The Genie Hunt Puts A Supernatural Twist On The Usual Mystery Novel

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I took one look at the cover of “The Genie Hunt” by M.C. Tuggle and decided I was going to start reading it during the day, when it was nice and bright out. I’m not necessarily easily spooked, but the front of this novella features demonic and angry yellow eyes so I opted out of opening it up for the first time during the night. Just to be safe.






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How I Met The Only Person Who Really Understood Me (And How I Lost Her)

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I met her my second day on the adolescent floor of Silver Hill Psychiatric Hospital. Technically, she had been there the night prior, when I was heavily medicated and instructed to go to sleep, but I acknowledged her as nothing more than an un-moving shape beneath the sheets of the bed adjacent to my own.






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Discover Your True Self in Beyond The Good-Girl Jail

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Within the first paragraph of the introduction to Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self by Sandra Felt, the author describes the meaning of the book’s title. A “good-girl jail” is the state of mind in which one locks herself, by trying always to be “good,” instead of just being the genuine human being she was born. Felt states that while in the process of attempting to live life the “right” way, she completely lost who she was as a person. So, just in the very first few pages of this novel, the main theme is illustrated–a theme which is not only relatable to almost everyone (dare I say), but also one that is deeply personal to me. I was hooked right away.






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Chicago Celebrates its 20th Broadway Anniversary on Central Park’s Summer Stage

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When I walked into Central Park’s Summer Stage area on the night of August 31st, the energy was almost palpable. There was a certain excitement in the air that was both impossible to ignore and difficult to resist. This electrifying and intoxicating atmosphere was brought on by the performance that was about to happen: the celebration of Chicago the Musical’s 20th year on Broadway.






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H.O.M.E: A Meta-Human Look At What It Means To Be Human

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Walking into the performance space for H.O.M.E (Habitat of Meta-Humans Enterprise) was almost like experiencing a preface to the show itself. The lighting was dim and slightly blue, projecting a space-like visual upon the stage. The seats of the audience were placed on an incline, with the stage at the bottom, allowing viewers to look down at the scenery below them. There was a cool breeze blowing throughout the whole area, which may or may not have been intentional, but all the same served to project an air of science fiction and futuristic wonder. I was excited from the moment I sat down.






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It Was You I Was Addicted To

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You were a harder love, one that I should have known to stay away from, one I should have known not to get mixed up with, one that I should have known could destroy me; ruin my life. But like most addictive personalities do, I ignored all logical thinking and dove into you face first.






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Every New Yorker Can Receive A Virtual Doorman With This New App

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Living in a big city, like, say, Manhattan, is amazing. There is almost everything right at your fingertips, or around the corner, or perhaps a few subway stops away. The point is that New York City essentially offers you anything you’d like, at basically any time. “Time” being a key word in that statement because, if you’re a New Yorker, you know that there never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done, run all your errands, or pick up all the things you need to grab from the store. And that is precisely why many of us Manhattanites love to order things online and have them delivered. It’s simple, stress-free, and saves a whole bucket-load of time for us.






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I Have Depression And I Am Happy

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I had been on my couch for six hours straight. Staring at my phone, scribbling down angry thoughts on the notepad I had laying beside me, letting the tears slide gently from the corners of my eyes. There was no reason for me to be crying. There was no reason for me to have slept the entire day until, finally, at 5 in the evening, I forced myself to get out of my tangled mess of blankets before I developed bedsores or fell so deeply into my subconscious that I lost sight of my way out. There was no reason my next step was to lie on the couch and begin breathing slowly, memorizing the color of my ceiling, and letting my thoughts,one by one, slide slowly into each other, the next one more troubling than the last.






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Former: A Novel About What It Means to be a Zombie and What It Means to be a Human

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Before I opened the covers of the science fiction novel Former, written by A.E. Stueve, I sat for a while with it in my lap, just staring silently down at the cover. It features a dark silhouette of a man’s profile, cigarette in mouth, then within this image is another image of what looks like a forest, a very foggy and ominous one at that, with more silhouettes walking through it. A few of the men have their arms raised in ways that are reminiscent of zombies. So from just looking at the cover, without knowing anything about the book or the plot at all, one can only surmise this novel has something to do with either zombies themselves or a very zombie-like story. Which, without spoiling anything, it certainly does.






