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When is it okay to correct mispronunciations? [video]
Posted 30 April 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

People mispronounce things all the time. Hell, I do it like five times in this video where I specifically call attention to mispronunciations. So, is there ever a socially acceptable time to call attention to such linguistic slander?

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When is the right time to stop reading a book? [video]
Posted 26 April 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Lately I’ve started to contemplate how best to address my ever-growing TBR pile. I’ve realized that it’s not so much the quantity of books that prevents me from making even a dent in the pile, but more my absurd practice of reading every book to 100% completion, even if I know by page 10 that I won’t like the book. This, I have learned, must change.

So, how do a break up with a book when I know the relationship is going nowhere. Please help me!

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Rural family noir: a video book review of In the Devil’s Territory by Kyle Minor [video]
Posted 23 April 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Kyle Minor’s In the Devil’s Territory is rural family noir at its best, with lots of back-woods religion overtones, and family dynamics rooted in harsh sexism where women are taught to be subservient to men and men are trained to exploit that subservience.

Buy it here.

What am I drinking? Schlafly Coffee Stout. Mmmmmmm.

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We Play Stephen King Plot or Adult Swim Show! [video]
Posted 18 April 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Come spectate upon a rousing game of Stephen King plot or Adult Swim show in which I read a brief synopsis and you tell me if I’m describing the plot of a Stephen King book or of a TV show on the ridiculously Stephen King-like network Adult Swim.

My guest today is Gordon Highland.

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We Play Bukowski or Bukkake! [video]
Posted 12 April 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

It’s time for another (the first ever) round of Bukowski or Bukkake, in which I show you a magnified image and you tell me if it’s a picture of the pock-riddled face of writer and poet Charles Bukowski or the cock-ridden disgrace at the center of a bukkake.

My guest today is Gordon Highland.

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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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