Posts tagged “louisa may alcott”

  1. This post, and several others to appear in due course, are generously sponsored by a gentleman-scholar from County San Francisco, supportive of the production and assessment of nasty novels, dealing familiarly with gamblers, misandrists and flashy reprobates. Said gentleman-scholar has re-upped his donation, so keep pitching me, academics longing for freedom. I am an unabashed reader of romances, watcher of romantic comedies, and lover of happy endings, so it’s unsurprising that I’ve always loved the…

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  2. Previously: Dirtbag Anne of Green Gables.  MEG: Jo what are you doing in Father's office all the time? [JO kicks her steel-toed boots onto the desk] JO: writin smut wanna read it MEG: ...yes   MEG: all right we're off to the play with Laurie JO: don't wait up AMY: can I come too? JO: don't be ridiculous AMY [whispering]: I'm going to burn what you love and marry your boyfriend JO: what AMY:…

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  3. I cannot resist an old book, or at least an old book that doesn’t smell musty or leak silverfish from the spine. Those mysterious dark covers, which almost never retain a visible title, can contain anything—outmoded scientific principles, hilarious purple prose, earnest prescriptions for expired value systems. Today I would like to share what may be a perfect specimen of all three—The Young Woman’s Guide to Excellence by William Aldus Alcott.[1. If your wise and…

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