[Merrily I Read] Book Review: Girl About Town, Chapters Four-Five

CHAPTER IV: A man and woman are having a conversation; but it is no ordinary conversation, for they are flirting! The opening of Chapter IV finds Our Heroine, Anne Hartley, and her train buddy, Peter Foster (a.k.a. Nice Young Man), … Continue reading

[Merrily I Read] Book Review: Girl About Town, Chapters One-Three

INFO: TITLE: GIRL ABOUT TOWN AUTHOR: KATHERINE PENT YEAR PUBLISHED: 1937 PUBLISHER: HILLMAN CURL, INC. (A STREAMLINED ROMANCE) CHAPTER I:  Two women are having a conversation; but it is no ordinary conversation, for they are worried! Or, rather, the one … Continue reading

[Merrily I Read] Girl About Town: Educational Marginalia

My copy of Girl About Town has some interesting, and unusually informative, marginalia. At one point, it belonged to “College Libraries” (“The Convenient Reader Service”) in Dayton, Ohio: Fortunately, it doesn’t say anything about not using their property as a … Continue reading

Introducing Our Newest Feature, Merrily I Read!

Musty-smelling old books are my jam. The ones I like best have beautiful designs carved into worn hardbacks, patterned endpapers, and thick pages sporadically covered with obscure marginalia. They come with secret histories, impenetrable and mysterious pedigrees of ownership that … Continue reading

My Favourite (Dead) Playwrights*

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950): Some plays: Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Arms and the Man; Candida; Major Barbara; The Doctor’s Dilemma; Pygmalion; Heartbreak House; Saint Joan; The Apple Cart; The Millionairess. Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906): Some plays: Peer Gynt; Pillars of Society; A … Continue reading

[R]evolving Incarnations: A Questionnaire for Passionate Readers-Elyssa Tappero of Only Fragments

[R]evolving Incarnations: A Questionnaire For Passionate Readers is an interview series done in classic Q&A format. Each entry features one intrepid writer/blogger/artist/creative mastermind as they take on the same 40 reading-themed questions and scenarios. Be sure to leave your thoughts … Continue reading

[The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon] 1918: The Magic of Mabel and Mickey

When I was fifteen, I learned the truth behind Norma Desmond’s famous Sunset Boulevard assertion: “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!” Six decades of repetition has eroded this cutting indictment to a fragment of its original self, denuded of … Continue reading

[R]evolving Incarnations: A Questionnaire for Passionate Readers-Featuring R.A. Kerr of Silver Screenings

[R]evolving Incarnations: A Questionnaire For Passionate Readers is an interview series done in classic Q&A format. Each entry features one intrepid writer/blogger/artist/creative mastermind as they take on the same 40 reading-themed questions and scenarios. Be sure to leave your thoughts … Continue reading

A Year in Books/Days 228-229: Frontier Madam/Amedeo Modigliani

FRONTIER MADAM THE LIFE OF DELL BURKE, LADY OF LUSK Title: Frontier Madam The Life of Dell Burke, Lady of Lusk Author: June Willson Read Year Published: 2008 (A Two Dot Book) Year Purchased: 2012 Source: Half Price Books About: … Continue reading