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7 Pyrenean Moments from'Veil.'

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As winter progressed, the deep valleys were snowed in, so our island trips came to an end. We brought in our last load of firelighters-huge pinecones as large as children’s heads from… 646 more words


On Princesses and the Unreality of Realism

For this year’s New Year’s Eve movie marathon, we watched Star Wars, the original three movies (on VHS, no less. Yup, we still have a VCR). 650 more words

Fairy Tales

Book Rec: The Five Fierce Tigers of Rosa Martinez

I’m really happy to share word of a new kid’s book from my friend and a truly wonderful soul, Burt Kempner.

In addition to being the generous-hearted person he is, Burt is also an indie children’s author, writer, and film producer. 200 more words

Book Reviews And Recommendations

The Fall: the criminal mind is fascinating!


The Fall: the criminal mind is fascinating

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Do you long to become utterly absorbed in a story, film or piece of art? Do you long to be totally beguiled and to experience another reality in the full which will lead you to know our human existence in more detail? 956 more words

True Nature

Calling: to the white marble of Montpellier


Sipping Rhone wine under the flounces

of the massive Lime-flower tree

aroma and scent trouble me.

The wine at its best, the flowers at their peak, 279 more words

True Nature

Why the Death of Roger Ackroyd Matters

American Murder Mystery detective: I’m going to solve this murder because it’s horrible and dramatic and linked to me through my tragic backstory.

English Murder Mystery detective: 680 more words


amo reblogged this on amo vitam and commented:

And yet another good post on detective fiction, from Christa at Chorister at Home (it must be the day for it). Her musings shed some light on my own preference for British detective stories over American ones.

In Defense of the Detective Novel

This essay came out of some thoughts I had on detective novels and their function in society. I’m not sure any of it is terribly earth-shattering–I’m fairly certain it’s all been said before–but it was important to me, so I wrote it all out, then decided it was worth polishing and sharing. 718 more words


amo reblogged this on amo vitam and commented:

My friend E. L. Bates just wrote this quite excellent piece on the value of detective fiction. I agree with everything she says - and her point about the timeliness of detective novels is an interesting one. Check it out and see what you think.