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The vampires never showed up

We saw Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Tuesday night. They’re on a 40th anniversary tour, and they still put on a damn good show. The set was all hits, practically a “best of” album collection, and that was okay. The crowd trended older, but you couldn’t tell by the energy they were putting out. This woman in her 50’s sitting just behind us kept screaming “Whoo!… Yeah… Let’s go…” in a raspy voice. She was in the thralls of that sort of ecstatic joy everyone should feel at some point. I think if someone had asked her to die for Tom Petty, she would have. Tom Petty was visibly amused… Read More

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Review: The Historian

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved it, loved it, loved it. The audio production is great, too, with two performers following the different story threads (the book itself is framed interestingly, with stories within stories as the protagonist sifts through documents and journals and letters that discuss other documents and letters and journals, etc.). This is a book for nerds who enjoy high level scholarship, history buffs, and anyone who has ever written a collation paper. This is also a book for fans of the original Dracula novel, as the entire book is something of an homage to that book’s storytelling through journals, letters,… Read More

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