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Dear Friends, I’ve been reading Margaret Atwood’s poetry and essays on and off for some years now; a few years ago, I read her historical novel (Booker Prize type), Alias Grace, and now this past month, managed her remarkable women’s novel of girlhood and growing up, Cat’s Eye.  I have no patience for science fiction or […]

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Elizabeth Moss as Offred (Handmaid’s Tale, 2016, “created” by Bruce Miller, director Reed Morano Friends, It may be that nothing could be fundamentally further in mood (dystopian horror) and genre (fantasy gothic or science fiction) from a Jane Austen novel, or any of the film adaptations (except perhaps P&P and Zombies: The Violent Turn) than […]

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….. from abbeys and castles, in which, though certainly larger than Northanger, all the dirty work of the house was to be done by two pair of female hands at the utmost. How they could get through it all had often amazed Mrs. Allen …. (NA, 2:8) Dear friends and readers, In the last week and […]

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Early still of Clare turning away from vase in window, Inverness, Halloween, evening (Outlander S1Ep1) I’ll do it online from OLLI at George Mason: Our foundational books will be Maria Tatar’s, The Heroine with 1001 Faces, and Maureen Murdock’s The Heroine’s Journey. The class will read as a pair Margaret Atwood’s Penelopiad and Liz Lochhead’s […]

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An enchanting ironic romance occurring in Tuscany This is the cover of the audio book Bernini’s Daphne and Apollo in the Galleria Borghese in Rome — to which our heroine, Lucy Stark, comes, is riveted by & comments on An enchanting ironic romance occurring in Tuscany Dear friends and readers, While I have for a […]

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Summer Syllabus For a course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at American University Tuesdays, 1:45 to 3:15 am, June 7 – June 28 4 sessions In person, 4801 Massachusetts Ave, NW, DC Dr Ellen Moody Description of Course: 1610: Retelling Traditional History & Tales from an Alternative POV We will read two books which […]

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For a course at the Oscher LifeLong Learning Institute at George Mason University Days: Wednesday mornings, 9:40 to 11:05 am, Jan 26 to Feb 16 4 sessions online, zoom meeting style (location of building: 4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, Virginia) 22032 Dr Ellen Moody Description of Course: F407 is Retelling Traditional History & Tales from an […]

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Dahlia Ravikovitch 1997 photograph (1936-2005) A tweet I read tonight on twitter: “Tonight I put the kids to sleep in our bedroom. So that when we die, we die together and no one would live to mourn the loss of one another” Eman Basher @sometimes Pooh.” This reminded me of what I was told of […]

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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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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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