(From “A Chapter of Suggestions”).

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From Zora Neale Hurston’s novelization of folklore, Mules and Men:

It was slavery time, Zora, when Big Sixteen was a man. They called ‘im Sixteen  cause dat was de number of de shoe he wore. He was big and strong and Ole Massa looked to him to do everything.

One day Ole Massa said, “Big Sixteen, Ah b’lieve Ah want you to move dem sills Ah had hewed out down in de swamp.

“I yassuh, Massa.”

Big Sixteen went down in de swamp and picked up dem 12 X 12’s and brought ’em on up to de house and stack ,em. No one man ain’t never toted a 12 X 12 befo’ nor since.

So Ole Massa said one day, “Go fetch in de mules. Ah want to look ’em over.”

Big Sixteen went on down to, de pasture and caught dem mules by de bridle but they was…

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Steak Panini at Agora in Forest Hills

Steak Panini at Agora in Forest Hills

The photo only features half the sandwich as I was very hungry and couldn’t wait.

Steak Panini and Greek Fries in Forest Hills’ Agora. Its one of the newer establishments that I am actually pleased about. Agora is a greek restaurant but has a more of an Americanized feel to it. The decor is mainly white and light blue, reminiscent of the actual greek restaurants in Greece. For me, they’re a bit too pricy at dinner time but offer a great lunch menu and good deal on brunch for the area ($13.95 brunch including one drink). The atmosphere is bright and many people go there now including families and I feel that it has the ability to stand its ground and remain prominent for a long time in Forest Hills 🙂

Gave into the hype 2


I got my hipster glasses. Now I can feel normal in Williamsburg.

I actually got them basically for free (only paid $10 for shipping) from ALL FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS GET A FREE PAIR OF FRAMES (and yes they can be prescription). So if you want them…

just use this referral code link of mine and order. They take a while to come but once they do, you’ll be so happy. And I’d like to see you happy haha.


and let me know if you used it and it worked out for you 🙂

Gave into the hype

So I am late on this trend but I finished reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire. I’m going to start the third book later on today. I’ve watched all three Swedish versions of the film – random marathon-style with my mother- and so far I have come to these opinions:

1. I can see how people were hyped. I can’t critique the language style of the book since it was done in translation and you never know if you’re really getting the original essence of the language, but the plot was definitely very engaging. It’s different seeing a female lead who has such an indescribable mix of qualities.

2. I think the film renditions were very well done. There were so much plot though and I think they handled cutting and revising scenes adequately. But right now I hate to say, that I enjoyed the Second movie more than the second book. I felt like something was lost in the second book and I can’t tell if it’s the style, a translation issue, or if my reading was affected by the fact that I watched the movie beforehand. I’ll give an update when I read the third.

3. Lisbeth’s tattoo looks way more badass in the film than described in the book.

4. I’m feeling like Steigg Larson intended to write more in this series, especially since there are mentions of Camille, Lisbeth’s sister that never materializes in the movies. Must see if there is more to it in the third book.

Now onto happy reading.

Blue Valentine

Bill Chance

All my life, movies have been very important to me. I have always enjoyed watching them, going to the theater, sitting there in the dark and waiting for the curtains to rise on a whole ‘nother world.

In this modern digital age, in this best of all possible worlds, we now have such access to film – at any time, in any place, we can watch anything we want. The entire world and history of cinema is available in forms that weren’t even imaginable only a decade ago.

But I don’t ever seem to have the time to sit down and watch anything.

The other evening, I had a lot to do. I had promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep. But I was still sick, tired, and worn out… so I decided to go lay down, turn on the cable, and watch whatever came up.


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