Settling In

We’re living in the house, or as Bertie calls it these days, ‘Barton Cottage’ — heh! Well, we’re no Elinor and Marianne, but it is apropos I suppose as we pass the 200th anniversary of the release of Jane Austen’s most famous book. Our place does not actually have ‘dark, narrow stairs, a poky hall…

BitchBuzz: Mashing Jane

My latest column for BitchBuzz is actually a book review. I must say I had fun writing it. More fun than the book. Even better, BitchBuzz is now part of the Glam Media network, so there’s hope this leads to bigger and better things for the whole BB crew: There’s something to be said for…

Jane Quiet: Fashion Icon?

Ah, the randomness of the internet! This post on Polyvore showed up on my Google search for Jane Quiet. No idea who this user is or what prompted them to choose Jane, but it’s kind of cool (especially the raven ring!), though Jane would never wear those shoes. You can’t chase demons in those heels….

BitchBuzz: Jane Austen Writes

My BB column this week revisits the Jane Austen exhibit at the Morgan which I enjoyed so much last week (and yes, the William Blake exhibit is still on for a few more weeks). It’s such a delight to see Jane’s own handwriting and little pieces of her life gathered together for this exhibit, which…

Happy Birthday, Jane

Get your Jane on: be devastatingly witty in a gentle tone so no one feels the knife’s blade. Who but a genius could invent the delightful Henry Tilney and Elinor Dashwood? From Austen’s pen: “I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive.” “People always live forever…

Becoming Elinor Dashwood

We are moving again; at least this time, it’s only about 10 miles. Nonetheless, it will be (as always) difficult. Even more so because we are moving into town and, necessarily, into a smaller place (that’s city life). On the plus side, the apartment is three blocks from my office and includes heat and water….

Not Becoming (to) Jane

Normally, I would be all excited about a new film touching on Jane Austen’s life. She’s one of the greatest writers who ever lived. If you haven’t read her and you think you know anything about her books, you’re mistaken. Read her. That’s all I can say. But Becoming Jane is a movie starring Brooklyn-born…