Still Alice

After reading something as hilarious and incredibly adorable as The Hundred-Year-Old man, I eased back into reading the pile of books I bought on my mini shopping spree. Since the film was released, I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Still Alice (mostly Julianne Moore and her Oscar nomination). What I didn’t realized was that…

Silence/Broken Silence

I bought both of these books a few days ago on a whim, feeling it was time to take a break from my new found horror *cough* Stephen King *cough* obsession. The story is told in two books and I settled down to devour the first one, Silence, just this morning.  Naturally, by the end…

Hold Still

“Hold Still may be the truest depiction of the aching, gaping hole left in the wake of a suicide that I’ve ever read. But it’s anything but depressing and gloomy — it’s also about the tender shoots of new relationships that grow unexpectedly out of tragedy. A haunting and hopeful book about loss, love, and…

Factotum

Factotum traces the life of Henry Chinaski, an itinerant worker, who is struggling to become an established writer in America during the 1940s and 1950s. Through the novel Chinaski tells the story of how, in a perennial alcoholic fog, drifts from city to city, trying and discarding jobs and women.Factotum begins with Chinaski arriving in…

Mad As a Hatter

Before you jump to assumptions about what you think this post is going to be about, read on my fellow pressers. On this beautiful sunny day, I was brainstorming all of the things I wanted to write about. How long summer really is in Canada, the Mediterranean dish I made for lunch, weird things my dog…

THE KING

The Stand begins as the first days of the “superflu” hits the United States. Then come the dreams, dark dreams that warn of the coming dark man, the apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads, the Prince of Evil. It is the dark prince’s time and as His empire grows in…

Love the Bean 

Like many Canadians, I love me a good cup of coffee. Not Tim Hortons or even Starbucks. I mean those indie cafés that play smooth jazz and patrons sporting hipster moustaches. I found two recently that I absolutely adore. This first being Dineen Coffee Co. Not only do they play smooth jazz with patrons sporting…

Masterful Creations…. haha not

My Eggs Benedict from a couple of weeks ago was totally Chef Ramsey inspired. My homemade gnocchi with turkey bacon, spicy tomato sauce and mozzarella. (yes, I actually made the gnocchi from scratch.) Last but not least, my first authentic french dinner was supremes de volatile a blanc. In English, that would be chicken breasts…

A Poem About Hating Poetry

As much as I love literature, I must admit that poetry is my least favourite. My dislike, however, does not diminish the fact that I quite enjoyed writing this. I wash my hair once a week nominally because my hair dresser says, “That’s what black girls do” but mostly because I am lazy. I shape my eyebrows…