Category Archives: Book Reviews

One Fucking Scary Clown: Stephen King’s “It”

It by Stephen King My rating: 4 of 5 stars I picked this up to cure me of my “Stranger Things” hangover. I had seen the TV mini-series back in the day and had always meant to read through it. … Continue reading

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Worst Case Scenario: Underground Airlines

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Underground Airlines” is a great speculative-fiction/mystery novel; sort of a The Man in the High Castle lite. I tore through this one in a few days. Lots of … Continue reading

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Watching Blazing Saddles in the current political climate

If there’s an upside to the rash of celebrity deaths this year, it’s that The Rio Theatre has been honouring the deceased with retrospectives of their best movies. First it was Bowie, then it was Prince, and lately it’s been … Continue reading

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The Lady on the Train

I come from a large family, so I have a lot respect people’s personal space. If I’m you’re neighbour, I’ll try to keep the volume of my music and TV down. I don’t man-spread on public transit, and I take … Continue reading

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Eternal Garage Sale of the Spotless Apartment

Last Saturday a couple of friends and I had a garage sale. I came away from the experience learning two things: I’m not cut out to work with the public. Unless it’s signed by Picasso, you’re stuff ain’t worth shit. … Continue reading

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Through the Looking Glass: Looking back at Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour

Last week I saw Strike a Pose, the documentary about Madonna’s backup dancers for her Vogue video and 1990 Blonde Ambition tour.  Madonna has always played a supporting role in the soap opera that is my big queer life. Into … Continue reading

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American Pie in Celluloid Form

The Flick by Annie Baker A play that reads like a novel. The Flick by Annie Baker is a nice slice of Americana about the last 35mm movie theatre in Massachusetts going digital. The play centres around Sam, Avery, and … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Douchebags and the Girls that Love Them

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales My rating: 4 of 5 stars American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers is one of the most depressing books I have read … Continue reading

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The Art of Living in the Present

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m not a big fan of self-help books but this was exactly what I needed right now. At … Continue reading

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Where’d You Go Bernadette

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple My rating: 3 of 5 stars I was really looking forward to reading this book and ended up being disappointed by it. I had heard it was really funny, and it certainly had … Continue reading

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