Literally Everything 01/11/2014: Community, Parks & Rec, Young Avengers

I started visiting sites like The A.V. Club and Flavorwire a few years ago, where I was introduced to incredibly intelligent and articulate writers, dissecting and expounding on everything from complex novels and films to why anybody would choose to watch Duck Dynasty. I’ll be reading something by Todd Vanderwerff and suddenly realize that the episode of television that I thought I understood, I did not understand at all. I try to reach that level of analysis with everything I write, but usually I don’t have the time to scrutinize every joke in an episode of Community that I would like. One day I’d like to make a career out of this, but to do that I know that I actually have to write more than I currently do. So to find the middle ground between getting a job writing for and just calling it quits and and becoming the world’s saddest administrative assistant, I’m going to try to write less about more. I’m going to make it my goal to write something about everything I read, listen to, or watch everyday. I won’t be able to churn out 1,500 words on every piece of pop culture I consume like I would like to, but I will try to get my opinion across as succinctly as possible. I’m still going to write longer pieces, but posts like these will become the majority of my blog. So, let us begin.
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What I’m Reading and Why and How and Huh? (Vol. 1)

As a former English major, who usually read the first two thirds of each book I was assigned in college, I’ve recently felt guilty about engaging more with movies, television and music that I have been with books. I have books on my shelf that I’ve held onto for years that have gone unread. I missed a lot of the classics you’re supposed to read in college but didn’t get around to because my young, contrarian TAs all wanted to teach obscure titles (damn you, Naked Lunch). So, in an effort to up my literary game, I’m going to start reading more and posting short reviews. Each post will consist of five books or so. So, here we go:
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