“On the Proper Use of Books”

This morning, I was on the verge of disappearing down a rabbit-hole of reading antique handicraft patterns in search of a new project when the following article thankfully drew me back from the edge: "On the Proper Use of Books," in Dorcas: A Magazine of Women's Handiwork, February 1885, 38-40. I skimmed it with a sense…Read more “On the Proper Use of Books”

Narrative Compass

In my non-academic reading recently, I've been enjoying the essays collected in A Narrative Compass: Stories that Guide Women's Lives. Though it may sound like a self help book, it's actually nineteen essays written by women academics - professors and students of literature, folklore or history; or librarians - about how some narrative affected them…Read more Narrative Compass