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Rainy Day Reads: Christmas traditions

Every family has its Christmas traditions and my family’s, unsurprisingly, involved books.

We were fond of advent calendars, especially the ones with little doors that opened onto chocolate treats for each of the 24 days before Christmas. But we also had a different sort of advent calendar, one which, if we had bothered to name it, would have been called 24 Days of Christmas Books.

Jane Austen and her groupies

It would seem there’s never been a better time to be a Jane Austen fan. Her six novels are readily available, along with a plethora of sequels, modern interpretations, supernatural variations and guidebooks. A quick look around a bookstore or online will reveal such offshots as “Austenland,” “Austentatious,” “Austensibly Ordinary,” “Mr. Darcy’s Diary,” “Mr.

A slew of indictments

There has been a slew of indictments issued by grand juries in Juneau in the past few weeks, some of which have made headlines. Here's a comprehensive list of all the indictments handed up as of late, by date issued.

Nov. 21:

Complete list here

Nov. 14:

On literary pretentiousness

I like to pretend I’m not pretentious about what I read. I like to say I treat my fantasy novels, my young adult fiction and my classics all the same.

But I don’t.

And people, I’ve been reading Proust.

For a long time, I avoided Proust because I felt he personified pretentiousness. What could be more self-indulgent than a seven-volume novel of more-or-less fictional remembrances of a dead French dude? What could be more ostentatious than telling all your friends you were reading him?

Maybe telling all of Juneau you were reading him.

And enjoying it.

The Art of the Novella

One day whilst browsing at Hearthside, I came upon a little orange book. The book was “Parnassus on Wheels” by Christopher Morley and I quite enjoyed it. It’s about books and I love books. And at the end of this book was a list labelled “More titles in the Art of the Novella series.”

What young adult novels have taught me about how America will be destroyed

In 2008, Suzanne Collins published “The Hunger Games” and a publishing phenomena was born: teen post-apocalypse dystopian novels. This was a bandwagon to which I happily attached myself, combining as it does the bleak bitterness of adult dystopia with the frothy writing style of young adult fiction.

A month in book photos

I could come up with some grand reason for having gathered together the photos you see below, but I won’t. It was curiousity, plain and simple, that caused me to type “book” in to the search bar of the AP Exchange periodically during October. I wanted to see what kind of photos of books would pop up over the course of a month and these are the best of the results:

There were small people reading:

Choose Neil Patrick Harris

If you read only one celebrity biography ever, make it “Choose your Own Autobiography” by Neil Patrick Harris. Not because you love NPH, though why wouldn’t you love NPH? Not because you think he has the most life-changing things to say out of any celebrity, I haven’t read any other celebrity biographies so I can’t judge. Read “Choose Your Own Autobiography” because it’s fun.

Almost famous

After missing out on an opportunity to attend a star-studded fundraiser concert featuring Willie Nelson, I decided that when opportunities arise, I should take them, however weird the circumstances might be. So, when I got a text message that someone had recommended me to be on a reality television show set to film in Juneau, I ignored my gut instinct to stay very far away and called the woman seeking a couple willing to fake-buy a home. 

We've got a win, but don't stop now

Congratulations to everyone who has the opportunity to get married! Maybe I'm still in the honeymoon phase, but I think marriage is great. 

I was in a rental car between Seattle and Redmond, Oregon, when former State Reporter Mark Miller texted me the news. Of course, things evolved over a few days as a stay was requested and talk of fighting the decision inevitably bubbled up, but I didn't allow that to stop me from feeling very happy for my friends who now have that same right I do. I'm looking forward to the wedding invitations.

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