We just had an awesome but exhausting walk from Columbus Circle to Strawberry Fields.  Check it out!!!


I’m browsing around the Time Warner Center while my boyfriend shops at Whole Foods downstairs.  Soon we’ll venture out and explore Central Park together …


My boyfriend woke me up at 7:00 this morning, and the first thing he said was, “There’s no WAY the library can open today!”  I groggily picked up my iPod and checked my email, and … Yay!  Snow Day!

FWIW, our new staff alert system is … I’m going to say a little overzealous.  Between 6:00 am and 8:30 am I received MULTIPLE emails and automated phone calls telling me to stay the hell home.

Luckily, our fridge is full of food.  The same can be said for my boyfriend’s parents and my brother … well, if you consider ice cream, Italian ices, pudding, and soda “food,” then yes, he has enough to tide him over for a while!

In the meantime, we’ll stay inside and watch the snow pile up against the windows …

Snowy Window

Luna Watching the Snow

And then all we have to do is find stuff to keep us entertained and occupied all day.  I’m all for binge-watching shows on Netflix, but … hmmm … I wonder if I have anything ELSE that I could binge-watch?

Razzie Nominees

Hey, it’s a good thing that the holds I’d placed on this year’s Razzie nominees have all started coming in!  Now, of course I need to start negotiating over the TV controls with my boyfriend …

*diabolical laughter*

ETA: Okay, we’ve had our negotiations.  When we have time to watch something together, we’re going to watch The Fall on Netflix since we’ve both had recommendations from our respective coworkers.  If I want to take a break and he wants to watch something, he’ll watch Narcos (because it will probably be too upsetting for me) and if he’s busy then I can watch my Razzie movies by myself (because they’re probably too stupid for him … or so he claims …)


Here are a bunch of photos I’ve taken over the last several months in different neighborhoods in the Bronx and Manhattan! (more…)

While the vast majority of what I read is young adult literature, when I make time for “grownup books”  I tend to read particular fiction genres like fantasy / science fiction / mystery / horror, or else I read nonfiction.  I’ve been a fan of nonfiction books for many years, and true crime stories often have a special appeal. I’m easily swayed by excellent writing (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt) and/or fascinating subjects (Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, celebrities, etc.).

I often find documentaries engaging and informative, even though a lot of them will bring me to tears and a lot of them make me angry.  I’ve walked out of the theater after watching some of these films feeling educated and frustrated at the same time.  Films like Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, Blackfish, and Capturing the Friedmans (directed by The Jinx‘s Andrew Jarecki) have pushed a lot of those emotional buttons in my brain.

If I’m flipping through the TV stations and I see an episode of Dateline, it can catch my attention within the first 30 seconds and then I’ll be hooked for an hour.  The same can be said for the Law & Order franchise with its “ripped from the headlines” stories.  Although in that case I might be multiplying that hour by however many hours the marathon is running … BUT I’m also factoring in who’s starring in each episode.  Is it an episode featuring Jerry Orbach or Vincent D’Onofrio?  Then I’m definitely sticking with it.  Does this episode feature Linus Roache as the super-annoying ADA?   Hmmmm … let’s flip over and see what’s on Dateline instead!  Or maybe I can find a rerun of 48 Hours, or even City Confidential!

And yes, I’m a big podcast fan, so one of the many podcasts I listen to is Serial.  I enjoy the format of listening to a controversial case unfolding one episode at a time, and that’s been another series that has been getting a lot of media attention lately.  I enjoyed the smaller scope of the first season (a 1999 murder case) and I found the transition to season 2 (a bigger case that was in the news a lot more) to be a little jarring.  But they just announced that they’re moving from a weekly to a bi-weekly format because they have so much new information coming in about the case of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, so I look forward to seeing how this will affect the story and if it can help uncover the truth about what really happened to him.

I’m giving you the background of my true crime / “true” crime reading, listening, and viewing habits so that you’ll understand my mindset when I first started watching the HBO documentary The Jinx about Robert Durst last year.  I watched the series week by week when it originally aired, and that inspired me to rent Andrew Jarecki’s earlier fictionalized treatment of the Durst saga All Good Things, which is what originally set the wheels of The Jinx in motion.  Then I recently read Jeanine Pirro’s new book He Killed Them All: Robert Durst and My Quest For Justice, and THEN I checked out The Jinx series on DVD and watched it all over again.  Along the way, my opinions about the Durst cases and the subjective reality of true crime coverage have been slowly evolving. (more…)

I’ve been scrolling through my Tumblr dashboard for the last hour, and so many of the posts are David Bowie-related.  And since most of the blogs I follow are connected to books and libraries, this is the image I’m seeing most often:

Bowie READ Poster

So sad.  So damned sad.

I spent the last few days winding down from work and tying up loose ends.  I have way too many things to blog about, so I’m going to see what I can catch up with on my week off.  Stay tuned (maybe?) for more food pictures, NYC pictures, and some thoughts on The Jinx and Jeanine Pirro’s new book on Robert Durst.  While I watch the Golden Globes, I’ll share some highlights from my day …

During my weekly visit to my brother’s place, I took photos of some of his wrestling VHS tapes that caught my eye:

Most Embarassing Moments

Amazing Managers

Even More Unusual Matches

FWIW, if you want to know what constitutes “unusual” wrestling matches, they include women AND midgets.  Yeesh!

Oh, and if you want to see an alarmingly low number of food groups, all you have to do is check out my brother’s fridge:


SERIOUSLY, though.  That’s one person’s fridge, not a fridge shared by all the residents of a boys’ dorm room!

Okay, back to the Golden Globes now.  Tune in this week for more posts about more stuff, plus (maybe) some NYC vacation explorations?


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