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About this blog: I grew up in Palo Alto and now live in Mountain View with my husband, daughter and two corgis. After about a decade grappling with the law, first as a law student at UC Berkeley and then as a litigator around the Bay Area, I left ...  (More)

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Why "The Desolation of Smaug" is So Disappointing
Dec 14, 2013 9:13 am
Comments: 31 | Views: 36,211

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug isn't terrible, but it's not great either, at least not for those fans that preferred the well-paced... More
Maleficent's Backstory
Jun 4, 2014 6:09 pm
Comments: 3 | Views: 25,981

The power of folktales lies in their retelling. They migrate across cultures, taking on the contemporary anxieties of whatever society does the retelling,... More
Is HBO's Silicon Valley Any Good?
Apr 13, 2014 12:32 pm
Comments: 25 | Views: 24,169

HBO's new show Silicon Valley opens with has-been Kid Rock playing for a badly attended corporate gala where nobody is listening to him. He finally... More
Blue Line Pizza?yay or nay?
Sep 14, 2013 11:06 am
Comments: 14 | Views: 21,905

Blue Line is a train that runs 19.5 miles between O'Hare Airport and downtown Chicago. It is also the name of a great deep-dish pizza place on Castro Street in Mountain... More
Why Catching Fire is So Much Better Than the First Hunger Games Movie
Nov 22, 2013 4:02 pm
Comments: 32 | Views: 20,444

As most people know, Catching Fire is the second installment of The Hunger Games trilogy, but while the second novel sometimes feels phoned-in... More
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