All posts by Jessie Gutierrez

Saturday Of Book Reviewing – Green’s Looking For Alaska

I imagine many have read this book before myself. Since it’s so well known, I rather think I’ll ‘review’ it by continuing a trend I started with BJ Novak’s novel: answering John Green’s discussion questions at the end! There are a few, so bear with me folks, along this journey of general thought over specific details.

Some Intentionally Vague and Broad Discussion Questions Continue reading Saturday Of Book Reviewing – Green’s Looking For Alaska

15 on the 15th: Ohio is for Lovers

Home to the Buckeyes and a  notably non-rectangular US state flag. One of a kind, isn’t it?

Black Veil Brides – Wake Up

Andy Black/Biersack/Sixx is Black Veil Brides’ only original member and he is originally from Ohio. I just got to see these guys live last Thursday at The Fillmore here in Denver. They put on one hell of a show. Continue reading 15 on the 15th: Ohio is for Lovers

The Secret Keeper’s Weekly Writing Challenge #123

So the rules are simple. Write a poem or flash fiction and incorporate these five words:

SUN / BOOK / ACT / STAND / WAR

Because I’m a sucker for the style, I chose to follow the structure of a villanelle. Here goes my entry:

The Wolf Who Cried Continue reading The Secret Keeper’s Weekly Writing Challenge #123

Saturday of Book Reviewing – Harris’ Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

Disclaimer #1: This book was written by a gentleman who does not believe in God, nor in free will. His perspective is both enlightening and potentially damaging to those who wish to hold tight to an exclusively religious worldview. To be frank: straight up avoid this book if you think people can only live by a moral code given by a higher power; nothing he writes will make sense to you. Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Harris’ Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

Communication and Identity: Waking Up with Sam Harris Reflection

Harris @23:45: “Yeah, that’s why I think identity politics is so toxic in my view, ’cause if identity is paramount, communication is impossible; like because you haven’t shared my specific experience or you don’t have the same skin color, same gender, there’s no bridge between us. And there’s no chain of reasoning from you to me, that should trump anything I currently think because what I think is anchored to identity, and we don’t share an identity.”  Continue reading Communication and Identity: Waking Up with Sam Harris Reflection

Misplaced Missive #188 – Don’t Be Afraid

It’s a new year and we all made it to 2018. Huzzah! Good for us, right? Ha in the spirit of beginnings and positivity, I offer you the following: 

Don’t be afraid.
Not of the dark,
And not of the future.
Don’t be afraid,
Because you are never alone,
And I will always be there. Continue reading Misplaced Missive #188 – Don’t Be Afraid

Saturday of Book Reviewing – Moore’s Lamb

See also: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal
See also: Read awhile ago, reviewing now in honor of Jesus’ bday celebration last sunday! Hurray for Christmas.

From the first subtitle alone, I’m sure you can guess this novel will be stored under ‘irreverent comedy’. This guess is correct, but incomplete. Christopher Moore, our author du jour, is fairly well known for his absurdist fiction and Douglas Adamsesque style of writing. He likes recurring jokes, making even his villains fully sympathetic characters, and playing with history, so if you lose track of one liners, prefer your bad guys in black hats with swirly mustaches, and only enjoy historical fact: this is not the book for you. Continue reading Saturday of Book Reviewing – Moore’s Lamb