How are TCP contributors spending their holidays? Between the shopping, cooking, eating, baking, drinking, gift wrapping and being merry, time will be made for checking a few things off our reading lists. 

Then Again, the autobiography of the amazing Diane Keaton.  Recently I read an excerpt in Vogue, in which Keaton talks about her childhood, her first steps into acting, and that fateful meeting with Woody Allen:   “I was in love with him before I knew him. […] it was his manner that got me, his way of gesturing, his hands, his coughing and looking down in a self-deprecating way […].” Her sense of humor, her style, and her cool collected-ness are the reason she’s my top “person to have coffee with.” So this Christmas, I’ll be doing just that. Alternating that with some Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone issues, of course.” – Radina Papukchieva

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“I’ve been so busy with school that I have a stack of National Geographic to catch up on. As for books, I just might FINALLY finish that epic tome by Edward Rutherfurd called Dublin which I’ve been trying to finish for almost two years now. The story follows the bloodline of an Irish family through the generations, beginning in the year 430 AD and ending in the late 16th century. The novel is beautifully written and paints the evolution of the Irish landscape’s change through time as though you are there watching it.” – Owen Nagels
“My neglected issues of Vanity Fair (including the Special Edition: “Scandals, Sex, and Obsession” issue), as well as a few books I’ve been meaning to get to. Two hefty, French-inspired novels: Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables (in English), and Caroline Weber’s Queen of Fashion: What Marie-Antoinette Wore to the French Revolution (based on the life and wardrobe of the love-me-or-hate-me queen). Then, two highly anticipated autobiographies: Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Nora Ephron’s I Remember Nothing. I’m hoping these two fabulous women’s genius will somehow rub off on me. Realistic, right?” – Sophia Loffreda


“At the recommendation of one of my professors, I’m kicking off the holiday break with some philosophical reading. Dangerous Emotions is an existential text by American phenomenologist and world traveler Alphonso Lingis. Originally published in 2000, it comprises Lingis’ personal reflections on the many places he has lived in, including Easter Island, Japan, Java and Brazil. Celebrated for his dauntless style of questioning, Lingis guides the reader through an examination of human anxiety and our relationship to violence, crime and death. In so doing, he carves out a space for exhilaration to emerge from a breakdown of human reason, challenging cultural theorists and philosophers to reconsider their assumptions about the dark side of emotion.” – Sophia Trozzo

The Help. I still haven’t seen the film, but I always like to read books after they’ve been adapted for the big screen. It takes the burden of imagining what the characters look like from me. Now I know: Skeeter looks like Emma Stone, Aibileen is Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer is Minny, etc. I have a lazy imagination when it comes to books, sue me. If Kathryn Stockett’s book doesn’t keep me captivated, back issues of Wired,Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair and Time have been piling up at my bedside.” – Chris Hanna

The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson has been staring me in the face for over a month and over the holidays I will finally be able to crack the spine. I’ve always been a really big Thompson fan, particularly his way of making things up. As a journalist Thompson may have been committing a cardinal sin by adding in his own details, but in doing this he gave you a sense of how he felt (as well as what he heard, smelled and saw) while witnessing a given situation. I’ve seen the movie, and as beautiful as Johnny Depp is, I’m more excited for the book.” – Bianca Puorto


About The Cafe Phenomenon

"The Cafe Phenomenon" refers to a situation, specifically in a cafe, where you are sitting with a friend and engaging in conversation with them, but you suddenly find yourself unable to listen because the background noise of the cafe distracts you from what they are saying (the background noise could be any thing: the gossip at the next table for example). It happens that, from time to time, in certain contexts the background noise is stronger and more defined than our personal and private one on one conversations. Our blog, made up of a group of friends from Concordia's journalism program, can serve as the background noise penetrating the intimate discussions of our virtual cafe dwellers (hopefully adding insight, relevant coverage, and interesting ideas). Or it can be the friend with whom you are deep in conversation. This, our dear readers, we leave to you.

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