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January 2013

Pride and Prejudice Bicentennial Challenge

I just heard about this challenge and I can’t think of a better excuse to ignore classwork. (I kid) (Kind of).

Here’s my tentative Aficionado (9-12 selections) review list for the year:

(I listed more than I may need because I may not have access to all of these)


Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination – Juliette Wells

A Jane Austen Education – William Deresiewicz

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Celebrate Pride and Prejudice

In which I make a list of ways you can celebrate the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice.

January in Review

Check out my post-jog look.

Wonder of Libraries

I was recently talking to my friend (who is now a 5th grade teacher) about the generational divide when it comes to literacy. We felt that when we were growing up books were the ultimate reward. Sure, not everyone in our classes probably felt that way, but I distinctly remember classroom altercations over who got to read the next Captain Underpants in grade school. Even up through high school we would vie to read the new books our teachers allowed us to borrow from their stash.

So why was it that our gradeschool relatives did not enjoy the thrill of reading as we did? Her cousins and my sisters are roughly the same ages (4th and 8th), yet they did not seem at all interested in summer reading programs or even the newest best-seller/based-on-a-book-motion-picture. Why? It grieved us to recount conversations with said relatives.

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I need to be better about keeping up my daily journal assignment. Here’s an easy one for today since it is typically a day of reflection and goal making.

I pledge to:

  • Apply for amazing PhD programs
  • Drink more beer
  • Read more books; reread fewer books
  • Lose 15 more lbs
  • Work harder at work and in class
  • Make more of my food from scratch
  • Get a real haircut
  • Start my Etsy shop
  • Crash the Arrested Development release party
  • Purge useless crap from storage
  • Go on more dates
  • Explore LA

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