Articles by " Athena Flint"
1 Aug
2016

August 2016 Events and Holidays

August 2016The heat of summer has ARRIVED! We are all about our air conditioning, so feel free to stop by for some cool air and a few laughs. August is Admit You're Happy Month and National Eye Exam Month! Also up this month is Spider-Man Day (Aug 1), Rootbeer Float Day (Aug 6), International Beer Day (Aug 7), Bad Poetry Day (Aug 18) and National Waffle Day (Aug 24)! Birthdays this month include Andy Warhol (Aug 6), Lois Lane (Aug 17), Mr. Snuffleupagus (Aug 19) and Pee Wee Herman (Aug 27)! Book Club will be meeting on August 28th at 6 PM to talk about Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide the the Galaxy! For EVEN MORE holidays and birthdays, keep reading!

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This month is Admit You're Happy Month! Stop making yourself all grumpy and stuff about life, and JUST LIVE IT! I hear that a great way to remember how happy you are is to go to your local card shop and spend an hour laughing your butt off at all the super inappropriate cards! (Srsly tho, we love the sounds of laughter here at KU) It's also National Eye Exam Month so make sure you get your eyes all checked out.

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No one likes squinting. It gives you lines. On your face.

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This week is International Clown Week (Aug 1-7)! Get out your red noses and faceprint and STRIKE TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF ALL.

Also this week is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Aug 2), the day that Dom Perignon invented champagne (Aug 4), and National Mustard Day (Aug 5).

Who's hitting the theaters to see Suicide Squad on opening night?? It's in theaters on the 5th!

The weekend holds all kinds of greatness: Root Beer Float Day (Aug 6), and International Beer Day (Aug 7)! Also this weekend is the Horror Fan Craft Fair & Flea (Aug 6), and that is really the ONLY way to spend your weekend. High five to the people who are running that thing, because WHAT A GOOD IDEA.

Birthdays this week include:
The JokerHerman Melville and Kevin Smith (all Aug 1), Neil Armstrong (Aug 5), Andy Warhol and Piers Anthony (Aug 6), and Sidney Crosby (Aug 7).

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This week is National Farmer's Market Week (Aug 7-13), so make sure you hit up all your fave markets!! There's one in Shadyside now! Did you know?? NOW YOU KNOW!

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Next up is my personal favorite, Sneak Some Zucchini onto your neighbor's porch Night (Aug 8)!!!! I wish you all the best sneaking! Then there's Book Lover's Day (Aug 9), National Duran Duran Appreciation Day  and S'Mores Day (both Aug 10), and Vinyl Record Day (Aug 12).

Also on the 12th, Sausage Party hits theaters.  If you haven't seen the trailer for Sausage Party yet, do it now. Don't be deceived though. This is NOT a kids movie. It's from the makers of Superbad. So. You know. Not for kids.

If you're not into movies, it's okay! You can always hit up the Bluegrass Festival on August 13th!

Birthdays this week include:
Ginny Weasley (Aug 11), William Goldman (Aug 12), Alfred Hitchcock (Aug 13) and Steve Martin (Aug 14).

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It's Weird Contest Week (Aug 13-17)!!! We're working on concocting some epic contest here at KU, so make sure you check back to see how you can win some silly prizes!

Relaxation Day  is on the 15th, so stop by to get some soothing shower bursts or something. TREAT YO' SELF.

dogNext up is Bad Poetry Day (Aug 18), Little Italy Days in Bloomfield (Aug 18-21) and the start of BikeFest (Aug 19-28)

Birthdays this week include:
Lois Lane (Aug 17), Gene Roddenberry, Ogden Nash and Mr. Snuffleupagus (All Aug 19), H.P. Lovecraft (Aug 20) and Christopher Robin Milne (Aug 21)

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Okay, so this week starts a little rough: Pluto Demoted Day and Vesuvius Day share the 24th. But it is all okay because that same day is also National Waffle Day. So you can totally drown your sorrows in syrup. That's a legit thing to do.
The week ends with FREEDOM! It's Go Topless Day (Aug 28)! #FreeTheNipple

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Birthdays this week include: 
Ray Bradbury and Dorothy Parker (both Aug 22), Gene Kelly (Aug 23), Tim Burton and Sean Connery (both Aug 25), and Pee Wee Herman and Ira Levin (both Aug 27)

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There's a couple more days left, so don't give up yet! You can have two more parties at LEAST! Celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day (Aug 29) with some killer herbaceous recipes and follow it up with some S'MORES for Toasted Marshmallow Day (Aug 30)

That's it! That's all we've got! We sure hope this August is your BEST AUGUST YET!

28 Jul
2016

Top Ten Gifts for people who can’t get enough Harry Potter

20 Jul
2016

Book Club Wrap-Up: The Secret History

Thank you to everyone who came out to talk about The Secret History on Sunday! General consensus was that this book was SO worth the read. We had a lively discussion about human nature, for sure.

