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Good evening patient readers, I’ve been sick . . . for a month. Which means I’ve been napping every single time my baby naps. Which means writing is a physical impossibility. But I’ve decided Thanksgiving night is a good night to stay up late and live in a bigger world than sick-and-sleepy for half an…

Liebster Award for Read With Kay!

Now for something completely different. Exciting news: Nora at Writing One Day at a Time nominated Read-Along with Kay for the Liebster Award. Thank you, Nora. This (very young) blog is honored to be called “lovely,” “pleasant,” and “valued.” The Liebster Award, if you’re not familiar with it (and I wasn’t myself until just now) is…

Austen Updated

As a follow-up to my latest post: The Austen Project has undertaken the arduous and interesting task of updating all six Austen novels for contemporary audiences. I’d love to see somebody with a real Austen-like gift for character judgment let us sneak a peek at Maria Bertram’s diary. What characters in the Austen canon would you like to investigate…

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The Garden

Welcome to Part 3 of Section 1, covering Chapters 9-10!  Click here for Part 1 on “The Outcast.” Click here for Part 2 on “The Tempters.” Anyone else sensing some Genesis themes here? I wasn’t looking for them, I promise! They jumped out at me when I started titling these sections. Now I’m wondering if…

Not A Judgment Free Zone

You’ve seen those signs, right? Judgment Free Zone. Well, this isn’t one. What? Wait! you say. Hold on. Define your terms. You’re right! I will. In 2013, judgment has become a bad word. Don’t judge me! we say. I’m not judging! we say. But of course we are, in the classic sense of the word. Judging…

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Two Tempters

Welcome to Mansfield Park, Part 2 of Section 1, covering Chapters 3-8! To see Part 1, click here. You know, of course, who the tempters are. They’re Henry and Mary Crawford, a brother and sister who come to pay a visit to the Grants. Jane Austen doesn’t try to build up any mystery about them.…