A Few Words about First Lines

I’m still reading Anna Karenina, which, as you may know, contains one of the most famous opening lines in the history of literature: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. That got me thinking about other opening lines that I especially like, and before long, I had aContinue reading “A Few Words about First Lines”

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Bookish Links — September 2016

One of the many odd questions that often occurs to me while I’m reading is “How old is [insert character’s name here]?” So I was excited to find this article by an Oxford English professor explaining how he figures (Hamlet’s age. (Hint: it’s not thirty.) My other favorite article this month was this piece by Austin Allen forContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2016”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Since this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a free-for-all, I thought I’d go back in the archives and do a topic I missed a while ago, “Books and Music.” Below is a list of songs that, for one reason or another,Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Music and Books”

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Bookish Links — April 2016

Since April is National Poetry Month, I decided that this post would focus solely on poetry-related links. But, because this month also saw the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth, although no one knows exactly when it was), I threw in some Shakespeare links too. From Ciera Horton, here’sContinue reading “Bookish Links — April 2016”

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“A spirit of health or goblin damned”

The Hamlet read-along is still underway, and as expected, it’s given me plenty of opportunities to consider the play from different angles. Almost since the beginning of this read-along, one question in particular has nagged at me: is the ghost really who he says he is? On my first reading of Hamlet, I pretty muchContinue reading ““A spirit of health or goblin damned””

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4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)

You may remember that in my autumn TBR post, I mentioned a Hamlet read-along that I planned to participate in. That began on the first of the month, but never fear! We’ve only gotten as far as Act 1, Scene 4, so it won’t be too hard to catch up. To be very blunt about it,Continue reading “4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 1 & 2: Surprised by Joy and The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis I bought these two on impulse about a week ago. The Weight of Glory still sits in its pretty cream-colored Barnes and Noble bag, while I’ve already startedContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List”

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Bookish Links — July 2015

So, maybe Atticus Finch isn’t a racist at all? Here, author Bryan Davis offers an interesting perspective on Atticus as he appears in Go Set a Watchman. Author Eric Metaxas was in Oxford last week to interview several authors and scholars, among them Michael Ward, Peter Hitchens, and Walter Hooper (C. S. Lewis’s former secretary).Continue reading “Bookish Links — July 2015”

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“Why is Hamlet’s father also named ‘Hamlet’?”

About a week ago, my younger brother asked me quite earnestly why Hamlet and his father have the same name. When I read Hamlet, it never occurred to me that the double name could have any special significance: after all, it was common enough in the Middle Ages and afterward for sons to be namedContinue reading ““Why is Hamlet’s father also named ‘Hamlet’?””

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A Small Smattering of Shakespeare

The rest of the internet celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday a few days ago, but I had been told that Shakespeare was born on April 26. Apparently, the exact day of Shakespeare’s birth is unknown, but the day of his christening–April 26–is. So, I choose to mark the Bard’s birthday today, but really, any day is goodContinue reading “A Small Smattering of Shakespeare”

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