In Praise of the Try-Hards: ‘The Other Bennet Sister’

It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone is the protagonist of their own story. (And also that any writing about Pride and Prejudice must re-create a version of its famous first line.) Shortly after writing my post of "unanswerable questions" and "roguish speculations" about Pride and Prejudice, wherein I shared my sympathy for poor, … Continue reading In Praise of the Try-Hards: ‘The Other Bennet Sister’

Quick Lit: ‘Leave the World Behind’ and ‘Sh*t, Actually’

A few years ago I started using the library to check out books again in earnest, realizing that my budget couldn't really keep up with my appetite plus recognizing that my shelves were filling up with books I had no intention of reading again. And I discovered that checking out books from the library is … Continue reading Quick Lit: ‘Leave the World Behind’ and ‘Sh*t, Actually’

Rosemary and Pansies, Remembrance and Thoughts: Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘Hamnet’

"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. And there is pansies. That's for thoughts."—Ophelia, Hamlet, act IV, scene V. There is something remarkable in the state of Stratford, at least as rendered in Maggie O'Farrell's Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague. Something I turn over and over, like an array of items rising … Continue reading Rosemary and Pansies, Remembrance and Thoughts: Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘Hamnet’

Going off Book: Inauguration Fashion and Bernie’s Mittens Memes

I promise this is not going to become a blog of "Sarah's random thoughts about miscellaneous things." It is, primarily, a blog devoted to books and the reading life. And I've been reading things. Great things. Stephen Graham Jones' The Only Good Indians blew my mind. It's super fun and scary and you should read … Continue reading Going off Book: Inauguration Fashion and Bernie’s Mittens Memes