Will & Me

Shakespeare is all around us. This year, we are reminded that he died in 1616, four-hundred years ago. Much literature has been recently published. I add the memoir of a remarkable woman who tells the little-known story of her love affair with Shakespeare.   Will...

What I’m Reading

Janet Maslin recently reviewed in the New York Times Michael Connelly’s and John Grisham’s new novels, which came out about the same time. She points out “coincidences,” including Grisham’s creation of a character “dangerously similar to Mickey Haller.” Yes, indeed:...

What I’m Reading

Come Rain or Come Shine A Mitford Novel by Jan Karon This is a relaxing book, as sweet as the special cake often featured in the series. The action revolves around a family wedding outdoors, on a farm, complete with cows, a bull, chickens, and a lot of dogs. Nothing...

The Austen Project

I’ve continued to read The Austen Project books. Joanna Trollope’s Sense & Sensibility is fun, although I think most Austen fans won’t like it. Too many changes, both of events and characters. Its worst feature for me is the use of text-trash words, like “totes”...

Rewriting Jane Austen: Why?

Jane Austen was a “British author whose six novels quietly revolutionized world literature, and who is considered one of the greatest writers of all time.” (The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, 2008) Those who are in charge of the Harper Collins project...