Beware of [YA Dystopias] Bearing Gifts?

This post contains vague spoilers for the Hunger Games trilogy.  I'm speaking in generalities about the moral development of some of the characters, but do not discuss any specific plot developments.  Consider yourselves warned.I really enjoyed the Hunger Games series (and had a great time dressing up for the movie) but I'm mainly pitched it to people in tragic terms.  Unlike many other YA dystopian hero/ines, Katniss is marked and warped by the cost of bringing down her society.  During par … [Read more...]

So how did that Lent stuff work out?

Before Lent began, I committed to two behavior changes: one to curb a vice, the other to cultivate a virtue.  In brief:I stopped taking advantage of the free food opportunities near my office in the hopes that I could stop feeling like I was taking advantage of people and feeling pleasure in pride in getting one over on someone I tried to overhaul the way I donated to charity in order to be more responsive to the people around me, instead just kicking in sporadically to malaria nets. (I … [Read more...]

I’m giving up free food for Lent

Ok, I know that sounds weird, but there's method in my madness.  I try to be on guard against my Kantian-to-solipsist tendencies, and I think I've noticed another spot festering.  I'm lucky in that, within walking distance of my office there's a delicious cupcake place that, once a week, gives away free cupcakes if you come in and do a talent.  And right across from my building is a restaurant that does free wine and cheese tastings twice a week.  Like a certain Transylvania count, I never drink. … [Read more...]

Greedy Self-Denial

  Sorry for the delay in Sunday's Good Book posts!  A Song of Ice and Fire is at least partly to blame, but, now that I'm done with A Dance with Dragons, presumably that particular distraction won't be a problem for--shall we guess--another eight years.  I know this is technically going up Monday, but I was gone this weekend seeing my brother at the conclusion of his Shakespeare intensive and it seemed silly to hold the post for a week now that it's written.A little while ago, Eve lent me a … [Read more...]

In Which I Feel Like a Heel

This Easter season, I made it to two days of the Triduum: Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil. (Since I couldn’t make it to Friday evening services, I went to Tenebrae with my boyfriend instead). The Easter Vigil was lovely, even if my boyfriend was so tired as a result of exams that his mom and I had to keep a close eye on him whenever he was holding a lit candle.Maundy Thursday was a little less pleasant. I had gone last year and had an awkward moment since I hadn’t checked ahead of time whe … [Read more...]


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