August 9, 2011
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My Cats

Pan, 3.5 stars. Excellent cat with a complicated, affectionate personality and an extremely soft coat. Talkative, with a piercing Siamese-style meow – also displays that breed’s extreme loyalty toward only one person (me!).

August 8, 2011
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Punchout: Crazy, Stupid Love

One film. Two reviewers. Mary Catharine Grau and Stephen Nowak weigh in on whether the summer’s hottest chick flick is dudeworthy, too.

August 8, 2011

Punchout: Cowboys & Aliens

Spaceships? Six shooters? Sure, we’ve seen plenty of western-influenced science fiction. (We’re looking at you, Firefly. But how does Cowboys & Aliens stack up against The Wild, Wild West and Back to the Future III? Our intrepid reviewers tell all.

August 8, 2011
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Punchout: Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson

A dead boy is the life force of this impressive debut novel–and not in a Lovely Bones sorta way. Our reviewers tell all (and you decide which reviewer does so more eloquently).

July 31, 2011
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To The Waitress At The Smiley Creek Campground Lodge Who Questioned The Validity Of My Driver’s License

“Thank you. I understand that my driver’s license is from another state, and that you’re having difficulty locating my birth date because in Indiana we don’t put it where you put it here in Idaho.”

July 28, 2011
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Lazarus (For Dusty)

“he loved the here and now of her / the way she still believed / he knew no history / saw no scars” A new poem by Lorianne Wright.

July 28, 2011
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The Cost Of Mourning

The air is sooty as I make my way from the metro to the cemetery gates of Pere Lachaise, the small city whose famous, almost famous and infamous inhabitants lie beneath crooked cobblestone alleys, streets, and boulevards. I know that even though I’m wearing a raincoat, two sweaters, pants, boots and a scarf, somehow the dirt…

July 27, 2011
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St. Johnny’s Speed Is Dreaming

Rediscovering a fuzzed-out alternative guitar-rock gem from a time when Kurt Cobain was alive and grunge was the only music that mattered (to A&R guys).

July 27, 2011
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Punchlist, Week of 8/15/11

This week’s list, by Ken Honeywell, includes a band you need to hear, a film you need to see, a place you need to visit, a writer you need to read, and a website you need to read.

July 13, 2011
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I Got A Good Feeling About My Teach For America Application

Who could be a better candidate for repairing failures in the education system than me: a failure of the education system? (You see? I used the more colloquial “me” in that last sentence when I should have used “I”–a common, albeit telling, mistake.)

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