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Watteau, The Serenade Day 8/10 of books that influenced me, had a discernible impact. (For Day 7/10, Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale). When I was around 17 or 18 years old, I was in a used bookstore in Manhattan called the Argosy. It was on 59th Street, near the corner of Lexington Avenue. How I got there […]

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Wynona Ryder as Jo coming with accepted manuscript to Gabriel Bryne as Prof Bauer (1996 LW, directed Gillian Armstrong, my favorite of all the LW movies A thumbnail of the pair (hurt badly by the ugly insistence on ownership by a website) Friends and readers, Day 6/10 of books that influenced me, had a discernible […]

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Hattie McDaniel, Olivia de Havilland and Vivien Leigh 1939 in Gone with the Wind Diary Friends, Day 5/10 of books that influenced me (growing up lasts a long time), that had a discernible impact. Again for me this is problematic. Between the ages of 13 and 15 I read and reread four books to the […]

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This hangs in the Colonna palace and is the only authentic portrait of Vittoria Colonna Friends and readers, For my third book of a 10 book list on what book influenced me most strongly or had some large impact on me: Suzanne Therault’s Un cenacle humanist de la Renaissance autour Vittoria Colonna, chatelaine d’Ischia. I […]

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Anna (Hermione Norris) reading Clarissa’s letter telling Anna of her desperate need for some shelter as she’s pressured intensely to marry Mr Solmes (BBC/WBGH Clarissa, 1991) Friends and readers, I’m carrying on for the second day. For my second book of a 10 book list on what book influenced me most strongly — or, to […]

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Hattie Morahan, near the end of S&S thinking that Edward is married, and will never come to her, enduring it, my Elinor Dashwood I’m joining in on a meme on face-book where people ask and answer, What 10 books influenced you more than any others in your life? then you are to put its cover […]

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Werefkin, Woman with Lantern (1912) Dear friends and readers, A variation on the 10 important books to you that made the rounds, only absurdly obtuse. On Women Writers across the Ages one of members noticed one of the year-round-up lists which purported to list the 10 serious important books of the 20th century, presumably of […]

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Hattie Morahan as Elinor Dashwood (near close of Davies’s 2008 film of S&S) There is a comfort in the strength of love; ‘Twill make a thing endurable, which else Would break the heart … Wordsworth, Michael Friends and readers, There’s been a meme on face-book asking people to cite 10 books that they never forgot, […]

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Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) threatening Offred (Elisabeth Moss): why so repulsive and terrifying Sometimes (sadly) it seems Austen is the only writer among some of my favorites whom I’ve not gotten to. This fall I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood (oh yes again!), her Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments, a supposed and part-sequel to the Handmaid’s […]

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Mapping Tom’s Journey Friends and readers, I bring together in one place my essay-blogs on the extraordinary learning journey I took with a group of older retired people at the Oscher Institute of Life-long Learning (attached to American University in DC) when we read and discussed Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. I was asked by a […]

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