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Book Review | The Westies: Inside New York’s Irish Mob, by T.J. English

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 book’s timeframe. If you want to be extra poetic, this book is about the last hurrah of Hell’s Kitchen,...

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Book Review | Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, by James Matthew Barrie

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 children’s novel and was the first work dedicated primarily to Peter. The Peter Pan in the children’s book is very different from the 1953...

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Book Review | The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band, by Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, and Nikki Sixx with Neil Strauss

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 willing to hear a whole album from end to end, just for research’s sake. They’ve always been the screamy and sort-of-catchy band on the radio...

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Book Review | The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham

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 cause the apocalypse, they just benefit from the fact that a recent meteor shower made almost everyone go blind. The plants are written beautifully into...

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Book Review | Lud In The Mist, by Hope Mirrlees

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 considering the year of its original publication. While I was excited to read...

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Book Review | My Life in France, by Julia Child

I am not, but perhaps I should be, embarrassed to confess that I knew next to nothing about Julia Child before reading this book. I am highly interested in food and its various aspects but I am not educated about it in any way other than going down my own warrens’ worth of rabbit-holes, a manner of education which is at least as likely as any other to leave one wanting knowledge. In fact, the small amount that James Beard is mentioned in this book is the most I’d ever learned about him, either. In short, this book was...

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