Posts tagged “rebecca mead”

  1. I gave you a brief break from our ongoing journey in pursuit of My Life in Middlemarch. That break is now over. Get back to Middlemarch, slatterns. No! We'll go into it easily, I'd love to just talk about the first three chapters. Let's! Now, last time, we talked about gawky, bookish adolescences. (Which may not have been all of you, incidentally! Perhaps some of you were poised and stylish and enjoyed drinking malteds with a…

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  2. After many, many months of gearing up to this by reading Middlemarch together, today we will begin talking about My Life in Middlemarch. We literally could not have given you a more manageable chunk to start with (up to page 73, or the end of Chapter Two), but since the book has only been out for a few weeks, it is very understandable if you have to slide more gradually into our…

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  3. This picture of me with Rebecca Mead? It's the best picture of me I've ever seen. You can't tell that my face is 90% gums and ears, and that I usually lose my upper lip completely when I smile. I'm going to post it every single day until it gains sentience and walks among us. So, as you may know, I went to NYC for less than 24 hours, entirely for the purpose of doing…

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  4. If you’ve somehow missed being hounded by me to read (first) Middlemarch and (in the New Year) My Life in Middlemarch, you can catch up here. You have now (ideally, but it's almost a hundred and fifty years old, you can take another couple of weeks) finished George Eliot's masterpiece, and have arrived in this place to share your impressions with the rest of us. Share away! It's been such a pleasure reading this wonderful book…

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  5. Two relevant pieces of information for Middlemarch book-clubbers: 1. Our next discussion will be Monday, January 20th at 2pm EST, and we will read...TO THE VERY END. 2. Last time, we talked about the wee meet-and-greet that Rebecca Mead will be doing for Toast readers prior to her NYPL event on January 29th. That meet-and-greet will be from 5:45pm to 6:30pm, and you WILL need to be on the list, as the room…

  6. If you’ve somehow missed being hounded by me to read (first) Middlemarch and (in the New Year) My Life in Middlemarch, you can catch up here. I am sure you have all dutifully read to the end of Volume 7? It's a very long chunk, but ideally you hid in the room with the coats during lackluster holiday parties in order to catch up. If not, just pipe in where you can, and dedicate yourself anew…

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  7. If you’ve somehow missed being hounded by me to read (first) Middlemarch and (in the New Year) My Life in Middlemarch, you can catch up here. I thought our last discussion was delightfully engaging and sprightly, and I really appreciate how many of you have dived into a seemingly-staid task with such vim. The book only gets better (at least, I feel that way), and I hope that you're beginning to pick up speed. Like…

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  8. If you've somehow missed being hounded by me to read (first) Middlemarch and (in the New Year) My Life in Middlemarch, you can catch up here. So, I very nicely requested that everyone (who has any interest in doing so) read to the end of Book One (Ch. 1-12), a very reasonably-sized chunk of George Eliot's masterpiece. If you haven't yet done so, that's perfectly fine. I anticipate this comment thread/discussion will…

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  9. We here at The Toast are delighted and excited to formally announce our first big communal book-reading exercise, which will be challenging and fun and gripping and life-affirming and a wonderful bonding experience for us all. We are going to be reading TWO books together: George Eliot's Middlemarch, and Rebecca Mead's not-yet-on-shelves My Life in Middlemarch, which is one of the best things I've ever read about the reading life, being a woman,…

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  10. As mentioned in our inaugural post, books are everything to Mallory and I. We are lifelong fools for books, and we want to share that with you. One way we'll be doing that is our Emily Books Book Club, which you'll be hearing about shortly from the titular Emily, one is the glorious Jaya Catches Up, and another is probably going to be me just telling you what I'm reading, and how I…

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