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November 3, 2014

Dear friend,

When Victorianists party they party like it is 1847. No, but seriously. Look:10712744_10203285148109372_1483623819890750599_n

That’s Charles Darwin, Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester, Miss Havisham, and a charming Oriental rug someone apparently just shot. Or William Blake’s Tyger, Tyger burning bright (but don’t tell her that). And this was Halloween. There was the bromance that never was: Freud and Darwin…16113_10203285153229500_3911115029277393240_nDarwin and his cats… just go with it. 10404492_10203276812020975_1197757689808479672_nCome to think of it that might be Hemingway and his cats. Anyway, first Halloween was a Victorian extravaganza. With some cats. Second Halloween was a little more varied, costume-wise. 10517473_10204120849794925_882735551528779596_nBut ultimately still extremely literary. What can I say? Every lit major has to be Daisy Buchanan at least once a year.10615545_10203282715728564_6116740326876093194_nI am going to petition the world for at least one more Halloweekend a year. I didn’t even get to wear my velvet cloak for this one. I hope you all had equally fantastic Halloweens and will have a very good Guy Fawkes day (start setting up those dominoes now. It takes forever) Happy Monday!

School Books

September 29, 2014

Dear Reader,

This term I have found myself doing what I always do in an English Masters program. Namely, reading a whole lot. But something feels different about this term. Maybe it is the apple cider I bought yesterday that’s making me loopy but I have been massively enjoying all the reading I have been assigned so far. Which, even though it is not yet October, is about seven books and a whole lot of critical articles. So just in case you are interested in picking up some amazing and edifying books, here has been my reading list so far, which I have helpfully ranked for you.

To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf: This book is a great introduction to Woolf if you’ve never read her and contains some of the most beautiful and calming prose I have ever read. It is also a very quick read that will make you feel contemplative and healthy, like you’ve just taken a literary vitamin.School Books- The Person I Am Tonight

Degas in New Orleans by Christopher Benfey: This book is a nonfictional exploration of Edgar Degas’ visit to New Orleans in the years after the Civil War. In looking at Degas and his family, Benfey is able to give an really interesting portrait of postbellum New Orleans that was full of weird stories and windows into the city.School Books- The Person I Am Tonight

Three Lives by Gertrude Stein: Also a great introduction to an occasionally difficult writer, Three Lives is Stein’s portrait of three separate working women, The Good Anna, Melanctha, and The Gentle Lena. The prose is weird and beautiful and the read also goes pretty quickly.School Books- The Person I Am Tonight

Independence Day by Richard Ford: This is the second book in a trilogy, so this recommendation is really for any of those three. The narrator in this book is often hard to take because he is kind of an ass. But he is also one of the most fully realized characters I’ve ever kept company with. I felt like I could reach through the page and slap him, and that made it massively worth reading.School Books- The Person I Am Tonight

A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway: Ah Hemingway. What can we say about him? I had never read this particular Hemingway novel and I came away very glad that I was finally familiar with it. It isn’t a happy read by any means but the terse prose (which I read in my head in Corey Stoll’s voice) blooms with sentiment at unexpected moments and yet never runs away from its writer. I also just realized Hemingway from Midnight in Paris and Peter Russo from House of Cards are the same person. Mind blown. Having hair makes a big difference in me being able to recognize people apparently. School Books- The Person I Am Tonight