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On That Girl Is Poison: A Brief, Incomplete History of Female Poisoners

"After her second husband raped her, she put rat poison in his whiskey."
I'm a little ashamed to admit how widely I grinned when I read that.

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm 2

On The Great Hope of TV's Female Crime-Stoppers

@bureaucrab Miss Fisher is also streaming on Netflix.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm 0

On America Is Losing at Coffee

I'm wondering why Italy is so far down on that list.

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm 0

On Welcome to Ross Douthat's Book Club

This does nothing to disabuse me of my idea that Ross Douthat is Mr. Mybug from Cold Comfort Farm come to life.

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@katiemcgillicuddy OK I will look forward to talking about it then. Be warned: the documentary a depressing and shocking thing, even if you're somewhat familiar with the science and the scandal. The book is next on my reading list.

I've been following the TBI/CTE story for a while, and IMO, the whole thing has more implications for the NCAA and youth football than it does directly for the NFL (but of course a change at lower levels would affect the league), but I'd be interested to hear others' opinions.

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 5:46 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@katiemcgillicuddy can I be a downer and talk about the concussion documentary here? Have you seen it? If so, what do you think?

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@lasso tabasco I loved call the midwife! Have you seen Foyle's War (which is often on PBS mystery as well as being on Netflix)? It's a police procedural set in wartime Britain, and has the same sort of "feel" (to me) as Call the Midwife, although it does get pretty dark at times.

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm 0

On Mouthwatering Recipes from the March 1950 Issue of McCall's

Aah this reminds me of The Midcentury Menu!, whose author actually cooks from 40s-70s cookbooks. Some of the recipes are surprisingly yummy (especially the vintage cocktails) some are...not. (like the liver pate jell-o mold) Anyway, it's worth a read, if you've ever looked through an old cookbook and wondered what these things actually tasted like. www.midcenturymenu.com

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm 0

On A Migraine *Just For You*

I picture my migraines as a blossom of pain behind my right eye that extends its petals around my head and into the back of my skull. If I'm lucky enough to catch it early, four advil and a diet coke usually takes care of the pain, but I'm still exhausted, mentally impaired, prone to nausea and starving for the rest of the rest of the day. I also have to wear dark glasses inside, even if I'm in a darkened room. Fluorescent lights are a special sort of torture.

One time, when I was coming home from work with a migraine, I swore I saw a horse walking down the street, but it was just a woman wearing black with long black hair.

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 6:01 pm 0

On Today's Bleak Read

@EdgyLatinist OMG. I've gotten 419 scam emails that have looked more legitimate than that.

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm 0