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Jews probably didn’t kill Jesus: A review of Zealot by Reza Aslan [video]
Posted 30 March 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

I’m not religious, so reading what could be called a religious book goes against the expected content on this channel (a channel, need I remind you, that sometimes features a character called the Heavenly Feather, which is a, yes, heavenly feather). But this book is different. It’s more history than religious. Much is discussed about Jesus the Christ, but what about Jesus the person? Got your attention yet? This is what Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan explores. And it’s incredible. Even to a non-religious person like me. The worldly origins of otherworldly belief systems is very interesting to me.

Buy Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan here.

What beer am I drinking? Imperial Stout 2013 from Boulevard Brewery

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A video book review of The Girl in the Picture by Denise Chong [video book review]
Posted 25 March 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video


I review The Girl in the Picture: The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War by Denise Chong. I apologize in advance for being offensive during the first 1 minute of the video.

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Native Americans and Body Hair? A review of The Least of My Scars by Stephen Graham Jones [video book review]
Posted 12 March 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Stephen Graham Jones is incredibly prolific. Seriously, The Least of My Scars was published in late 2013 and already, as of March 2014, he’s got at least 3 other books out that I am aware of. But what’s incredible is that the man doesn’t skimp on quality. The Least of My Scars is no exception. This book is incredible.

Similar to Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, The Least of My Scars is told from the perspective of a serial killer with whom the reader has no empathy. But somehow, Jones (and Ellis) makes it work. I’ll be studying this book for a very long time.

Intro easter egg: WheezyWaiter http://www.youtube.com/user/wheezywaiter (can it really be an easter egg when it’s probably pretty obvious and definitely a complete rip-off?)

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How to Pour the Perfect Pint of Beer…and have a 3 way in the process [video]
Posted 8 March 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

A riff on the cheesey classroom filmstrips of the 1950s-60s wherein we learn how to pour the perfect pint of beer from a bottle. Also, you may learn a few tips on how to pick up women…bottle-shaped women.

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Stress and Checklists
Posted 16 February 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

I need to stop doing things for the sake of some intangible goal. I want the goal itself to be the doing. I want writing and video making and reading to be fun again. This video is step one toward that goal (okay, I realize that by having a “step one” I’ve already discredited my attempt to make the act itself a goal…baby steps, alright! Dammit, I’m indicating steps again!)

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Invisible Man/Twilight – The Definitely Prepared to Discuss Book Club Discussion Series [video]
Posted 16 February 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video


For this week’s edition of the Definitely Prepared to Discuss Book Club Discussion Series I thought I was supposed to read Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man. I was wrong.

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5 Places to See Dead Human Body Parts [video]
Posted 9 February 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / I Didn't Mean to be Kevin/ Video

See hair in Turkey, skulls in Paris, an Arm in Maryland, several penises in Iceland, and human skin pants in Iceland, really Iceland again? You can even visit a few strange human part themed roadside attractions in my novel I Didn’t Mean to be Kevin.

1. Hair

Avanos Hair Museum in Cappadocia, Turkey contains hair samples, names and addresses from more than 16,000 women from all around the world. The founder, Chez Galip, admits that the hair collection began as a way to increase membership in his pottery workshops.

While visitors to the cave are not required to donate a lock of hair, each year Galip does select 10 locks of hair at random whose owners are awarded with a trip back to his pottery studio and are allowed to stay in his guest house free of charge.

2. Head

The Catacombs of Paris, are essentially underground walls and walls and walls built with human skulls.

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