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A little mystery with your opera?

Teatro La Fenice

A couple of years ago, my opera-going, mystery-reading friend, Jack, said he couldn't believe that I, as a mystery reader, had never read Donna Leon's long-running  Guido Brunetti Mystery series, set in Venice. Yeah, yeah, Jack.  Well-known though the series might be (the 25th book in the series, The Waters of Eternal Youth, was published this year). I had too many other […]

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hoopla Film School: Vintage Disney!


Greetings students, and welcome to another edition of hoopla Film School! The Disney brand may be best known for its legacy of classic animated features and sprawling theme parks, but I've always had a soft spot for their live action movies of the 1970s and '80s. Many a Saturday morning in my youth was spent eating soggy Cheerios while […]

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Re-watchable TV

Okay, I know re-watchable is a made up word but confess, you use it all the time too.  Because we all have certain TV shows that are our old friends.  Ones we watch again and again when we are stuck at home with a cold, that we put on in the background while we clean.  It doesn’t matter if […]

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Coming-Of-Age Thrillers & Chillers


Ever since I watched the made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's It at a middle school slumber party, I've been captivated by coming-of-age horror stories and mysteries. Sure, I also devoured all of Judy Blume's candid yet wistful novels of adolescence as ravenously as any other precocious prepubescent with a library card. But the coming-of-age horror/thriller subgenres particularly appealed to me by […]

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A Supernatural Girl’s Gay Best Friend

The gay best friend is a common theme in books and television.  You could argue that it has increased positive attitudes towards the gay community by providing straight ladies with overstated images of makeover happy, drama loving men.  But the excessive stereotyping of these characters is problematic.  It fails to offer diverse or deep characterizations that reflect […]

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