The June Shelfie Gets Artsy-Fartsy (And a Little Out of Hand)

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Folks, I fell off the wagon. I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear it. Even when I made that 4-book diet resolution, I was already cheating on it. BUT IT’S ‘KAY because the books I’m reading this month are even better than last month’s! My spiritual reading pick hasn’t changed (I’ll be reading The Imitation … Read more…

The Most Charming, Most “Natural” French Poet You’ve Never Heard Of

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Her name was Marceline Desbordes-Valmore. Born just before French Revolution, she lived at a time of great upheaval and hardship. However, like the best poets, she was able to spin her suffering into beauty, into poetry that still strikes the heart today. I discovered her while reading a little pocket book, sensibly titled French Poetry, several … Read more…

My First Shelfie on a 4-Book Diet

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Sometimes it’s possible to read too much. Not horizontally — that is, too often, or too widely — but vertically. By which I mean reading too many books at once. If you’re as excitable and easily distracted as I am, you know the pain. You start off reading one, maybe two books — a fiction and … Read more…

French Film Fest: The Master List. (Just add wine.)

French Films to Watch with Wine and Chocolate

It all started with Joyeux Noël. I watched it in January, fell in love, and decided I was missing out by not watching more foreign films. Anton Tchékhov 1890 followed, seen in a Novosibirsk theater (Russian-dubbed), and then later in the summer I rented a few films advertised in the theater’s own French film festival. Add to that an upcoming … Read more…

A Review of Horror Novel JENNIFER THE DAMNED by Karen Ullo

Jennifer the Damned by Karen Ullo

“I die a thousand deaths because I do not die.” From this opening epigraph from St. John of the Cross, Karen Ullo’s horror novel Jennifer the Damned sets the perfect tone for its intelligent, spiritually rich, and yet fast-paced story of a teen vampire coming to terms with two difficult realities: one, that she doesn’t have a soul (and … Read more…