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Mixology & Movies: The Perfect Drink for Your Favorite Flicks

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I have been blessed with offspring and 11 nieces and nephews—12 if you count my honorary niece. I’m looking forward to their holiday merriment and flying wrapping paper but when December 26 rolls around I’m going to desperately need some grownup recreation. This means movie night with adult beverages and the little ones safely tucked in for their long winter naps (or for the teens, long winter multi-player games). For this soirée I’m gleaning inspiration from two terrific volumes of mixology: Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist by bartending’s merry punster Tim Federle (Running Press; October 2015) and Cocktails of the Movies: An Illustrated Guide to Cinematic Mixology by Will Francis and Stacey Marsh (Prestel; October 2015).…

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7 Stupid Things to Say to Your College Professor

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I’ve been a college English instructor for just about 20 years, and I like to think that I’ve heard it all. But somehow, every year, my students manage to surprise me and come up with something new. So if you’re going to college, or if you know someone who’s going to college, here’s a list of stuff that should never, EVER be said to an instructor. Will you get in trouble if you do? No. But asking one of these questions is a great way to grind your teacher’s gears, and you know what they say about first impressions. As you’re sizing up your instructors, they’re doing the same to you, even if they don’t know it or won’t admit…

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