A blog by Maddie Brady

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4 Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies to Watch This Weekend

4 Guilty Pleasure Christmas Movies to Watch This Weekend

I’m such a guilty pleasure pop culture junky and I make no exception at Christmas. There are so many awesomely bad Christmas specials out in the world and nothing makes me happier than a totally cringe-worthy celeb-filled holiday TV nightmare and God bless that we […]

What’s on Your Human Reading List?

What’s on Your Human Reading List?

A few weeks ago, my mom and I went to the Art Institute of Chicago for a little field trip. We dropped into Cauleen Smith’s exhibit Human_3.0 Reading List while we were there and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. In the exhibit, Smith offers a […]

Some Great Local Organizations to Donate to Right Now

Some Great Local Organizations to Donate to Right Now

With everything going on over the last couple of weeks – Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the earthquake in Mexico City, another hurricane in Puerto Rico – I wanted to share a few organizations bringing some much needed good to the world. One of my goals […]

Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Book Review: Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Like many of the books I read, my mom gave me the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes on a trip home earlier this year. I had seen a few of Rhimes’ shows – I followed Scandal pretty closely in college until it got too […]

Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Book Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Just a heads up: this post has major spoilers in it and talks about domestic violence, so read no further if this isn’t for you. This book took me by surprise. I bought it on a whim after a big glass of wine at the […]

Book Review: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Book Review: Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

Genre: Fiction Summary: Beach read about rich hipsters in Brooklyn. Not a lot happens. But like in a good way? Pair with: A sun hat and a cold corona. I’ve been seeing Emma Straub everywhere! Her book, The Vacationers, was the book of the summer […]

5 Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

5 Podcasts I’m Loving Right Now

I’m a big podcast fan – I’m always listening to them at lunch or in the car – and with a lot of driving back and forth between Madison and Chicago I’ve been going through a lot of them. I love both storytelling and conversation […]

9 Tips for Writing Your Thesis

9 Tips for Writing Your Thesis

Over the summer, I wrote my master’s dissertation and, oh boy, was it tough. Writing a 16,000 word paper is one thing, but to do it basically on your own was certainly another. I’ve always struggled with setting my own deadlines and sticking to them, so […]

Dublin’s Gay Pride Parade

This past Saturday we celebrated Pride here in Dublin and, let me say, I have never seen the city quite like this. Some have described it as “Paddy’s Day without the tourists” and I don’t think that’s too far off – it felt like the […]