I Read It First: The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio is going after that elusive Oscar win again, taking on the role of beleaguered but resourceful frontiersman Hugh Glass just before the 2015 film season closes. This has “Oscar-bait” written all over it. I see what you are doing, DiCaprio, but you may have torn off more than you can chew with this one.

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I Read It First: The Jungle Book

Yet another children’s book! Admittedly,¬†the Jungle Book is in a pretty separate category from most of the YA I’ve read this year, but it makes up for it with that complicated racial and colonial history. Let’s talk about native kids portrayed as animals!

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I’m gone!

Hello, dear readers! However many of you there actually are. You may have noticed I’ve been a little remiss in posting lately! Mostly just drunk movies and I Read It Firsts. Well, that’s because I’ve been a little bit…gone. Well, actually, first I was preparing to be gone, and then I was¬†actually gone.

Gone where? Europe! Mostly the Eastern part. Also a little bit Turkey. I’m bouncing around with very little set itinerary, just to see exactly¬†how far¬†my self-identified sense of independence and spontaneity will take me. Turns out, pretty far…so far, anyway.

That said, updates to this blog will be a bit sporadic over the next few months. I will probably post a few travelogue-type things, but I just don’t know what my internet access is going to look like on a regular basis, so I can’t make any promises. If there are updates, you will find them here! (Or on twitter)

Until December, my friends~

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Yours nomadically,
M.M. Jordahl

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”¬†

I Read It First: Frankenstein

I’m glad this project finally gave me a kick in the pants to actually¬†read Frankenstein, which is often hailed as one of the first-ever science fiction books. It’s a grandmother of the genre, and for good reason: the ideas and moral implications that it grapples with are enormous, and it has a really nuanced and intelligent approach to them. But is it worth reading? Well….

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I Read It First: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal

We’ve officially reached the book on this year’s reading list that I am least likely to have ever picked up on my own. What can I say? I really don’t give a shit about gangsters and feds trying to out-swagger each other.

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