Writers on Writing: black teeth vs everlite candles, or research vs experience

Most people have heard of Lord Chesterfield’s Letters to his Son. I lucked into either first editions or copies published not long after, which had obviously sat on someone’s shelf for two centuries before being dumped on a used bookseller, … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Islamic Science & the Renaissance

A dear friend and colleague on another blog site at which I am a founding member (Common Ground Group) has started a series on Islamic contributions to civilization. Given the fact that this is Banned Books week and the recent … Continue reading

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The Romance of the Regency: Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Silver Fork Novels

I discovered Georgette Heyer in high school, after reading an entire issue of the fanzine Niekas devoted to it, somewhere around 1967-8. At that time I hadn’t yet read Jane Austen, though I’d loved historical novels ever since I checked … Continue reading

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