Oh sure, coding is fine. But without a classical education you are nothing but numbers

Or worse, just one number, lost in a crowd of ones and zeroes. I am so pleased to be reading stories like this one (warning, it's looooooong), about how tech's new hottest thing is the "useless" liberal arts degree....more

Would you believe me if I told you...

...that I haven't read the books or watched the movies of the following classics ?Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Hunger Games, Twilight series... and many more.  ...more

What To Do With Your Brain When Your Hands Are Busy

What can you do with your brain while your hands are busy? You can stick a book in your ear! ...more

Lit News and Other Random Ramblings

If books show us the world, teen fiction can be like a hall of fun-house mirrors, constantly reflecting back hideously distorted portrayals of what life is....more

I usually have the news on when I'm cooking in the afternoons, and I'm sure my kids hear it. ...more

BlogHer Book Club's A Jane Austen Education: Growing Up Jane

I was thrilled when I found that BlogHer Book Club would be playing host to a discussion about William Deresiewicz's A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter. Yes, because it was Jane, but also because it was a memoir. Deresiewicz dives into literary critique now and then (he's a professor -- I don't think he can really help himself), but it's really a book about how Jane helped him grow up. My memories of Jane are so tied to growing up myself that I can't but help feel a certain kinship with the author, and I hope that you will, too. ...more

That most teens either read the Brontes or Austen and didn't tend to cross lines.

Should I ...more

Cocktail Friday: The Grasshopper

When I was learning to make drinks at bartender’s school, the grasshopper was the first drink I learned.  I was told that it tasted like mint chocolate chip ice cream, and I was in loooooooooove. ...more

Pride and Prejudice...and Zombies

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen's original Pride and Prejudice is sadly lacking in zombies. But have no fear! Seth Grahame-Smith has set things right with his recently published Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It has everything you loved about the original but now with zombies, mayhem, and of course, brains. ...more

And there's always vampires, werewolves, and mummies to add when zombies get tired.

It's not ...more

The glorious Mrs. Beeton

When modern Western women complain about long-standing sexism in society, I sometimes want to lift a dubious eyebrow, and then glance meaningfully at something like Isabella Beeton's Book of Household Management, published in London -- apparently by the family firm, S.O. Beeton -- in 1861. A sexist society, a woman trapped in a sexist society, does not just vomit out an achievement like this. ...more