image of fireplace, coffee cup and book by daBinsi

  Inspired by an old¬†NPR story about the charming and cozy Icelandic custom of jolabokaflod¬†(“Christmas book flood”), and by today’s chilly, wet weather–an atmosphere prime for curling up with a […]

Woman on a cell phone

Series 4 of Black Mirror, the cult hit anthology series will be released this Friday, December 29 on Netflix. If you already have the weekend booked for binging the too […]

Snowy forest

Temperatures in Pasadena may hit the 30s some nights this week, which is about as cold as it gets here, so let’s revel in this chill by reading some winter-y […]

Image of meteor shower by Heath Cajandig

Late tonight, after midnight and before dawn, you may have a chance to catch a “shooting star” or twenty; the Geminid meteor showers will be visible all over the country, […]

Christmas Tree Lighting

It’s already December and for many people that means the celebration of Christmas in whatever form that takes for them. One of the things we do to celebrate the holiday […]

image of leaf in frozen water by Keith Howells

Many of our deepest motives come, not from an adult logic of how things work in the world, but out of something that is frozen from childhood.   This year’s […]

Thanksgiving in Contemporary Fiction

Thanksgiving is this week; we’re grateful for your support. We hope you find yourselves in friendly company, with plenty of your favorite foods, and well-stocked with good books to tide […]

Illustration of a detective

The newest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic detective novel, Murder on the Orient Express, starring Kenneth Branagh as the famously mustachioed detective, Hercule Poirot, hit movies theaters last weekend, and […]

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This Saturday, November 11, is the Veterans Day holiday in the U.S. Veterans Day is a day we honor all the men and women who have served in the military. […]

Fate of the Elder Gods game cover

The Halloween season is always a good time for a good scare. Movies and TV shows use the time of year to highlight the scariest, creepiest ideas. People remind themselves […]