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Laura Brown does not want to be Laura Brown. She is one of three protagonists in The Hours (played by Julianne Moore in the movie adaptation), and for her it is 1949 in the hot desert suburbs of Los Angeles. Laura has a husband and a young son but dreads her housewife role, knowing it isn’t for her, knowing she can’t keep it up. She stays in bed for as long as she can, her eyes drop with empty relief as she watches her husband pull out of the driveway, and she reads, despairing for a different world.

After a failed attempt to make a birthday cake and an intimate moment with her neighbor Kitty, Laura has an existential panic. She drops her son off at a friend’s house and, under the guise of running an errand, takes a drive into the city: “As she pilots her Chevrolet along the Pasadena Freeway….she feels as if she’s dreaming or….as if she’s remembering this drive from a dream long ago.” …


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There’s no other side of Lake Michigan to see. It makes storms and sinks ships just like deep loud oceans. Lake Michigan is a wonder — magnificent and never the same. On a clear day, I can follow a spectrum of blue as it darkens toward the horizon. Stormy days have glaucous waves shouting, jumping, and belly flopping against the breakwalls. Sometimes when the sun is out it’s ten thousand camera flashes dazzling the surface of the water.

Aquarela is a love story about water. Victor Kossakovsky, director of the documentary, knows how beautiful water can look. He describes watching it, saying “I stayed in a house with a window looking out at the Baltic Sea. I noticed that the sea was different every day, every hour, even every minute…different colors, different movements, different energies…all known human emotions.” Kossakovsky has watched water long enough to capture our love of it, as well as the volatility that accompanies it, and it is Aquarela. We will always live by water because we need it. Kossakovsky’s question is “How?” As our climate emergency permeates, as water takes land and disaster happens at an increasing clip, how can we continue to live near something so dangerous? …


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Holiday season is coming up, which means gifts gifts gifts! Presents wrapped in beautiful paper, maybe under a tree if that’s your brand of indoctrination. The top thing on my wishlist is to die via a Lovecraftian horror situation. I’d love for Lovecraft himself to write me into one of his short stories, which I hope would seal my fate as a victim.

Why do I want to die like this? Well, it seems interesting. There are only a few ways I will probably die & they are all boring. I might get lung cancer, or get hit by a car, or get shot anywhere, or be killed by nuclear annihilation. It would be much cooler to die because my research party down in Antarctica stumbled upon a newly unfrozen Promethean alien. …


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Who watches the Watchmen? A fascinating philosophical question, and one that continues to confound us. I’ve been thinking about it though, and I think I know the answer. I think it should be Sarah. Sarah should watch the watchmen. She’d get the job done.

I was at a coffeeshop with Sarah once. I was reading a book. It was a valuable book to me and I really cared about it. So when I had to use the bathroom I asked Sarah if she could watch my book for me. She said yes, and when I returned from the bathroom, guess where the book was? Right where I left it. Kendra has a similar story. She asked Sarah to look after her cats when she went on a weekend trip to the Wisconsin Dells. Feed the cats once a day, she said. Sarah agreed, and when Kendra returned, her cats were very much alive, and seemingly doing just as well as when she left. …


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MEMORANDUM

TO: All Student Workers

FROM: Jeff the Head Librarian

SUBJECT: Concerning Lascivious Activities in the Library

First off, I’d like to compliment you all on the majority of this semester. You arrive on time to work, you finish your tasks with aplomb, and we have yet to loan out any of Hemingway’s repulsive “books.” Congratulations are in order. However, one issue has come up. Well, just to come out and say it, you cannot make out in the stacks. We have received numerous complaints from patrons, but more importantly, this is a library. And damnit if I’m not going to try and give this place a modicum of respect. I know that I try and be the cool librarian. I’m OK with you smoking cigarettes on the roof, smoking weed in the stairwell, and smoking your vapes and blowing big clouds by the Horror section (I’m not sure if this is intentional, but regardless, it’s unsettling, it looks like ghosts emerging from the books). Starting now, cool librarian is over. So who was it? …


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Birdhouses are a nice way to build community within a garden or backyard. It’s a great project to take up if you’re going through a life change, like a divorce, for instance. Birdhouse construction require little technical knowledge and can be done with spare parts from around your house.

  1. Know Why You’re Building a Birdhouse

There are many reasons why you might want to build a birdhouse. Maybe you want to create a small neighborhood ecosystem. Maybe you want to help migratory bird populations. Maybe you want to take control of your life and prioritize your needs first, finally, by putting time and effort toward building something worthwhile, something that will grow and that you’ll grow with. Maybe you want to see birds. …

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Jon Dale

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