On Remembering the Alice Series

@OneTooManySpoons That is fantastic and I'm happy you found me. They strip the fanmail of names and sometimes identifying details, I guess because much of it is from 11-year-olds. I always wanted to ask if other (older) readers wanted to get in touch and be friends but I couldn't! So thanks, Hairpin.

Can you order the books from other branches or something? Hurry!

@Ellie Let me know when you start reading the new one!

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 9:59 am 0

On Remembering the Alice Series

Ahhh. I can't read the New Yorker article yet in case there are final book spoilers, but in summation: yes.

Here's the letter I wrote Phyllis this summer: http://alicemckinley.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/the-best-gift-ever/

I've tried many times to explain what I love about Alice to many people, most of whom have never heard of the series. I think it boils down to the joy I had in reading about a girl who was totally normal at best, painfully average at worst, and all-around kind of weird and in her own head.

I just re-read all the books to prep for the finale and the tone is truly amazing (even though they get a little too modern YA-y toward the end). Super accurate to the adolescent experience for me and brings me back so hard to whatever age Alice is in each one. Lots of LOL-ing and crying.

And yes, my boyfriend just devoured the whole series as well and now we are both twiddling our thumbs, waiting for the final book to come in the mail. If anyone else is reading and wants to form a book club, HOLLA.

Posted on October 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm 0

On One Occult Sandwich Is Worth 300 Regular Sandwiches

Sorry, this was in reference to the inevitable Today show appearance to which I don't know why I clicked.


Posted on September 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm 0

On One Occult Sandwich Is Worth 300 Regular Sandwiches

And the TV rounds begin!

"Oh, it's a very collaborative process." - this guy who even SOUNDS exactly just like Alexander Skarsgård

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm 2

On Will You Sign My Yearbook, Mr. President?

Haven’t looked at my yearbooks lately but I can guarantee that none of the messages contained semi-colons. HE USED A SEMI-COLON!

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:45 am 11

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Robert Redford, Golden Boy


Posted on May 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm 0

On "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin

Ah, one of my favourite songs to karaoke, i.e. find an instrumental for on YouTube and sing along to it in the bathroom.

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm 1

On Today's Toy Lunch

That bread better be crumbly and dense and bound together by xantham gum, just like mine!!!

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm 0

On Drunk Pics, Hot Sisters, and Long-Distance Dumping

LW4! I was stuck in a dead (on my end) relationship months before it ended, mostly on account of the classic/misguided "wait and hope that everything resolves itself during the visit". I did that for many visits, in fact. Like yours, mine had been long distance for a while and would be for a while longer, and I was spent, hurt and feeling taken for granted.

After weeks of alternating between emotionally exhausting circular discussions and pretend-nothing's-wrong chit chats, I totally gave up and went ahead with our scheduled Christmas trip. Guess what! Worst idea! Things did not resolve themselves, I was miserable, he missed his flight home and I couldn't even break up with him at the airport because we instead had to SPEND AN EXTRA NIGHT TOGETHER AT THE AIRPORT HOTEL. I was in tears of frustration when he finally left and we didn't even break up. I could only endure one more month after that, and ended it over the phone (sidenote: this is 100% acceptable in many LDR circumstances).

If your boyfriend has yet to give you reason to believe that things actually could improve in the near future, you're waiting for nothing. I waited for nothing and that's a holiday I could have spent having a Resident Evil movie marathon that I'll never get back. End it sooner than later, and make it less painful for both of you.

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 3:10 pm 1

On Go Rent Follow That Bird

@Nicole Cliffe I...have the entire soundtrack on my iPod. And wake up singing the Grouch Anthem. I've also been recording a cover song that you would probably be interested in. Will keep you posted.

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm 0