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“Well, if I can’t be happy, I can be useful, perhaps.” — Louisa May Alcott

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Meg, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden. “That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the … Continue reading

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“Some syllables are swords.” — Metaphysical poet Henry Vaughan

”I’ve always been much influenced by the 17th-century metaphysical poets like Donne, and especially Henry Vaughan.” — Philip K. Dick It’s Henry Vaughan’s birthday today. I was just thinking the other day about how I encountered certain famous writers in … Continue reading

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January/February/March 2021 Viewing Diary

Better late than never. I moved at the end of January – a big interstate move – so I’ve been a bit, how you say, busy. Not too busy to keep up my viewing schedule but too busy to put … Continue reading

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Tomboys: Supporting evidence

Since I reference all of these great tomboys in culture in my recent article for Film Comment, I thought I’d provide the results of my research. This was a fun one. My main focus was on Candleshoe. Paper Moon was … Continue reading

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For Film Comment: 1970s Tomboy Movies

Yet another topic years in the percolating: On the great “tomboy films” of the 1970s. I feel so fortunate I grew up in an era where “scrappy tomboy” was the dominant model for little-girlhood. It was a brief era, but … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Meg, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden. “That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Louisa May Alcott!

“November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year,” said Meg, standing at the window one dull afternoon, looking out at the frostbitten garden. “That’s the reason I was born in it,” observed Jo pensively, quite unconscious of the … Continue reading

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The Books: “Little Women” (Louisa May Alcott)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is next on the shelf. The book doesn’t even need an introduction. My only issue here is: what excerpt to pick??? I flipped thru it just now and each and … Continue reading

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Important Childhood Books

List 5 books that played an important role in your childhood and explain why Dan tagged me! Eons ago and I’m just getting it now because my trackback functionality basically doesn’t exist. And to everyone out there – consider yourself … Continue reading

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In Praise of Laurie

From Little Women. Yeah. I had a crush on him too. My God, how I resented Jo falling for the stupid tender-eyed German professor with his dumb-ass poetry and his boring umbrella. I just hated the thought of Laurie – … Continue reading

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