In this video, I provide an overview of the Regency period as it pertains to Jane Austen's novel Sense and Sensibility. I discuss the characteristics of a patriarchal society, social structure, marriage politics, and other important aspects that will help contextualize this book's setting. Whether you are reading for pleasure or academic purposes, it is [...]
Mrs. Willard "I had a picture of Mrs. Willard, with her heather-mixture tweeds and her sensible shoes and her wise, maternal maxims," (Plath 218). "'What a man wants is a mate and what a woman wants is infinite security…What a man is is an arrow into the future and what a woman is is a [...]
It was nine twenty in the morning when I arrived at the used book sale. In forty minutes my English class would begin just down the hall. I stood in line for a few minutes, holding a list of required textbooks and forty euro in my hand. A black Dooney & Bourke tote bag hung [...]
It is two o’clock when I make the boys lunch. Peanut butter sandwiches on white bread. I spread the peanut butter evenly across the bread’s softness to avoid clumping. Line up the crust. Place one slice on top. Swipe crumbs into the wastebasket. On ceramic plates, I carry the diagonally cut sandwiches up wooden stairs [...]
I think about all the melted chocolate, all the stained purses. I think about the intricacies of naming. Calling it something. Call it dark or white or milk. Call it almond and honey. Traces of coconut. Call it pinched in sea salt. I think about use. I think about naive pillows, not knowing the weight [...]
I cannot decipher the smell of my skin from the bedsheets. Or is it just the scent of morning? The smell of a Thursday morning, what does it want from us? What does Thursday morning smell like to children? In Mom’s house? Dad’s house? What does it want?
Once, while they were driving, Lucy told her dad that she felt like the adult in their relationship. He drove out of traffic, into the parking lot of a dentist office and yelled at her for feeling this way. He told her all the reasons why she was wrong, all the reasons why she was [...]
Book Spotlight: Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri I finished the book beneath a hot Michigan sun with a baseball cap protecting my scalp. In a reclining Adirondack chair, I sat on top of a floral beach towel; my feet rested on a plastic table, crossed at the ankle and absorbing the heat. I noticed a [...]