pm | 10 Comments

For the past two decades, I’ve most often spent Thanksgiving with my dear friend Mari, who hosts a theme dinner every year. She never fails to make my jaw drop in wonderment at her creativity …

Thank You, Universe

November 21, 2012 – 11:35 pm | 2 Comments
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I have so many reasons to be thankful—the most loving family, friends more generous than I deserve—but luckily those have been true my whole life. This year, I thought I’d mention my thanks to the …

Movie Review: HITCHCOCK

November 21, 2012 – 1:55 am | 2 Comments

Hitchcock (out Friday, Nov. 23), which takes place during the making of Psycho, should be called Hitchcock and Alma. Yes, we get to peek behind the shower curtain to see how the iconic movie was …

Weird Casting Conversation

November 17, 2012 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

Some of you know Mr. PCN is a casting director. I sometimes help answer phones. Yesterday, I had this conversation.
Man on the line, in heavy accent: “Yes. I have Japanese ladies. You looking for Japanese …


November 16, 2012 – 4:12 am | 8 Comments
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I still have to see many more awards contenders, but Silver Linings Playbook is an early favorite. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, charming, moving, wacky, and…well, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Bradley Cooper plays Pat, a bipolar …

ANNA KARENINA Review + Notes from Q&A with Joe Wright & Keira Knightley

November 14, 2012 – 1:04 am | 10 Comments

I attended a Variety screening Monday night of Anna Karenina, and stayed afterward for the Q&A with director Joe Wright and Keira Knightley. It’s the kind of movie that benefits from such a chat.
For the …

Nerdy Special List November 2012

November 12, 2012 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

Here are the November titles we enjoyed:
From Jen at Jen’s Book Thoughts:
The Right Hand by Derek Haas (Nov. 13, Mulholland Books) is an action-packed spy thriller. Haas introduces his American spy, Austin Clay, in …

Movie Discussion: SKYFALL

November 8, 2012 – 7:19 pm | 6 Comments

The AFI Fest started last week (wrapping up today) and for the third year, I’ve been attending as a press member. Last night was the annual “Secret Screening,” revealed at the last minute as Skyfall. Guess …

Literary Conversation Starters

October 23, 2012 – 11:20 pm | 15 Comments

When you read in public, do people often come up to you wanting to discuss your book? It doesn’t always happen to me, but it did tonight while I was at a cafe reading Michael …

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