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The Vine: December 26, 2012
December 26, 2012 – 10:59 AM | 27 Comments
The Vine: December 26, 2012

I have a bit of an apartment problem. Our upstairs neighbors are stompy walkers. I seriously don't understand how normal human beings can make this much noise when they walk. It's not a normal "all …

Arbitrage: No money down
December 23, 2012 – 5:22 PM | 5 Comments
<I>Arbitrage</I>: No money down

Apparently, Arbitrage is getting some Oscars notice. True, said "notice" may consist primarily of its own PR team, but Couch Baron and I decided to check it out, mostly to see if yet another "high-finance …

The Vine: December 21, 2012
December 21, 2012 – 9:03 AM | 34 Comments
The Vine: December 21, 2012

 
Since we're all still here, let's track down some books, eh what?
*****
I've searched for this book on Google and came up with nothing. I read this book in middle school (late '90s). It's about a …

The Age of Innocence (1934): Subtraction by addition
December 21, 2012 – 1:22 AM | 4 Comments
<I>The Age of Innocence</I> (1934): Subtraction by addition

The Age of Innocence's 1934 iteration is an interesting prospect. The stymied romance between old-money lawyer Newland Archer (John Boles) and his bland but correct fiancée's bohemian cousin Ellen Olenska (Irene Dunne), recently escaped from …

The Vine: December 19, 2012
December 19, 2012 – 11:20 AM | 34 Comments
The Vine: December 19, 2012

I'm a happily married mother of two young children; my husband and I are both in our mid-thirties. We don't really disagree about much and we have a pretty great life. But even though we …

Blood and Honor: Listening to the Crow
December 17, 2012 – 12:42 PM | 15 Comments
<I>Blood and Honor</I>: Listening to the Crow

"Bruno was the consummate racketeer. Scarfo, on the other hand, was a gangster."
The crime
It's about the self-destruction the Philly mob, so: pick your felony. But implied also is a metaphorical crime, an affront to the …

The Vine: December 14, 2012
December 14, 2012 – 11:32 AM | 46 Comments
The Vine: December 14, 2012

Here's two for the readers. The first was a book on tape that I listened to but never finished, probably sometime around 1998, although the book itself definitely predated that — I want to say it …

The Vine: December 12, 2012
December 12, 2012 – 3:56 PM | 28 Comments
The Vine: December 12, 2012

I've got a "please help me find this song" request to put out there. My hard-to-buy-for boyfriend has heard a song in the yoga class we've been taking, and I'd like to get him a copy …

X-Files Rewatch: Season 5
December 8, 2012 – 7:19 AM | 11 Comments
<I>X-Files</I> Rewatch: Season 5

So, I started rewatching The X-Files from the beginning — or, really, "watching it," because during the series' run, I came in late and only watched casually. It holds up pretty well almost 20 years later, despite …

The Vine: December 7, 2012
December 7, 2012 – 11:47 AM | 72 Comments
The Vine: December 7, 2012

My family always had advent calendars growing up, and I am looking for suggestions for good advent calendars to purchase now. I am open to reusable or non-reusable ones.
There is also one particular advent calendar …