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The Reluctant Traveler: du Maurier vs Bronte

We’re talking about Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Two naïve young women come to live in lavish English houses owned by older men with secrets. One, a dead wife, and one a living wife who is insane. It’s the same story. … Continue reading

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Unsucking the Classics

I got into yet another of those conversations about how Books Were Ruined By School. Various classics got mentioned, to universal groans or sick faces. There’s always a certain comfort in solidarity-suffering. So you had to read Of Mice and … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Insults

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Content note: by dint of the subject matter, this post is going to contain a number of offensive words. You can learn a lot about a society by looking at … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: Heirloom Roses

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I met a group of friends for dinner recently, during which some contraband changed hands. “I’ve brought the items I emailed you about,” the true gardener among us said to me. “They’re out in the car. The newspaper’s damp–they’ll be … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer Hikes to Teddy Bear Cove

The past couple of weeks, our far corner of the Pacific Northwest has enjoyed “blistering” highs in the upper 70s and even flirting with the upper 80s (sorry, friends who are baking in real heat waves), which calls for some … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Gestures of Contempt

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Last month we talked a lot about etiquette and how different cultures convey respect, or at least convey the expectation that respect will be given. But sometimes, what you really … Continue reading

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The Language Attic: Propinquity

by Brenda W. Clough ‘Propinquity’ is one of the first words I recall reading in which I could see myself inferring the meaning from the surrounding text. I first ran into it in Rumer Godden’s delightful novel In This House … Continue reading

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A Bandalore by Any Other Name

It is a truth universally acknowledged that historical research is probably the most fun you can have with your corset on. I was doing research on Eton in the early nineteenth century a week or so ago, and was on … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Worldbuilding as a Habit of Thought

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) One of the funding milestones for this Patreon is a fifth essay in the months that have five Fridays. Since we cleared that milestone right off the bat (woot!), here’s … Continue reading

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