Monthly Archives: January 2013

Yarn Along (by Bethany)

Remember when I said that I had decided against a color-block design for the sweater I’m working on? Well, I changed my mind again. I had planned on working some stripes into the front of the sweater as well as … Continue reading

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A Review of Richard Yates’ Cold Spring Harbor (by Bethany)

Can any writer, in the world since 1925, write a novel set on Long Island in which automobiles play a significant role and not prompt a comparison with The Great Gatsby? This question was on my mind by page 2 … Continue reading

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Putting the “fun” back in dysfunctional: Jill’s review of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Bethany suggested last month that we take a literary field trip to Eugene O’Neill’s country home outside Danville.  I thought that sounded like a great idea, and not only because there’s a really good independent bookstore in Danville I’ve been … Continue reading

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Yarn Along (by Bethany)

I’ve made some good progress on my colorblock sweater this week. I finished the back, which will be navy blue, and I’ve just knit a few rows on the front, which is kind of a sea-foam green. I may decide … Continue reading

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The most dreaded month in AP English Challenge history: pre-reading notes on The Portrait of a Lady (by Jill)

If I were to take a picture of the binding of my copy of The Portrait of a Lady you would see that the white marks stop right around page 234, where I put in a bookmark (with unicorns on … Continue reading

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January 16th, 1994

Here’s a picture of Bethany and me, celebrating her eighteenth birthday the way we celebrated a lot of birthdays in the early nineties: at Mel’s on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco. Happy birthday, my dear friend and co-blogger! Hopefully no … Continue reading

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Yarn Along (the 37th birthday edition – by Bethany)

WHOOPS! Let’s try that again: Whew. Much better. I just couldn’t show you another picture of the green sweater. I haven’t been knitting much lately (although I do keep my weekly date with Downton Abbey on Sunday nights, which tends … Continue reading

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In which I try to unravel the puzzle that is John Brandon’s A Million Heavens (by Jill)

This is another Indiespensible selection from Powell’s Books.  I wanted to love this book, and a part of me did.  It’s got things that I tend to love: multiple points of view, short chapters, and some magical realism thrown in … Continue reading

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AP English Challenge: Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, at long last (by Jill)

Hedda Gabler is one of those evil but interesting characters we like to talk about here on Postcards from Purgatory.  And along with being kind of evil, Hedda has a bonus streak of crazy.  The crazy ones are the best … Continue reading

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A Tortoise Finishes Middlemarch (by Bethany)

I posted my thoughts on the first half of Middlemarch a LONG time ago, so if you’re looking for a refresher, feel free to check them out here. This earlier post also describes the process by which I decided to … Continue reading

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