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SYTYCD 9.15-Patootie Pattin' & Silent Screams

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Well it's time for the Top 6 and I am both sad to see the rapidity with which this season seems to be ending and excited to see if there are still some awesome routines up some choreographers'/dancers' sleeves.  I'm going to change up the layout of the review slightly, since there are only six dancers left and since they'll all be dancing 3 times (yeah, seriously). I'll be keeping track in terms of each dancer, not in terms of the show's chronological order.  I have faith you'll be able to keep up.

Let's first dispatch with the technicalities though, shall we?
The Intro Group Dance was done to Scream by Kelis
And YOUUURRRR Judges are: Nigel, Mary and Christina Applegate

Tiffany:All-Star Dance
Partner:Benji
Style: Jive
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereaux
Song: What I Like About You by Lillix (yeah, the version from Freaky Friday and 13 Going On 30)

To be honest, I'm just jealous of their conditioning in order to get through that routine.  There…

On the Bookshelf: Gone Girl

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This is one of those novels that will sit in the back of your mind, in a corner you forget about on an everyday basis, and then all of a sudden, from nowhere, you'll remember how thoroughly insane a person can be and you'll shiver before going about your business again. GIllian Flynn has managed to write an account of such boldly psychopathic behavior, while including the everyday nature of relationships and melds them so seamlessly that, of the main characters, one moment you're thinking "ok, I get this" and the next you're thinking "this is absolutely terrifying". It's not the terrifying of horror stories where the monster is some fantastical creature who must be defeated before unadulterated happiness can return by the end; it's the kind of terror of a seemingly normal human being willing to delve in to the deep end of depravity, live there and revel in their ability to hurt people and still look like the person who's walking their do…

On The Bookshelf: The Sense of An Ending

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At first bookstore-shelf gaze, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes is deceptively slim. In fact, due to its thicker stock, historied pages, it almost seems padded a bit. But as with most things in life, it's not the quantity, but the quality of a thing that sets it apart, and this book is no exception to that rule. Clocking in at 163 pages, this would seem an easy read, but you would be deceived to judge this book on its final page count. What is woven within those pages is a story contemplating the nature of relationships, of time, occasionally even of life itself.
Tony Webster is, by all acknowledgement, including, perhaps especially, his own, a very average man. He's led an average life, gone to school, graduated from university, married, divorced, fathered a child and settled into an entirely average retirement phase. He doesn't do much, really, he's never done much, on first consideration, until an unexpected notice forces him to delve into his past. Tony's…