What's Going On Here?

There are SO MANY wonderful book review blogs out there and I can't compete with them, that is for sure. So this is not a book review blog. This is just a way for me to organize what I have read so that I can be better at matching the right book to the right person. The blog title comes from the brilliant mind of the most talented woman who ever lived, Ms. Judy Garland. The full quote is, "Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else." That is what I hope to do here and in ever aspect of my life.

Monday, January 7, 2019


I guess that I just don't understand pornography's appeal to adults.  Teenagers, okay.  I mean, I can see why the curious minds and bodies would have an interest in finding out what intimacy is (NOT) like, but to me, porn and books like 50 Shades of Grey have absolutely zero appeal.  After listening to The Last Days of August I am even more anti-porn. The reason I am is because it dehumanizes people.  I know that some may argue to each their own, but personally and as a Christian, I can't support it because it seems to me that the industry and the product both deny (and certainly do NOT affirm) the beauty and the beloved nature of each Child of God.  Even the people in the industry who were interviewed for this book admit how terrible the life is and industry is.
That said, Jon Ronson does an excellent job investigating the suicide of August Ames, her real name Mercedes Grabowski.  The way in which he handled the whole thing just really, I don't know how to put it-- showed something about his character?  His heart?  Very well done.  Very sad. 

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