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Like last year, many of this year’s batch of award-baiting movies are based on real people or stories. I’m not a big fan of this genre because unless you know very little about the subjects, …

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Movie Review: THE DEBT

September 1, 2011 – 12:49 am | 2 Comments
hinds & mirren

The Debt‘s release has been delayed for some time, mostly due to Miramax becoming defunct, but Focus Features is finally getting it out in time for the last holiday weekend before fall. It’s directed by …

My Life As a Book 2011

August 30, 2011 – 12:46 am | 37 Comments

Two years ago, I participated in a fun meme based on this post I saw at Reactions to Reading, in which I finished sentences about myself using only titles of books I read in 2009. …

Book Review: THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES by Jussi Adler-Olsen

August 24, 2011 – 1:40 am | 9 Comments

The prologue of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s The Keeper of Lost Causes (translated by Tiina Nunnally), the first in the Danish Department Q series, made me think of one of the few Latin phrases I retained from …

Thoughts on THE GLEE PROJECT Finale

August 22, 2011 – 12:13 am | 2 Comments

After ten weeks of competition, I was rooting for Damian to win this thing, which would get him a seven-episode arc on Glee. He’s the most likable, the underdog everyone roots for, and producers Ryan …

PCN Gets Nailed!

August 21, 2011 – 12:19 pm | 8 Comments
pcn nails

Someone posted this on my Facebook page and I have to share it. Kandi Rich is an artist who can paint amazing things on her nails. In this picture, she based them on my PCN …

Reading Wrap-up & Fall 2011 Mini Preview

August 18, 2011 – 8:39 pm | 6 Comments

At the year’s halfway mark, which was, ah, a month and a half ago, I wanted to take a look at the books I’ve read so far to see if I was on track to …


August 17, 2011 – 11:14 pm | 8 Comments

After I reviewed Laura Harrington’s gorgeous debut novel, Alice Bliss, she invited me to participate in the Where’s Alice Bliss? campaign, in conjunction with BookCrossing.com, to release copies of the book into the wild and see …

Book Review & Giveaway: RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles

August 15, 2011 – 10:09 pm | 9 Comments
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by Thuy Dinh, editor-in-chief of Da Mau magazine

Rules of Civility, Amor Towles‘s debut novel, deftly reflects the American sensibility of being a nation of transplants. Structured as a bildungsroman, the novel begins in …

Book Discussion: READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline

August 14, 2011 – 5:10 pm | 8 Comments

Early word on Ernest Cline’s debut novel, Ready Player One (Crown, August 16), says it’s a nerd’s delight, being full of 1980s pop culture references, so how could I not read it? My husband also grew …

Conversation about Sydney Theatre Company’s UNCLE VANYA with Cate Blanchett

August 10, 2011 – 2:42 am | 3 Comments

The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, adapted by STC’s co-artistic director Andrew Upton, opened at the Kennedy Center in D.C. this past weekend and will run until August 27. Cate Blanchett (STC’s other co-artistic …

Nerd Going Green

August 7, 2011 – 1:47 pm | 10 Comments
gentlemen's hour

When I’m not blogging, I’m sometimes doing questionable things like running from park rangers up at the Hollywood sign, but sometimes I’m writing for other sites which are craz—er, magnanimous enough to pay for my …


August 3, 2011 – 11:20 pm | 3 Comments
Boyega (in front)

I hated not being able to make this screening last week, but luckily my contributor Eric Edwards was there to cover it. After reading his review below, my butt hurts from kicking myself.—PCN
Forget Cowboys & …