Tag Habitually Distracted

More Than Just A Sequel: The Empire Strikes Back

Picture the scene: It’s 1980, summer’s approaching, and I’m impatiently awaiting the release of the most anticipated movie sequel of my fifteen years. Everyone knows there’s no way it can top its predecessor, so we’re settling for hoping it’ll at least measure up and remain true to the spirit of the original. Not only would that new installment turn out to be better than I could’ve hoped, it would eventually

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The Joys of a Good Morning’s Sleep

Here’s a thing about me: I hate getting out of bed in the morning. When I was young, my mother warned me to always be careful about using the word “hate.” It was a powerful thing, she told me. It could hurt others’ feelings and eventually turn me into a bitter person. It couldn’t be taken back, either. Once I spoke it into being, it was there to stay. So trust

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Moving Stuff and Things: Home is Where the Box Is

I don’t like to brag, but I think I could accurately guess the actual contents of a box based on its feel and weight. All I’d need to do is pick it up and shake it a bit, and then I’d be able to tell you whether it contains a George Foreman grill, bedsheets, stereo speakers, silverware, or an assortment of albums from the 1970s. Fun fact: Late 1970s records

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Share this Article (Unless You’re Afraid of Being Shamed Online)

People share things they care about on social media all the time. Sure, it can be annoying, and let’s face it, people can sometimes come across as a bit one-note. This is what having an online presence means, participating in a marketplace of rich ideas, immersing oneself in a vibrant exchange of information vital to a healthy society. There’s a bit of everything out there. One guy, for example, likes to

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It Is Happening Again: The Damn Fine Return of Twin Peaks

Good news, friends and neighbors: Twin Peaks is back on Showtime. For the uninitiated, Twin Peaks is a television series created by filmmaker David Lynch and writer Mark Frost. Set in a sleepy and slightly creepy Washington lumber town, the show centers around the investigation into the murder of Laura Palmer, a homecoming queen with a ton of secrets. If you aren’t old enough to remember the phenomenon that was

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Ten of My The Princess Bride Novels: The Twelve Book Edition (Part Two)

Two weeks ago, I started a list of my top ten The Princess Bride novels, books I can always return to, pick up, and read. Each one of these novels changed the way I thought about reading, writing, and the way I saw the world. Here are installments seven through twelve.   Straight Man by Richard Russo The day I graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in English, ready to

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