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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Check It Off — Lord Jim

Back-to-back classics. I just read Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim for the first time. It’s been sitting on the shelf lo these many years, reputedly one of John’s favorite books, and I finally took it down to read. I wonder if it’s as frequently assigned in high school as it used to be. It’s quite a […]

Pride and Prejudice and BPD

My book group just discussed Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and since then I’ve been pondering what seems to me to be one of its themes. Austen intends for us, by the end of the book,┬áto like Elizabeth and Darcy, the protagonists, very much. In part, they’re so likeable because they can reflect on their […]

“Women Hold Up Half the Sky” (a Chinese Proverb)

It appears that more girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century. When I read this line aloud to my husband, he looked up and said, “What? Say that again.” When I repeated it, he said, “That […]