Monthly Archives: February 2013

Pre-Reading Notes on King Lear (by Bethany)

We’ve already told you about the time the human cruelty in Light in August made Fr. Murphy throw up. Now I’m going to tell you about the time Fr. Murphy got angry because the human cruelty in King Lear DIDN’T … Continue reading

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Pre-Reading Thoughts on Shakespeare’s King Lear, February’s AP English Challenge. Yes, I’m posting this before finishing my The Portrait of a Lady review. (by Jill)

I read King Lear once in college and I actually remember the gist of the plot and the names of many of the characters, which is more than I can say about the first Shakespeare play we read for the … Continue reading

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My Review of Christopher Moore’s Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal (by Jill)

After many weeks of reading books by esteemed authors, many long dead, about subjects as diverse and often dismal (but beautifully written) as the collapse of families and marriages, Norweigan ladies who like to play with guns, and swamp-bound, incestuous … Continue reading

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Hulga, C’est Moi: Thoughts on Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” (by Bethany)

A long time ago – I was in the seventh grade, I think – I was a part of a group of students clustered around our art teacher’s messy desk. Everyone was talking at once. I don’t remember what I … Continue reading

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Yarn Along (by Bethany)

It’s Wednesday and time for Yarn Along, which is hosted by Ginny on her blog Small Things. This is half a sock. A third of a sock, really. It’s on top of a book, which is on top of a … Continue reading

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Just Insert “Portrait of a Lady” for “Peter Rabbit”

You could insert One Hundred Years of Solitude as well, but that’s a long story. I’m everyone but Lucy. At a hundred words, I haven’t even cleared my throat yet. Or mentioned my cat.

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I finished The Portrait of a Lady a few days ago and would really love to be working on my final post. But, you see, my cat Maxwell is busy using it as a pillow. So I can’t because we … Continue reading

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Yarn Along (by Bethany)

Look at all those colors! Here’s my color-block sweater in its final moments before I start to piece it. It’s true that the front and the red sleeve are still on needles, but I only have a few rows to … Continue reading

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The A.P. English Challenge Eats Crow: Thoughts on Part I of The Portrait of a Lady (by Bethany)

Every so often it is necessary to admit that the grownups are right. I don’t want to, of course. I would much rather live in a Roald Dahl novel, where grownups are a dysfunctional bunch of lying, swearing pinheads and … Continue reading

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A Review of Charlaine Harris’ Shakespeare’s Landlord (by Bethany)

Jill was very surprised that I read this book. She has read some of Charlaine Harris’ other books as part of her general vampire fascination and doesn’t think very highly of them. But there’s something that you have to understand: … Continue reading

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