Forest of Arden? Forest of Arduous

February 25th, 2016

Moving to Edinburgh from St Andrews last fall has brought live theatre back into my life, and hence, air back to my lungs. I’ve seen more stage performances in these first 8 weeks of 2016 than in all of 2013 & 2014. But since moving to the UK, I have benefitted massively by getting to […]

Ding Dong Merrily! Music Gifting

December 12th, 2014

Yeah- I know. Where’s my blog? In my brain. Not on my bulletin board. To everything a season. And though the past two years haven’t quite been a consistent blogging season, it is right now the season of CHRISSSSSSSSSTMAAAAAAAAAAAAS! I’ve got a few thematic playlists I would like to gift, but I’ll start with just […]

On Dropping the ‘Mrs’ From Gaskell

April 19th, 2014

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 3 of 5 stars I’ve been meaning to get to ‘Mary Barton’ for some time, mainly, because when Charlotte Bronte read it, she made changes to ‘Shirley’, which she was in the midst of writing, so that it did not cover too much of the same territory. I […]

The Daisy Chain or Trial by Tractarian Fiction

April 8th, 2014

The Daisy Chain, Or, Aspirations: A Family Chronicle by Charlotte Mary Yonge My rating: 2 of 5 stars I only got half way through, but that was both as far as I could handle and as far as I needed. My two reasons for finally sitting down with a Charlotte Yonge text were 1) she’s […]

A Much Anticipated Journey

December 2nd, 2012

In eleven days I’ll be sitting at the Cinema watching the New Line Cinema logo glimmer onscreen announcing the beginning of another magical (insufficient adjective) three years spent in Middle Earth with Peter Jackson at the helm. The only thing that could be better than seeing all three Hobbit films in Scotland would be seeing […]

For The Who-Curious or The Ashamed Un-Who’d: A Layperson’s Guide By A Layperson

October 4th, 2012

I received the following email last week from a friend who preferes to remain anonymous, as you shall see: “I am ashamed to say that I am fairly Dr Who illiterate… 🙁 Firstly, don’t tell anyone. Secondly, where do I begin? I know that there’ve been like, 11? Doctor incarnations… who are all the same […]

I’m Somewhere Else

September 11th, 2012

I arrived in St Andrews, Scotland yesterday. When I took my first wee walk around yesterday, the words that kept running through my head were “Holy Fucking Shit.” Colorful language, yes, but I guess that’s the voice awe speaks in my head. Here’s a few pics of what I know thus far. This is my […]

In Search of an Authoritative Text: Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone

September 22nd, 2011

I am embarking on the grand adventure of re-reading the Harry Potter series for the first time. Note: re-reading. I read the books starting in 2004 after the release of ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ in the theatres. Following that, I read each consecutive book as they were released. Though reading the books managed to enchant for […]

“Worthy of What One Great Woman Should Have Written of Another”: Gaskell’s Life of Brontë

May 23rd, 2011

The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell My rating: 4 of 5 stars In my late teens, I read nearly every Charlotte Brontë biography in the cannon, except the most famous one: the one written by her friend, fellow author Elizabeth Gaskell. I skipped it for a few reasons. One, every contemporary biography essentially […]

For Unto Us A Hobbit Is Given

April 15th, 2011

It’s an amazing day to be alive. It’s as if Father Christmas made it possible to relive all your favorite Christmases past, only you’d be reliving them in the present and receiving all new gifts. It’s as if, when walking out your front door this morning you discovered, instead of being in your cul de […]