Category Archives: Nonfiction

April 20

Engraving in the 21st Century

When asked if I would review the new textbook on engraving, Design to Touch, written by Rose Gonnella and Erin Smith and published by the International Engraved Graphics Association (IEGA), I of course leapt at the chance. As someone enchanted by letterpress printing, I am equally fascinated by its sister art. Physically, the processes are […]

March 03

What Stacy’s Reading Now: My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel

A footnote found early in My Age of Anxiety, Scott Stossel’s recent memoir/social history, notes something that I’ve always suspected: “…there are plausible evolutionary explanations for why both intelligence and imagination ten to be allied with anxiety” (18).  I have always hypothesized that anxiety is a “smart person” problem, and now I have evidence to […]

January 29

Lettered Ladies Book Club: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

Although I have yet to deliver an unqualified rave of a book in this blog (except for the occasional children’s book), I swear I’m not a book snob. To prove this, I will now make a confession that could forever destroy my credibility in certain circles: I enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Though it’s been […]

January 13

Lettered Ladies Book Club: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

I still can’t believe that Nina Sankovitch did what she did.  Reading a 250-300 page book every day — and then writing about it! — for an entire year seems frankly impossible to me.  Truly it does.  Lettered Lady Kate could totally do this.  She sacrifices no comprehension at all for her enviable speed, which […]

January 01

What Stacy’s Reading Now: Bittersweet

Ahhh…Christmas Break.  The time when all English professors take a break from grading and lesson plans and meetings and …. read.  (Hmmm…maybe we need new hobbies?)  At least for me, the kind of reading I do during the three weeks in between the end of our Fall semester and the start of my January session […]

December 23

Lettered Ladies Book Club: My take on Tolstoy, the Purple Chair, and the Act of Reading

Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch To read one book every day for a year: that is the kind of goal I can get behind. As a professor, I read for hours every day, but those hours are usually scattered upon student papers, historical and theoretical works, and […]

November 25

Lettered Ladies Book Club: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

A few months ago – tanned and relaxed from our respective summers and giddy from the fun of our new blog – the Lettered Ladies decided to embark on an adventure together.  Though the six of us now live in five different states and see each other only rarely, we knew that we could be […]