July 26, 2012 • Cookbook: Desserts
For the chocoholic in all of us, a slight twist on a classic ice cream flavor: Chocolate Cookie Dough Ice Cream.
Lindsay Landis’ egg-free cookie dough recipe means you can chow down on the dough itself to your heart’s content... so you might want to make a little extra.
July 26, 2012 • What Would You Do?: Readers Respond to The Last Policeman
If I was to die in six months
awaiting the collision of an asteroid,
I could cry with everyone or wait
to die with everyone or
check Facebook and Twitter. I could run away
to another place, hope for another fate, but
I would think about Leaves of Grass.
And the dirt on the bottom of one’s boot.
I could search for the songs of myself.
Reflect on what I have left –
July 25, 2012 • Fiction: MG & YA
After teasing us with that single, incredible still photo back in April (above, via the Huffington Post), the trailer for Ang Lee's film adaptation of Life of Pi has finally hit the Internet. And oh my... it looks beautiful.
What do you think?
July 25, 2012 • Fiction
Photo by Loudest Noise
Some of fiction’s greatest stories revolve around the anti-villains, the wrongfully accused, or the unfortunately misunderstood.
Today, we take a look at ten characters whose crimes ought to be excused by reasons of redemption-by-death, traumatic childhoods, or a shift in the moral event horizon.
Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter): A married woman has an affair that results in a child, but refuses to give up her lover, and is literally branded a slut for everyone to see. Sure, during the era the novel is set adultery is a stoning offense, but by today’s standards, Hester’s dalliance with Dimmesdale would only earn her a spot on Real Housewives of Boston.
When you take into account that her elderly husband sent her to live in the village by herself, the outcome is hardly surprising, or deserving of such punishment. Hester deserves a pardon, and if she lived today, she’d probably have a book deal.
Severus Snape (Harry Potter): The Potions master of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry makes the list as it remains unclear whether or not Severus Snape’s bravery is known after Harry defeats Voldemort. The only proof of Snape’s true loyalty lay in Dumbledore’s Pensieve, and probably didn’t survive the Battle of Hogwarts, so the world may never know that Snape was, in fact, the greatest triple agent the Wizarding World had ever seen. With that secret out, he surely deserves forgiveness for whatever crimes he might have committed while undercover.
July 25, 2012 • Handbooks: Worst-Case
Okay, that's a little extreme.
The kids have been out of school for a while now, so I thought I would do the parents a favor and give them some advice from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting.
If you are experiencing headaches, dark thoughts, and are beginning to feel like your parents whenever you ask your child keep the noise down to a dull roar, then read on.
July 24, 2012 • Fiction, Movies & Film
As a writer, it’s always interesting to see how Hollywood portrays our kind. I still haven’t seen a movie that shows a writer in her pajamas at three in the afternoon with a sink full of dirty dishes, but there’s hope.
Where do all of these fictional writers get such excellent outfits?
Unforgivable (now playing - limited release) This film, originally released in Belgium last summer, tells the story of a crime writer who moves to an island in Venice. In a cinematic meet-cute, the writer falls in love with his real estate agent and agrees to purchase this writing oasis on one condition: that she also moves in.
The romance takes a dark turn when the author hires someone to follow his new wife, but doesn’t he look great in that flannel?
Lila, Lila (now playing - limited release) Released in Germany in 2009, this romantic comedy focuses on an unassuming waiter named David who falls for Marie -- who claims to fall for writers. David is defeated, until he purchases a secondhand end-table at a flea market and finds a manuscript hidden in its drawer. Passing off the novel as his own, David woos Marie and the two fall in love. But complications arise when Marie secretly submits the manuscript to a publisher and David unknowingly becomes a best-selling author.
Could someone please tell me where these people are who fall for writers? And grab me one of those excellent suit jackets while you’re at it.