Mer L.'s blog

"You're a Jerk!"

After the summer release of the New Boyz “You’re a Jerk,” I had kind of shaken the song from my head. But once their album Skinny Jeanz and a Mic was released last month, “You’re a Jerk” returned with a vengeance. I started thinking: there are several funny books where main characters start down a path that left me asking “what are you doing, ya jerk?” They’re the guys and gals you love to hate or the people who always seem to dig themselves deeper into a hole of their own making. They’ve got a style all their own, even if it is being in the wrong place at the wrong time.   

Cartoons: Not for Kids Only

The 12th season of the Simpsons was recently released on DVD and, while I’m certainly going to date myself here, I grew up watching the Simpsons. I remember having a Bart Simpson toothbrush holder and watching each new episode Sunday night before a heated playground rehashing the next day. As I’ve been collecting my favorite seasons on DVD and watching them again as an adult, I began realizing that my elementary school self was not getting all the jokes! Some cartoons really are not just for (or meant specifically for) kids. What are your favorite cartoons?

Water Cooler Comedy

Today is Monday. Monday isn’t really my most favorite day of the week (I’m pretty partial to Thursdays and Saturdays) but as I was getting ready for work this morning, I was thinking about all the office comedies I have seen over the years. What do you talk about around your water cooler?

Fantastical Histories

I love historical fiction and reading about people from and events of the past. What I enjoy even more, though, are books set in the past but with fantastical flourishes – maybe something slightly magical, perhaps with ghosts haunting the scene, or of time traveling contemporaries who end up in a distant era. Are books like this really historical fiction? Are they fantasies or science fiction? Are they something else entirely?

Talkin' Art

I feel incredibly lucky to live in Houston with its superb galleries and art museums – I could spend hours @ the Menil, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, or the Contemporary Art Museum. But whether or not I make it down to one of the museums, I can check out a number of DVDs through the Library:

Anime Club

Wednesday, September 9th @ 4:30 pm

Come share with us your favorite anime shows and characters. What have other people been watching? What will we be watching this month? Find out all this and more in the Zone! +++Vote for next month's selection at this month's meeting!

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Short Stories: When You Have NO Time

Being back in school it always feels like there’s never enough time to read for fun!! Or, put another way, when we actually have free time, sometimes curling up with a fiction book is not always a priority (I mean, come on, we could be going out to the movies, watching hour after hour of pointless YouTube videos, redesigning our MySpace profiles, playing a video game, getting a Grande soy Chai latte with a shot of espresso at Starbucks…). Enter: the short story.

Admitting to "Bad" Taste

I have a love/hate relationship with “Best” and “Worst” lists. This past week, while looking at the Worst Films of the 20th Century, I felt like the list was categorically telling me I had “bad” taste. Is it really that “bad” to have at one point enjoyed Ace Ventura or Caddyshack II

Films that Make You Go "Hmmm..."

Have you ever seen a movie that, when asked about it, made you go “hmmm….”? There have been several movies that I’ve enjoyed, but when I stopped to really think what any of them were “about” I couldn’t say – was it that I just didn’t get the depth of “meaning” or was I trying too hard to make the movies fit some formula that they obviously disrupted? I was looking at the list of All Time 100 Best Films (trying to generate some ideas) and noticed that Brazil,

Back to School Reads

With the beginning of school right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about a bunch of really great books where school is a major part of the story.

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