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Thought Circus ::: Extraordinary Information About Our World | October 19, 2017

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Oz: The Great and Powerful Review

March 19, 2013 |

As we drove home from this movie, my wife was talking to her mom on the phone and she said “it was really good! Not ‘Tim Burton-y’ at all!” And I realized:

She nailed it.

This does seem like the … Read More

Friday Excerpt | A Confederacy of Dunces

March 8, 2013 |

Ignatius J. Reilly is a combination of Don Quixote and Peter Griffin. But more so Peter Griffin. He’s a bumbling fool who had 10 years of college and still lives with his mom. He’s also quite obese, has a permanently … Read More

When I Was 20 I Discovered I Had Hips (Among Other Things)

February 28, 2013 |

I was raised conservatively and had no idea I had hips until I was 20. Even after this surprising discovery, I still had no idea how to use them.

This is the story of how I discovered and learned how … Read More

Traveling the Classics | Frankenstein

February 27, 2013 |

I was impressed to learn that Mary Shelley published Frankenstein anonymously as a young twentysomething nearly 200 years ago. In reading, I learned that this young woman was way ahead of her time in terms of sociology and understanding human … Read More

Monday Motivation: Kyle Maynard, Douglas Mawson, Aron Ralston

February 25, 2013 |

Editor’s Note: Each Monday we publish an article that follows one central theme and features three people who fit within that theme. The point of these articles? To motivate you to do more, be better, and live fuller. To help … Read More

Traveling the Classics | An Introduction to the Series

February 25, 2013 |

First of all, I’m all about series on blogs. Can’t get enough of ‘em. Can you? Didn’t think so. Second of all, I love books. Like a lot. So, why not combine one and two and find a series about … Read More

This is Portland | A Book Review

February 24, 2013 |

Working at a publishing distribution company has it’s perks, and as someone who handles (almost) every e-book that comes our way, I get some special sneak peeks. This book came across my desk (erm…screen) the other day and instantly caught … Read More

Friday Excerpt | Under the Banner of Heaven

February 22, 2013 |

The excerpt below is author Jon Krakauer responding to an argument made by Mormon historian Dr. Michael Quinn that folks who write about religion should disclose to their readers what their own theological beliefs are. Found in the “Author’s Remarks,” … Read More

Much Ado about Djesus

February 21, 2013 |

When I was a kid, we weren’t allowed to watch Saturday Night Live. It’s not just that it was on past our bedtimes, our parents thought that many of the skits were inappropriate and offensive. We kids didn’t watch it, … Read More

The Biography of [Your Name Here]: How Will History Remember You?

February 20, 2013 |

SCENARIO: It’s 200+ years after your death. A stranger picks up a book with your name on it, and begins reading. It’s a biography of your life. It includes all your successes, all your failures, your relationships, and (perhaps most … Read More