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Katherine Woodbury
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Archetype: The Wry Friend
Sangchul is the one thinking, "So what?"  And yes, Seyun wanted to brag. I discuss the archetype of the Wry Friend on my main blog. Wry friends occur in Western literature and television but the Wry Outsider is somewhat more common/popular (Spike from Buffy...

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British Actor: Robert Glenister
Robert Glenister is a marvelous British actor who first showed up on my radar in Persuasion as Captain Harvile, the friend of Captain Wentworth whose invitation brings Anne and others to Lyme for a visit. He is the character who discusses male versus female...

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Archetype: The Wry Friend
Sangchul is the one thinking, "So what?"  And yes, Seyun wanted to brag. I discuss the archetype of the Wry Friend on my main blog. Wry friends occur in Western literature and television but the Wry Outsider is somewhat more common/popular (Spike from Buffy...

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Dysfunctional Relationships: Sometimes They Work and Sometimes . . .
One could argue that ALL relationships are dysfunctional. For the purposes of this post, I am addressing relationships where there is an obvious imbalance within the relationship dynamic: the woman who wants to marry a daddy figure; the man who wants to mar...

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Thoughts on the Ending of Jane Eyre
Bicknell captures St. John's zeal. Jane Eyre does not close with Jane Eyre's marriage to Rochester, the birth of their son, and their happily married life. It certainly mentions those things ("Reader, I married him") but it ends instead with several paragra...

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Collection Review: Yellow
Goh on the left; Taki on the right. My last review tackled Fake by Sanami Matoh. Although I didn't read Yellow next, I am reviewing it next since I read Yellow because of Fake . When I first starting reading yaoi, I had no idea what to read or where to star...

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M is for McGraw
When I was younger, I became enamored with Ancient Egypt. I adored Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (I knew all the songs and could sing them, tunelessly, as I wandered about the house) plus Joseph and His Brothers , the video put out by the Gen...

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Japanese Slapstick
I remember the moment I realized that the Japanese are not all math-oriented, serious geeks. Prior to that moment, if anyone had said to me, "But people are people. Why can't the Japanese be as silly and raunchy as everyone else?" I would have agreed. I was...

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Japanese Slapstick
I remember the moment I realized that the Japanese are not all math-oriented, serious geeks. Prior to that moment, if anyone had said to me, "But people are people. Why can't the Japanese be as silly and raunchy as everyone else?" I would have agreed. I was...

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Animals and Personality in Manga
When I was growing up, my family occasionally played a kind of 20-anthropomorphizing-questions game; the answer was always a person while the questions included, "What kind of animal would this person be?" "What kind of plant?" "What kind of wrapping paper?...
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