Going off Book: Inauguration Fashion and Bernie’s Mittens Memes

I promise this is not going to become a blog of "Sarah's random thoughts about miscellaneous things." It is, primarily, a blog devoted to books and the reading life. And I've been reading things. Great things. Stephen Graham Jones' The Only Good Indians blew my mind. It's super fun and scary and you should read … Continue reading Going off Book: Inauguration Fashion and Bernie’s Mittens Memes

Going Off Book – ‘Mank’ and ‘Great British Bake Off’

I remain in the throes of the painter-centric behemoth but I have broken away from it to intake some other media from time-to-time. For today's post, some brief conversation around two pieces: David Fincher's newest film, Mank, and the quarantine season of Great British Bake Off. MankFor his newest film, director David Fincher made a … Continue reading Going Off Book – ‘Mank’ and ‘Great British Bake Off’

Going Off Book: I kind of want a ‘Neverending Story’ remake?

I stare at the boxed faces of 60 traditional-aged college students. I speak to them about David Foster Wallace and Audre Lorde, urging them to pay attention to this precious, weird, fleeting time period, to determine how they will use their power—collective and individual—to improve the world. It is impossible to know if I am … Continue reading Going Off Book: I kind of want a ‘Neverending Story’ remake?

Going Off Book: Quarantine Celebrity-ing, + Notions, Late April Edition

Celebrity-ing While Quarantining During the COVID-19 pandemic, while most of us #shelterinplace, celebrities have been putting out elaborately orchestrated videos to entertain the troops, as it were, and keep up morale. And generally speaking, call me "curmudgeon" if you must, I loathe what feels to me like being pandered to by rich and famous people. … Continue reading Going Off Book: Quarantine Celebrity-ing, + Notions, Late April Edition

Going Off Book: My Christmas Movies

Holiday traditions abound and that includes the various sub-traditions within the larger ones. Sure, most of us give and open presents to celebrate Christmas but whether you do so on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning has divided many a newly-joined couple. We have food traditions but whether you and your family prioritize cookies or dinner … Continue reading Going Off Book: My Christmas Movies