Monthly Archives: October 2017


Week 20: Quartet in Autumn

"There was something to be said for tea and a comfortable chat about cremation." It's lines like this that cause Barbara Pym to be referred to as the Jane Austen of the 20th Century. I mean, how perfect is that? Doesn't it just conjure up a certain type of middle-aged woman at a certain time [...]

By | 2017-10-24T15:20:00+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Week 17: Reading Harper Lee in the time of Trump

I first read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in my early twenties. It had been out for ten years or so, and Harper Lee's description of superstition, ignorance and institutional prejudice seemed remote - almost quaint. In the wake of the white supremacist rallies in Viriginia and videos of police officers singling out [...]

By | 2017-10-03T13:18:02+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments