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Book review originally posted June 2004 With thanks to Guthrum, oddly enough, who showed me loving horror didn't mean you were one. ;-) King has actually written two books here. One is a surprisingly candid review of his memories of childhood and young adulthood. The other is about the craft of writing, and it is […]

Originally written December 2003: more of a grumble than usual… As you probably don't know, by profession I am a web site designer. I take pride in my work, as I assume most competent craftspeople do. However, recently I've had the most incredible frustration in my job — on this very web site! — due […]

Originally written in the late 1990's for a "Popular Culture" Anthropology class. In her book Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature, Janice A. Radway explores the apparent fascination of romantic fiction to many women, and examines the needs this literary genre fulfills for its readers. Our required reading was the Introduction and the […]

Originally written in the early 1990's for an absolutely amazing class on the bible as history and literature. My later notes, to clarify the paper, are in blockquotes. The story of Genesis in the bible has been used throughout history as an excuse for, and explanation of, why women should be subjugated by men. This […]

Just got back from the opening weekend of the newest exhibit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The museum's in the old SGI building, for locals, and it's a lovely little place. The exhibit is a working Babbage Difference Engine! The following is based on my memory of what transpired, so if […]

Basic

In: LIBRARY, Movie review

directed by John McTiernan 1 August 2006 movie review by Collie Collier Credits: For Dave, who brought it over — you know me too well! ;) This is apparently a movie with a very mixed reputation. I came to it unsure as to whether it would be any good, since I'd heard both that it […]

The "Silk" Series

In: Book review, Feminism, LIBRARY, Writing

by Mary Jo Putney 20 July 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For my kind-hearted and thoughtful recommender, who I hope will both find this review interesting; and understand that while I didn't care for the books, I was quite touched at her efforts to help me. Also for Lou, who helped me remember […]

Memoirs of A Geisha

In: Feminism, LIBRARY, Minorities

by Arthur Golden 1 July 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For Casey, who always encourages me to think. Also, I so want the beautiful soundtrack! ;) Synopsis The fictional story of Sayuri, the most celebrated geisha of her time, and how she came to that position. The story's emphasis is more on the […]

A Million Little Pieces

In: Ethics questions, LIBRARY

by James Frey 15 June 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For my book club, without whom I would not have read this peculiarly fascinating book. Note: there are quotes from the book in this review, which contain foul language. Please consider yourself warned. This is the gripping story of Frey's painful but ultimately […]

Angels & Demons

In: Ethics questions, LIBRARY, Religion

by Dan Brown 1 June 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For Greg, because he gave me my first ever specifically-requested book review. Woohoo, I feel so official! He even sent me the book — what a sweetie! ;) There is detailed plot information in this review. Please do not read if you don't […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.

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