This is kind of my life right now.

After long days of work (of which I have had many this week, and of which there will be many more to come next week), I like nothing better than to curl up with a good book. Admittedly, this is not as much of a problem as it might have been in high school or…

Procrastination Assistance: Opinions Wanted!

This was an essay question on my “Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries” final exam: Readers who don’t like Austen’s novels complain about the narrowness of her themes. They sometimes accuse her of ignoring the world outside her narrow society and of forsaking broader, historical—and more “important”—themes for a relatively small set of preoccupations and concerns.…