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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
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    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

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Island of the Sequined Love Nun by Christopher Moore
Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Princess Sparkle, April 24, 2010

It's not high literature, but it is the perfect book to tuck into your beach bag. Moore is funny, intelligent, disturbing, and satisfyingly quirky in this tale of gory deception and equally gruesome payback. I love it when the bad girls get their just desserts. Yum!
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The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
The Moor's Last Sigh

Princess Sparkle, April 24, 2010

One of the most beautifully written books it has ever been my pleasure to read. It took ages, as I savored each word, set into its sentence like a gemstone into jewelry. Rushdie is a master storyteller, and a meticulous craftsman.
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Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean

Princess Sparkle, April 24, 2010

A rather awful little bit of YA fiction, it contains more than its share of over-used plot devices, trite situations, and is a blatant attempt to cash in on the current fascination with both pirates and vampires. I wish it was forgettable, but I'm afraid it will stay with me, much like an especially gory newscast. There is so much good literature for young adults out there, this book seems like a sad waste of paper.
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Finding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh by David Deida
Finding God Through Sex: Awakening the One of Spirit Through the Two of Flesh

Princess Sparkle, April 24, 2010

Deeply practical spirituality (no, really!) is the hallmark of this book. Though very direct and occasionally quite... descriptive, it is in no way prurient. In his writing, he brings to consciousness things I've always felt at a deep level, but never knew how to articulate. Most importantly, Deida breaks down the concepts of masculinity and femininity in ways that challenge most of our societal norms, not because he's an iconoclast, but with a view to helping people create lives of depth and passion.
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Dear Lover by David Deida
Dear Lover

Princess Sparkle, April 24, 2010

An interesting perspective on women, written from a man's point of view. Deida shares how our behavior in intimate relationships feels to a man, in a way that most men don't know consciously and wouldn't articulate. Many small ahas paved the way for me to have a deeply connected relationship with a deeply spiritual, highly masculine man.
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