Posts by Emily


The Westies: Inside New York’s Irish Mob by T.J. English is a true story account of the long-standing tradition of organized crime in New York City. Southie is maybe the more famous of the Irish side of New York organized crime (or good ole Five Points if you want to go back into history a little further), but this is not a story of Southie- it is a tale of Hell’s Kitchen, a neighborhood gentrified into “Clinton” even within the...

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Peter Pan is not a Disney character. He was created by Sir James Matthew Barry, 1st Baronet, a Scottish playwright (and novelist) who wrote as J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan’s first appearance was in a few chapters of an adult novel written by Barrie called The Little White Bird, which was published in 1902. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, written by J.M. Barrie and illustrated by Arthur Rackham, was published a few years later as a...

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Ooooooh Mötley Crüe….I confess, I can’t be considered a fan. Although after reading The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx with Neil Strauss, (written from the biographical point-of-view of each band member and some extra people involved in their careers, with the help of an actual writer) I feel a desire to actually listen to their songs. And may even be...

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When I first heard of the science fiction classic The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, I assumed that triffids were aliens. I was a little put off to find out that they were man-eating plants. I expected some serious B-movie cheese when I began to dive in because, frankly, I just couldn’t buy man-eating plants causing an apocalypse as a truly fearful, or even interesting, plot. Thankfully I was wrong. Triffids don’t...

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Lud-In-The-Mist is a high fantasy novel that was written way back in 1926. It’s a pretty short book and an easy read. I heard about it a long time ago, I can’t remember where, but I was intrigued by the idea of a fantasy book that was written pre-Tolkien, and really pre-fantasy as we know it- at least, as I know it and grew up with it in video games and books, etc. It is also written by a woman which excited me as well, especially...

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