Film Review: Horror Hotel: The Movie (2016) — Beneath the Underground

If you have two dollars and even fewer brain cells, you may want to check out Horror Hotel: The Movie on Amazon. The film will surely appeal to your most basic instincts; so, it is definitely one that needs a certain type of viewer in a certain type of mindset going into it. This is an…

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Bad Sentences in Classic Literature: The Shining by Stephen King — Dysfunctional Literacy

The Shining by Stephen King might not be a classic yet, but it probably will be. It was written in the 1970s, and people still read it today and it’s still relevent, so I’m guessing that people will still read it 50 years from now. Even though The Shining is a great book, it has […]

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The Literary Rants: James Patterson’s Bookshots — Dysfunctional Literacy

If there’s one thing the world doesn’t need more of, it’s new James Patterson books. Patterson, the prolific author with lots of help (meaning “lots of co-authors”), put out at least 15 new books in 2016, and that’s just the start. Now he has a new line of co-authored novellas called Bookshots. Bookshots are short […]

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Quotation from Marcus Aurelius

While on the subject of quotations,  another of my favorites is from The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, a Roman emperor and stoic philosopher, who lived around 100 AD. Most people now know him as the aging emperor played by Richard Harris in the movie Gladiator or as quoted by Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs.  Besides the one quoted by Hannibal, one of my favorites is:

“The mind is like a sponge and becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.”

Again, great psychological insight centuries before the science of psychology was invented.