Anya Seton’s The Winthrop Woman is two distinct kinds of wonderful. First, it’s a beautifully written book. Seton’s prose has a vaguely old-timey feel to it, like a replica pocket watch, but lacks any sense of artificiality or posturing. It’s accessible, but not necessarily easy. Elizabeth Fones/Winthrop/Feake/Hallet’s story is an interesting one, and Seton didn’t […]
I love Helena Bonham Carter. Her depth and range of talent are practically limitless; I don’t think I’ve ever seen her do anything I didn’t adore. Consider this GIF parade the blog equivalent of a fangirl love letter. Happy Monday!
There was never an instant I was reading Kindred, by Octavia Butler, when my brow wasn’t deeply furrowed in consternation or horror. Kindred introduces us to Dana, a black woman 1976 California, struggling to make a living as a writer. Her husband, Kevin, white and slightly older, has just published a novel. They have bought […]
I came up in the New History school of thought. More than one of my professors told me more than once, “I don’t care if you don’t know who was king of what when; that’s what Google is for.” (Except one prof – I was expected to know the date of the Norman invasion for […]
It’s almost Christmas! I’m sort of Grinchy about Christmas. I just don’t get into it. I don’t do the whole baby Jesus thing, so all that reason-for-the-season stuff is more irritating than inspiring. And since I’m not a kid myself, and don’t have kids, the whole Santa-and-presents thing just feels like a greedy grab for […]
I’m not even sure how I found Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel; it feels like a miracle. If a book must be about something, Station Eleven is about a group of people making its way through a post-apocalyptic world as a traveling symphony and Shakespearean acting troupe. Yet this description is inadequate to the […]
Texts From Jane Eyre is my new favorite book. In it, Mallory Ortberg takes the classics of literature – from ancient Greek myths to Shakespeare to Austen to Fitzgerald and even Dr. Seuss and Chuck Palahniuk – and reimagines the stories as told via text conversations between characters. She uses common texting abbreviations and slang, including misspellings […]
Last week, I wrote about how well-meaning platitudes about the uniqueness of individuals and exhortations to “stop labeling” others actually serves to derail our progress toward a more fair and just society. This morning, I read an amazing article by Brit Bennett (seriously, do yourself a favor and read it right now) that raised again a perennial […]
All my posts from this past week have been about heavy stuff. To reward you for your patience and attention – and in recognition of the fact that there hasn’t been a sexytimes post in quite a while – please enjoy these dudes’ abs.
In the usual course of life, it is only hindsight that shows us which of our decisions were the momentous ones. In the moment, we are simply living. You think then that you simply chose, say, to get a burrito for lunch because it had been an unbroken parade of leftovers for two weeks; you realize later that […]