Cutthroat Kitchen Puts Foodies Through Challenges Just Like Those Facing the Poor

Cutthroat Kitchen is burning up the summer, off to a strong start with its fourth season on Food Network. I don't know whether to love it, hate it, or to make a bread pudding after tearing up my love-hate and covering it with an "I see your class ...more

4 Feminist Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Should Read

Extended title: Feminist SFF books you should read that aren't A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones.  So what makes a book feminist?  Basically, the presence of strongly written, as opposed to "strong" in a masculine ...more

7 TV Shows to Help You Survive a Scandal-less Summer

Every Thursday, millions of people across America experience devastating withdrawals. As they sit down in front of the television after a sweltering summer day, they flip to ABC. In their heart, they want to see Olivia Pope on the screen. But, the ...more

Satirical Novel Features a Mom Blogger as Protagonist

I stumbled upon Karen Rizzo's first novel Famous Baby through the Los Angeles Times Summer Book preview. ...more

Robin Thicke Begs Estranged Wife Paula Patton to Take Him Back, But Should She?

"I wish I could changeI wish I could changeI wish I could stop saying the same old things..."-Robin Thicke, "Complicated" ...more

Desperately Seeking the Consistent Comfort of Reruns

I'm home after two weeks of high-stakes deadlines, difficult news from a family member, and work and conference travel plus all that goes with that. I landed feeling tired, stressed and daunted by the piles of work, laundry, bills and untended emails waiting for me. I needed comfort. Serenity now! So I did what any sane person in need of a comforting buffer would do: I watched three episodes of Will & Grace and went to sleep. ...more
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VIDEO: New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer Teases with Masterful Foreplay

I admit to being baffled at the undeniable popularity of the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. But millions of fans get it, or want to get it on with Christian and/or Anastasia. Author E.L. James' trilogy of books are New York Times bestsellers to the tune of over 100 million copies sold, which is incredibly impressive for any book, let alone what is essentially erotic fan fiction. ...more
Ugh, I just felt my IQ drop...more

When Do You Give Up on a Television Show?

I've had it. I'm done. I tried, I really tried, but it's not for me. I'm abandoning HBO's series The Leftovers after four episodes. The show's storyline about the mysterious disappearance of 2% of the population, and about the tortured lives of those who remain, wasn't holding my attention and left me feeling unsettled and frustrated with its moody indulgences.  Like those two percenters who went somewhere, I'm tapping out.  ...more
I'm a serial pilot watcher and it's become even worse with our Netflix subscription. If I don't ...more

It’s Okay, It’s Love Releases Kiss Stills and Spoilery Official MV for Second OST by Davichi

I can’t complain that It’s Okay, It’s Love is pretty much love at first sight for me, other than wishing it was a Mon-Tues drama so I could spread out the watching enjoyment. There’s still a long ways to go … Continue reading → ...more

(B)East of Eden, Discussion 1

Today is the first installment of our East of Eden...more

Travels With Shirley in Search of Minnesota

by Shirley Drew In September of 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle Charley traveled across America, driving through small towns, cities and wilderness areas. In his book, Travels with Charley: In Search of America, he talks about how peoples’ lives are changing and connects this to his observations of the natural world. And he listens to people ....more

You bring the sunscreen, they provide the books.

The website TeenReads is currently offering a great book giveaway package: their eighth annual "Beach Bag of Books" contest. I don't know if you get an actual beach bag, but the chosen titles look like a genuinely fun assortment. (Well, except for the Edgar Allan Poe gothic horror-romance Of Monsters and Madness ....more

10 Reasons to Welcome the Return of Football

As I write this, all 32 NFL teams are in the throes of training camp; the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony and game will take place this weekend; and fans are already assembling their fantasy leagues. ...more

JYJ Drops Sexy Stylish First Track and MV for “Back Seat” From Its Second Full Album

The highly anticipated second full album from JYJ has finally dropped its opening track “Back Seat” along with a stylish new MV. I don’t recall ever seeing Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu looking so collectively smoking hot. Usually one or two … Continue reading → ...more

Tangled Tuesday No. 13

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig! Yes, I'm back in Windsor after a whirlwind trip across the continent to San Jose, California for BlogHer '14. ...more


After finally watching the first two Hunger Games movies last week, I'm slightly more invested in seeing Mockingjay. (Although I still bitterly resent the practice of splitting single books into two movies—you'll have to pry the cost of two tickets out of my cold dead hands, Lionsgate.) The teaser trailer for Mockingjay: Part I was posted over the weekend, and while I've read a lot of speculation over how they'll handle the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, I'm more interested in how they'll depict Katniss's psychological state, which by this point in the series consists of a lot of PTSD-induced apathy, which might not make for compelling viewing ....more

Lee Chung-ah, Chun Min-hee join Battle of Yeonpyeong

While we already knew Kim Mu-yeol, Jin Gu, and Lee Hyun-woo had scored parts in the Battle of Yeonpyeong, the female cast members have finally been revealed: Lee Chung-ah (Wonderful Mama, Flower Boy Ramyun Shop) will play the lone female naval officer, while relative newcomer Chun Min-hee will portray the wife of Jin Gu’s character. (...)Read the rest of Lee Chung-ah, Chun Min-hee join Battle of Yeonpyeong (353 words) © awcoconuts for Dramabeans, 2014. | Permalink | No comments | Add to Post tags: Jin Gu, Lee Chung-ah, Lee Hyun-woo (2) ...more

Project completion: Keepng Balls Rolling and Shows Going Amid Chaos

I pretty much run my life on projects. I didn't consciously plan this, but over time I've seen the pattern. There's always something in the works: a show, a poem, a tour, a recording...a blog post ....more