Archive | May, 2012

America In Wartime, 1962

Lovely day for football! Lovely day! The fans are filling in now, full capacity expected. It’s 72 degrees here. There’s the coach now trotting out to midfield. He’s got that steely glare. Hard to imagine his boys have lost their last three with that glare. They’re not boys. They’re men, they’re men so long as […]

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Brief Review: Everything James Patterson Has Ever Written

Two years ago, I was assigned Understanding Comics, a reading on the psychology of comic books by Scott McCloud. In 2012, comic books have risen to a true art form: graphic novels. Not only are many of the illustrations as un-cartoonish as possible, but the writing is, well, sharp. There are no more BLAMs and […]

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Brief Review: Freedom

TIME Magazine really wanted Jonathan Franzen to be the Next Great American Author. I wanted to buy into it, too, before I had read any of his books. As you can imagine, that set me up for disappointment. Franzen is a vibrant, skilled author and, as he will admit, not quite on par with the […]

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Brief Review: The Alchemist

This was definitely my favorite book in high school, and it’s probably still in the top ten today.  The novel discussed the language of the world and how it interacted with a Santiago’s search for treasure in the Pyramids of Giza. If you haven’t read the book, you have still likely heard one of its […]

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Brief Review: The Giver

The Giver frustrates me because it has high school themes at a middle school reading level. In high school, the rebels start to show their mettle. The things you talked about doing in middle school you do or do not do in high school.  Everything feels as confusing and new as it did to Jonas. […]

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Brief Review: The Things They Carried

So much of my literate history involved the discovery of truth and falsehood. The plot reveal of who was lying and who wasn’t made the story what it was. Characters developed to the extent of how often they told the truth and what that truth looked like. Then along comes The Things They Carried in […]

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Scientists Discover Desolate Planet Populated By Cosmopolitan Magazine Staff

LOGIC-DEVOID POCKET OF SPACE — A hyper-dimensional spacecraft jettisoned from Earth eight years ago finally reached its destination of Planet 141X with all eight passengers safely touching down in the estrogen-heavy atmosphere. Preliminary photos and video showed no signs of life, but at 4 p.m. today, the scientists reported having made contact with mysterious life […]

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About the Author

Chris O'Toole (Colorado State '12) is pursuing a Screenwriting MFA at Chapman University. He has worked for Livestrong, CBS, Examiner and other publications. Love, hate, and job offers can be sent to: chris@o2lsports.com