Reading: Dwarf

Dwarf by Tiffanie DiDonato & Rennie Dyball


Very interesting memoir.  I’m always humbled by others’ challenges that seem so far removed from my own life.  It’s never a bad thing to gain a little more perspective.

From the Book Description on

A memoir of grit and transformation for anyone who has been told something was impossible and then went on to do it anyway.  Tiffanie DiDonato was born with dwarfism. Her limbs were so short that she was not able to reach her own ears. She was also born with a serious case of optimism. She decided to undergo a series of painful bone-lengthening surgeries that gave her an unprecedented 14 inches of height—and the independence she never thought she’d have.  After her surgeries, Tiffanie was able to learn to drive, to live in the dorms during college, and to lead a normal life. She even made time to volunteer, writing to troops stationed abroad, and one of those Marine pen pals ultimately became her husband.  Dwarf is a moving and, at times, funny testament to the power of sheer determination, and has been compared to Andrew solomon’s Far From the Tree.


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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Books, Reviews


Watching: The Tall Man

The Tall Man (2012)

The Tall Man

This movie didn’t receive the greatest ratings, but I thought it was really good.  I originally thought it was more of a horror movie, but it’s actually more action/suspense.  There were a few gaps I would have like to have seen filled in, but overall I think it’s an entertaining way to kill a couple of hours.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Movies & TV, Reviews


Watching: Butter

Butter (2011)


How did this movie even get made?  With this cast I didn’t think I could go wrong, but it was truly awful.  A sweet, little African-American girl providing a continuous racial commentary is not funny.  Love the actors, hate the movie.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Movies & TV, Reviews


Reading: Next

Next by James Hynes


Very unique writing style for a novel.  No chapter or visual breaks whatsoever, so that was a little disconcerting.  The story truly only takes place during one day, which is quite boring until the end, but it is continuously filled with flashbacks of the main character which made it was easy (for me) to get lost between past and present.  The end was crazy-nuts so I’m glad I didn’t stop reading…ended up being a wild ride after all.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Books, Reviews


At the Movies: Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect (2012)

Pitch Perfect

Hilarious!  Awesome movie, just like everyone said.  But, question: when did projectile vomiting become THE thing to do to get laughs?  What in the world?  This movie would be perfect without that, and sadly it’s the thing I remember most.  Otherwise, really great.


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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Movies & TV, Reviews


Watching: Carmen Jones

Carmen Jones (1954)

Carmen Jones

Thank goodness for my co-worker who feels sorry for me that I haven’t seen so many of the “classics” and forces me gives me the DVDs to watch.  I never want to watch them but I do so out of guilt and obligation and almost always I enjoy the movie or at least feel slightly more connected to popular culture.  Dorothy Dandridge was phenomenal in this movie and now I understand Halle Berry’s Oscar speech reference to her in 2002 when she won the Academy Award for Monster’s Ball.  What struck me most about this movie though was the roughness (violence?) of the male lead character Joe (Harry Belafonte) towards women.  He was supposedly one of the “good guys” and yet he still pushed Carmen around, grabbed her, threw her … even when he was saying he loved her.  It was sad to see the movie that was her big break possibly mirror her personal life and early death.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Movies & TV, Reviews


2012 Stats for Daily Foolishness

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 34,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 8 Film Festivals

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Posted by on December 30, 2012 in Jenn, Waste Some Time

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