Monthly Archives: February 2016

Thoughts on Act I of The Merchant of Venice

The next play being “covered” by a contemporary author in the Hogarth Shakespeare series is The Merchant of Venice. Howard Jacobson’s adaptation, called Shylock is My Name, was released last week, and I’m looking forward to reading it soon. And … Continue reading

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Progress Report on David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks (by Jill)

  Yesterday was a very productive reading day. And I even finished the laundry, and got the dogs walked, and enjoyed a downpour during said walk. I wish I were retired sometimes. I’d get so much more done if I … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

The lollipop is looking more and more like a baby blanket every day, though I am disappointed by the hearts. I ripped these rows out so many times to figure out what I was doing wrong with the top curves … Continue reading

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Well it’s Tuesday….

And once again my “reading days” (that’s what I just now decided to call the days of the week when I am not responsible for adding new content to our blog) have passed and I find myself sitting in front … Continue reading

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Sad News

Today at Postcards from Purgatory, our thoughts are with this guy, who announced to his social media contacts this morning that he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He says that he plans to fight it and I have no … Continue reading

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For Valentine’s Day: Some Not-So-Young Lovers

Yesterday I finished the full first draft of a novel I’ve been working on for about a year and a half. Last year I posted an excerpt in honor of Mother’s Day, and today I thought it only fitting to … Continue reading

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Lack of Progress on The Bone Clocks & Saturday Night at the Movies (by Jill)

Do you guys remember those posts I wrote last year about things I was doing while I was supposed to be reading Richard Powers’ Orfeo? I have a bad feeling I’m going to be writing another series of those while … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on DeLillo’s End Zone (by Bethany)

I won’t be reading all day today, but that’s okay. Life is allowed to intrude on reading sometimes. Reviewing a Don DeLillo novel – even a sort of embryonic, proto-DeLillo novel like End Zone – is a daunting task. For … Continue reading

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Brief Update on David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks (by Jill)

  I did not make as much progress on The Bone Clocks over the past two days as I wanted to, but I think that with this book it might be better to proceed in a slow and steady manner … Continue reading

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Yarn Along

Back when this blanket was in its “fancy lollipop” stage, there were a few doubters out there who couldn’t imagine how the lollipop would ever transform into a blanket. It’s still more blob than blanket, but today I made a … Continue reading

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