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TV Tropes, fans and media analysis: Part 1

When I was in college, I had an English professor who gave her students some advice I still try to stand by to this day. “Don’t just summarize the material,” she’d say. “We’ve both read the book. We both know […]

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TV Tropes, fans and media analysis: Part 1

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When I was in college, I had an English professor who gave her students some advice I still try to stand by to this day. “Don’t just summarize the material,” she’d say. “We’ve both read the book. We both know […]

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Scones and Mt. Vernon: An August Extravagance

A walk through the Mt. Vernon district in Baltimore is a reminder of the decadence and luxury from decades now gone. These scone recipes from the past will take

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New Mercury Nonfiction Reading Series brings out great reads

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Why stress over a wedding?

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‘Solidarity with Palestine’ rally held by Johns Hopkins University students

Students and activists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore sponsored Thursday a very spirited demonstration in support of the people of occupied Gaza. It took place at the intersection

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DashCon convention doomed from the start

I could talk about video games all day and all night, but this isn’t a blog about video games. It’s a blog about fans. And last week, there was a

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Col. Ann Wright: ‘Stop the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza!’

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Consumer Product Safety Commission: Do not eat magnets

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La Dolce Vita Part 3 – Up the Mountain

Seven of us rented a villa in Lezzano on Lake Como, Italy for a week. We spent two days seeing the lake from the water and then we were

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