Next up, we'll be reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!!! Start reading now and join us on Aug 28th at 6pm to discuss this seriously one of a kind book. <3

Don't forget to log your books for #KUBookBingo!! Remember, the more you read this summer, the more likely it is that you'll be our BIG WINNER!!!

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16 Jul
2016

Even More Summer Reading Lists!

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We've given you a LOT of lists this week, but if you STILL aren't sure about what you should be reading this summer, HERE ARE SOME MORE! These are lists we've used in past summers, but they are still just as hot as they were when they were posted the first time!
Read on, Readers! 

15 Jul
2016

Jessi’s Summer Reading picks!

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Jessi is the Queen of Geek Culture and Board Games. That is her official title. Her other titles include "Boss Lady", "Duchess of Kards" and "Jedi Princess". Everything you want to know about good Science Fiction can probably be answered by Jessi. Also, she will kick your ass HARD in any game of any kind probably. Just saying.
Here are Jessi's Summer Reading suggestions!

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14 Jul
2016

J.D.’s Summer Reading Picks!

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So you like graphic novels? Well. You've come to the right place. J.D. is now KU's unofficial Graphic Novel wizard. Why? Well, he's read a lot of them. And he has opinions. And from we can tell so far, his opinions are pretty good quality!
J.D. has some regular books suggestions as well. Check 'em out!

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13 Jul
2016

Mariann’s Summer Reading Picks

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Mariann has been here at KU for just a few months, but she's got our jive down pretty well. She's a quiet one, but damn is that girl good at organizing things. In her previous life she was probably a dragon that kept her hoard filed alphabetically.
Check out her Summer Reading selections!

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Murakami’s latest work of fiction is a must for even the most casual fan. Ethereal and wistful, this story follows our despairing protagonist on a quest to seek closure in a lonely life defined by comparison. One question haunts the narrative and when answered leaves us troubled by the unfortunate nature of miscommunication.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Running away to live in a museum has never been more fun. Part mystery, part brother-sister bonding tale, this is a timeless classic (not just for children!) that deserves a re-read.

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
The more I’ve thought about it, the title of this book is strikingly apt. Apt in that it is joking, playful, snide, and knowingly self-aware, much like the work itself. A meditation on the endurance of the human spirit, the “genius” is in the journey I was happy to take and you will be too. With a superb navigator, this is a fantastic introduction to the genre of creative non-fiction

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If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
As the protagonist of the text, “you” fall in love with a beautiful woman you meet in a bookstore. As the protagonist of the text, you are ensnared in the inner-workings of the literary world. As a reader of the text, each chapter is the beginning of a new genre-specific novel that is interrupted right as the text begins to evolve. Somehow these two parallel narratives impressively mix and mash together to create an intriguing work of postmodernist fiction.

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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
A good place to start if you’re at all curious about Virginia Woolf’s writing. A woman of high society questions her marriage and social obligations. In a world before the diagnosis PTSD, a veteran experiences flashbacks that push him into the darkest of places. How do we age with passion, how do we experience time? Float down the stream of consciousness with Woolf’s musings on past, present, and parties.

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New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
The ultimate detective collection twists and turns through a few gumshoes’ persistent search for the truth in conflicting realities. Originally published in installments, these three stories complement one another in their meta-fictional essence. This collection doesn’t take itself too seriously and instead offers a refreshing take on the traditional hard-hitting crime story.

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Satin Island by Tom McCarthy
A vague account of dreams, maps, skydivers, and oil spills, an anthropologist is tasked with writing a report for a suspect mega-corporation. This text examines why we analyze society and culture and who this analysis benefits. I read it in one sitting.

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Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins
Before the illuminati conspiracy craze swept the American underground, there were hypotheses about presidential destiny and the imagery hidden on a pack of Camel cigarettes. What does this have to do with redheads, blackberries, and the city of Seattle? Read along to find out.

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The Stranger by Albert Camus
This existential classic will have you grappling with the implications of a person’s moral constitution. As far as the perfect summer reading book, well, it does take place on a beach…

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Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The near dystopian future is falling in love online. It is an awkward negotiation between digital avatars and a global economy on the political fritz. Immortality and image collide to bring a satirical take on unexpected, cloying romance.

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Are you an aging record producer? Someone’s personal assistant? A former punk, a future parent, a love-struck fool? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this book is for you. Travel through the years with a cast of characters who are truly rock and roll. Egan crafts a hilarious and heart-wrenching tale of broken dreams and new beginnings. As a homeless bassist utters mid-way through the text, “time is a goon.”

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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The memoir to end all memoirs. The emptiness of grief is explored with such complexity from a journalistic and personal perspective. The jarring and sudden death of a spouse. The illness and decline of a daughter. If ever there were a book to make you cry, this is it.