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“Much Ado About Nothing”: An Entertaining Spin On A Classic Play

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When I first sat down to write a review of the most recent play I saw, William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” I honestly didn’t know where to begin. To say the least, this production blew me out of my seat. Despite my seemingly dramatic words, I was so very pleasantly taken aback by just how good this show was. As someone who has studied Shakespeare, read Shakespeare, and performed Shakespeare, I know just how difficult it can be to bring one of his plays to the stage and truly make it captivating, while still maintaining the great playwright’s unique style and language.






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Suspense, Mystery, and Romance Make “Aztec Midnight” a Must-Read

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If you had told me to sit down and read a book that was a few parts Mexican drug cartel, one part archaeological mystery, one part international politics, with a couple dashes of romance and suspense to top it off, I would have looked at you like you were crazy. Needless to say, those types of books don’t often fall into my lap. Not because I’m not interested, but because I just never seem to give myself the chance to be interested.






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8 Things My Depression Says To Me

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As sure as I was born with blue eyes and a natural affinity for anything with cheese, I was born with depression. Even just reading that is enough to make some people pretty uncomfortable. The word “depression” often summons all sorts of images to one’s head: a crumpled up human being in the corner of a dark room, folded into the fetal position, shaking with sobs. Mascara stains on cheeks. Cut marks on wrists. Black, empty space. It’s not wrong that the very word itself has a negative, dark connotation.






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My Fight With The Night: What Insomnia Really Feels Like To Me

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The clock on the stove glared at me in taunting red numbers: 5:16. It’s almost daytime, it seemed to chant in my face, and you still haven’t fallen asleep yet. A lot of people will be waking up soon to start their days. Some people have already woken up. You fucking suck…






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The Day After I Died

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The Saturday after I died was beautiful; the weather was something North-Easterners would refer to fondly as “just right.” Not too hot, nor too cold, a slight breeze, and no humidity. The sunshine reflected nicely off the little pond next to my house, making the water shimmer fluidly, as if it were laughing. There was a certain calmness to the air, as if nature were allowing itself a day of leisure, to rest and meander through its own thoughts for awhile.






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He Can See Heaven: A Closer Look At The Origin of Christianity

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The definition of a “hierophant” is, according to my trusted internet sources, “a person, especially a priest in ancient Greece, who interprets sacred mysteries or esoteric principles.” That word, although perhaps unfamiliar to many, is particularly important to know when beginning the book He Can See Heaven by J.B. Keats.






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Celebrate Yourself With A Conversation With Walt Whitman

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A few months ago, a young aspiring actress and director by the name of Pilar Gonzalez was standing in line (as many of us Manhattanites are very used to) waiting to get through security in a building where she was about to begin her work shift for the day. As she moved slowly towards the door, she found herself focusing on the security guard, who was nodding to the people as they passed by, subconsciously robotic in his movements. Pilar remembers the moment clearly…






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An Apology Letter To The Daughter I Don’t Have

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I don’t know how to talk to you yet. I don’t know what you look like. I know you’re beautiful (that goes without saying), but I can’t see your eyes (the ones that will lock me in); I can’t hear your laugh (the one that will warm me up); and I can’t feel your soul (the one with which I will fall in love). But… it’s late at night, and my mind has done that funny thing that minds occasionally do when they are left alone: it has created a yearning for something(one) that doesn’t exist. You are the person I need to talk to right now…






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We Haven’t Killed It Yet: Romance Is Still Breathing

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I finished up the latest online article I had found while perusing pictures of my friend’s new cat on Facebook, and let myself fall back on to my couch with a slight sigh. I halfheartedly glanced through the rest of the stories showing up in my social media newsfeed: “21 Reasons Why Being In A Relationship Sucks If You’re A Millennial”, “Why Men In Their 20s Won’t Settle Down”, “Love Just Doesn’t Exist”, “Romance Is Dead, Bitches, Get Used To It” before I gently put my phone down and closed my eyes…






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