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    Fiction 1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 2....

    Fiction
    1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    2. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
    3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    4. Underworld by Don DeLillo
    5. The Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow
    6....
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    Iím about a quarter of the way into My Favorite...

    Iím about a quarter of the way into My Favorite Thing is Monsters, and after doubting the hype, Iím continually blown away by it. If this keeps up, itís bound to be a once-in-a-decade comic.
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    I guess I need to see The Florida Project and...

    I guess I need to see The Florida Project and mother! before voting.

    Glad to see Daniel Hart got recognized for A Ghost Story. It’s a fantastic score and he’s a cool guy.
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    I went to college at 27 and passed for like 20...

    I went to college at 27 and passed for like 20 for two years. I don’t know if I’d want to do it again now at 32. But I’m debating going to law school at some point.
  5. I got an extra $3 a week. So I'm doing twice as...

    I got an extra $3 a week. So I'm doing twice as good as Paul Ryan's secretary friend.
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    Poll: I went to the noon matinee showing of this, and...

    I went to the noon matinee showing of this, and the theater was packed. I ended up about four rows back from the screen in a large auditorium. A little girl walking in in a dashiki and T'Challa mask...
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    Update: 1. Twin Peaks: The Return 2. Phantom...

    Update:

    1. Twin Peaks: The Return
    2. Phantom Thread
    3. Personal Shopper
    4. Good Time
    5. The Ornithologist
    6. Nocturama
    7. Get Out
    8. Lady Bird
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    Current subscription list: This American Life...

    Current subscription list:

    This American Life
    Radiolab
    Serial
    More Perfect
    Invisibilia
    Revisionist History
    Embedded
    Code Switch
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    Poll: Yep. I think I understand most of it (I really...

    Yep. I think I understand most of it (I really want/need to see it again), but it's more of a mood piece.
  10. Yeah. This is pretty indefensible. On the...

    Yeah. This is pretty indefensible.

    On the other topic, Tarantino says he never got into contact with Maureen Dowd. The NY Times has said Dowd contacted his publicist who said Tarantino was made...
  11. I wonder how well Tarantino's oeuvre will stand...

    I wonder how well Tarantino's oeuvre will stand the test of time.

    The last time I watched Pulp Fiction I didn't find it as electrifying as I used to, the "dead n----r storage" has aged extremely...
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    I'm going to try to be serious about this this...

    I'm going to try to be serious about this this year; I also want to read lots of long books.

    Fiction
    1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
    2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    3. The...
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    Poll: I love Bridge of Spies, and Lincoln is really,...

    I love Bridge of Spies, and Lincoln is really, really good. The Post is not on that level.
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    Someone informed me that Ollie's (a Big Lots-type...

    Someone informed me that Ollie's (a Big Lots-type store) was had a bunch of DC graphic novels super cheap.

    I picked up the first volume of the Starman omnibus (which I've wanted to read forever),...
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    I'm a sucker for crime/detective fiction and...

    I'm a sucker for crime/detective fiction and cop/courts shows as well. Maybe because I cover courts as a journalist. I don't find it that embarassing, though.
  16. Not so fast. ...

    Not so fast.

    http://www.vindy.com/news/2018/jan/26/ice-refuses-stay-adis-deportation/

    I got to write this article on the same day I wrote a story about 9 people becoming U.S. citizens. Brutal.
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    Video games are the only habit I occasionally...

    Video games are the only habit I occasionally feel ashamed about.

    I was initially going to say Rihanna's music, but I don't know that I'm actually embarrassed by that.
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    Poll: Let's play the ranking game! 1. The Master 2....

    Let's play the ranking game!

    1. The Master
    2. Inherent Vice
    3. Punch-Drunk Love
    4. Phantom Thread (tentative ranking)
    5. There Will Be Blood
    6. Boogie Nights
    7. Magnolia
    8. Hard Eight
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    I feel like I finally have a respectable top 10...

    I feel like I finally have a respectable top 10 (I've only seen 23 films this year thus far. I can't believe I used to watch ~80 new releases a year at one point.)

    1. Phantom Thread
    2. Personal...
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    Poll: The Master isn't masterpiece level? This is a...

    The Master isn't masterpiece level?

    This is a film I couldn't have had less interest in given the subject matter, but I was engrossed from very early on. I agree with Wats in that it feels like a...
  21. Poll: A sheriff's deputy referred to detective for a...

    A sheriff's deputy referred to detective for a local police department using that word recently, and it caught me off guard.
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    Update: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/house-blocks-trump-deport-palestinian_us_5a60c754e4b062a7df0bb547

    Congress did something good
  23. I saw Al’s wife today at their convenience store...

    I saw Al’s wife today at their convenience store and deli. She wasn’t even allowed to say goodbye to him. Had to talk to him on a phone through glass.

    This is a guy who agreed to leave the...
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    Me too, and unfortunately it is the countertop at...

    Me too, and unfortunately it is the countertop at my apartment.
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    Fortunately, I'm the only one who has to read my...

    Fortunately, I'm the only one who has to read my notes. At least provided I don't get sued for libel.
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