Books mentioned in this post: Muriel Spark – The Comforters Muriel Spark – Robinson Muriel Spark – Memento Mori AJ Finn – The Woman in the Window Peter Manseau – The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost Michael Wolff – Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White… Read More My generally crappy week in review: reading and other complaints
It’s a real problem for the reading and book tracking obsessed: must you add books half-finished at the end of 2017 to that year’s tally (post-mortem, as it were), even if you don’t finish them until 2018, or is it morally justified migrating them to first reads of 2018? My Code of Ethics Regarding… Read More Reading at the tail end of 2017: Ethical dilemmas thereof, and the future of my blog
Come with me as I bounce 'round the Internet, from blog to book, to book site to who knows where! Start: Geranium Cat's Bookshelf I have no idea why but I've had this blog on a tab at the top of my screen for days now. I must have been searching for something… Read More Blog Hopping on a Fine Saturday Afternoon
My hands were itching to talk books with you all week but my wishes were thwarted due to a Typepad glitch. Seems the goodly blogging platform had quite a taste for all things Bluestalking. Not only would it not let me save new posts, it ate the last two I wrote as well and of… Read More Bleak House, Various and sundry.
I fell behind. The wagon hit a bump in the road and I fell off. I was trampled by the horses, scraped off the street and tossed onto the sidewalk. Yesterday was November 30, 2011. In order for me to have finished NaNoWriMo I would have had to write something along the lines of 30,000… Read More NaNo…. NoNo
Could this sweet face be that of the original for Estella? After finishing Johnson’s chapter on Dickens’s ultimately heartbreaking relationship with Maria Beadnell I find myself asking that question. Charles Dickens met Maria Beadnell when he was 17 years old. He got along famously with Maria’s family from the start. He and all the Beadnell… Read More Edgar Johnson on Charles Dickens: Maria Beadnell
Paperback: 688 pages Publisher: Penguin Classics (February 1, 1998) Language: English ISBN-10: 0140435808 ISBN-13: 978-0140435801 Before Dickens was a novelist he was, hold onto your bonnets, a reporter with a truly masterful grasp of shorthand. (Okay, not really surprising OR earth-shattering. I’m just having a very slow day and am looking for any bit of… Read More More Edgar Johnson on Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens: His Tragedies and Triumphs by Edgar Johnson When Charles Dickens was a young boy, as the story goes, he and his father strolled past a house called Gads Hill Place. The young Charles was smitten by the house, and longed to one day live in it. His father, John Dickens, told him if… Read More Edgar Johnson on Charles Dickens