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January 20, 2010- L. I. Iles Book Reading

By Brie Vuagniaux

Larry Iles is a common character on campus as a well-known intellectually interactive and leftist force. Simply say “Hello” to Iles and you will likely be off to the races discussing Kirksville and international political agendas regarding the environment, women, and animals— basically any group that is under-voiced in the political ring. Iles has just published his first novel titled: The Progressive Left Centre Animal Lover Legacy.

Iles’ novel spotlights animal activists George Greenwood and Vera Terrington in their battle in the 1920s British parliament against animal cruelty. Among their accomplishments, Terrington investigated the horrific state of the popular British circus and discovered the performing animals being routinely mutilated, as the circus women were simultaneously sexually exploited. Larry trumpeted, “…children shouldn’t be made to laugh at animals doing strange things…”, as he connected the normalizing of this behavior to the demoralizing of both humans and animals in British society.

The Progressive Left Centre Animal Lover Legacy directs our attention to the state of animals, and further, shows its reader how our treatment of the natural world affects human-to-human relations.  Can anyone say Eco-feminism? Like, if you mutilate an elephant, you hold less regard for life in general and will be more likely to abuse members of our species. This book relays the strong message to being more inclusive towards our marginalized members and towards other species, and to do this in the political arenas, where the battle against commercial interests is a hard one indeed.

Copies of The Progressive Left Centre Animal Lover Legacy can be found at Hastings, Hidden Treasures, on Iles’ person. Copies exist in the Truman Library as well. In reading this book one can take notes on how-to think like an activist by transforming sensitivity into action.

 

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TV Spotlight: Roommates

Review by | Howard Canard

It is important to state that this was written originally in early March, a full 2 weeks before the show actually premiered.  It was absolutely dreadful, my hopes were dashed, though not particularly surprisingly.  C’est la vie.

Once in a while a show comes along that makes you rethink the boundaries between fantasy and reality.  Between idealism and realism.  Between morality and impropriety.  Between what exults and what man hides.  This review is over a show that won’t touch any of these things.  Today I will review the as yet unpremiered “Roommates” on ABC Family.  May you live forever, M. Dalton. Continue reading

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TV Spotlight: Life On Mars

Life On MarsReview by | Howard Canard

You mean Howard decided to review a show that is less than a year old? How novel.

Life on Mars is, in fact, not a new show. Devotees will recall this show was originally made in England in 2004ish. The premise is kind of a good one: detective Sam Tyler gets hit by a car and is somehow transported back into 1973. He must figure out how he got there and how to get back, all while helping the local police department solve crimes. The title is taken from the David Bowie track if that is any indication that the main modus operandi of the series is to emulate the feelings and environments of the 1970s. Not to mention the 80s spin-off Ashes to Ashes. I only wish I were joking. Continue reading

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TV Spotlight: Playing catch up

ScrubsReview by | Howard Canard

Everything’s been just fine, thanks for asking. I got some new shoes the other day and I am liking them a lot. There are a lot of things to talk about so shut the hell up and read.

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Movie Spotlight: Twilight Video Review

Noted media critic Howard Canard (from the Monitor’s TV spotlight with Howard Canard) reviews the new vampire romance flick with guests Harry and Ryan. Plus a sneak peek of what we have in store for the Monitor next semester.

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TV Spotlight: Election Night coverage

Review by | Howard L. Canard

I watched the presidential election with baited breath, hoping to savor every morsel of such an auspicious event.  Were the American people going to alienate every man, woman, and other country in the world by selecting a spectre of the past eight years, or will they hobble themselves by going in with a man whose resume is slightly larger than my own?  Anderson Cooper decided to mark this landmark election by introducing a hologram of will.i.am, and I decided that national politics had become a sporting event and that there was probably something better on.  Fortunately, TLC has new episodes of one of its finest shows, What Not to Wear. Continue reading

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TV Spotlight: The Suite Life of Zach and Cody

Review by | Howard L. Canard

Here we go. I make no apologies if I offend your sensibilities, but I have to go right out and say it: if you do not like The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, on a non-ironic level, you are an insecure loser who has no business watching television.

I hope I have your attention. The Suite Life is this sitcom on the Disney Channel which features the talents of its twin stars, Cole and Dylan Sprouse as Cody and Zach respectively, as they raise hell living in a five star hotel in Boston Massachusetts. Continue reading

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Cline Has Excellent Opinion: 3 Thumbs Up

Review by | John McDonough

It was to my great delight when editors of The Monitor approached me about reviewing Mr. Franklin K.R. Cline’s newest work for the magazine. Although I felt their praise regarding my letter a tad sycophantic, Ms. Burson’s pitifully pouty lips left me little choice. Fortunately, Mr. Cline’s dazzling opinion-piece proved more than worthy of my modest talent.

To begin, the humbleness and grace that Mr. Cline displays is truly remarkable for such an enormous talent. Taking the time to thank his benefactors is the type of classy gesture that readers should be used to by now. However, he proves himself to be amongst our most vital and lively commentators by taking to task the very hand that feeds him. Continue reading

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Excursions On A Wobbly Rail: Dressy Bessy visits Kirksville, the Beatles sellout, and more Killers madness

Column by | Harry Burson

Condolences to everyone who missed Dressy Bessy show at Wrongdaddy’s on Saturday – you missed a hell of a show. Kirksville Rocks (if you still don’t know, check out kvrocks.com) put on a great concert featuring the Melismatics from Minneapolis and the Poison Control Center from Iowa.

I missed much of the Melismatics’ set as I drunkenly talked to Devin, the guitarist from the Poison Control Center. Sort of a cuter Thurston Moore type, he had impressed me most with his ability to maintain an uncannily calm face while playing guitar with his feet in the air. Continue reading

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TV Spotlight: Californication

Review by | Howard Canard

So there’s this show on Showtime – I don’t know if you heard about it before, but I just started watching it, and MAN it is the shit. I guess it’s been out a little while, but daaaang there is some hot stuff in it. I mean, the title sounds like that Chili Peppers song (awesome by the way!) and I’m pretty sure it’s one of those things that’s like a double meaning. California + fornication = Californication. It’s better than Weeds (seasons 2-4 definitely) and that lame-ass call girl show. Not Dexter, though – that show is choice. Continue reading

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D and D: 4.0 or hells no?

Review by | James Ginns

Currently, players and dungeon masters of Dungeons and Dragons face an important decision with advent of the new 4.0 edition. Do I hoard my 3.0/3.5 books or embrace the new system? While not the world’s biggest fan of D and D, I am interesting in role playing games and wanted to give perspective players a glimpse of the new system. Continue reading

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TV Spotlight: Burn Notice

Review by | Howard Canard

You probably don’t watch enough TV.  You probably don’t even want to try out new shows, because ‘TV is garbage these days.’  Well, my friend, you should be ashamed of yourself.  Not watching unhealthy amounts of TV is un-American.  Sarah Palin watches 6 hours of TV a day and look how far it took her. Continue reading

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Chen’s Palace Restaurant Review: for Vegetarians and Omnivores

review by | Daniel Curtis, vegetarian

One of my favorite places to eat in high school was a Chinese buffet.  The combination of a cheap smorgasbord of unfamiliar flavors with the excitement and mystery of a fortune at the end of the meal (which inevitably everyone involved would add “in bed” to the end) made for casual dining suited to groups of obnoxiously loud teenagers talking about concerts, high school sports, and other pressing matters. Continue reading

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The End to Boredom: Morton’s List Game Review

review by | James Ginns

The game Morton’s List (by Dark Carnival Games) proclaims itself to be the cure to boredom itself. It does not have many rules: the bulk of the book is a series of lists of activities one could engage in. It can accommodate as many players as the situation demands, but is best played with a large group. When the game begins the players join a pact called the Inner Circle. The game begins with players dicing off for the position of table master. The table master than rolls a 30-sided die, known as Morton’s Boulder, and follows a set of lists until a specific task is selected. Unless there are serious objections, the Inner Circle agrees to do whatever activity they’ve rolled for at least an hour under the supervision of the table master. These are the basic rules. Continue reading

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