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This may not be the most original post, but maybe, just maybe, it will be the most fun. Which literary character best represents your own personality? Read more...
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"I have always imagined heaven to be a kind of library." -- Jorge Luis Borges This lovely Borges quote came to me in my Twitter feed this morning, and it seems to me to be a statement that could lead to all kinds of conversations. The simplest way to think about heaven as a "kind of library" is the bibliophilic one: An infinite collection of books. But are those books curated, or haphazard? Is this heavenly library like the Library of Congress, containing a copy of anything and everything published in the United States? Or is it one's own particular library, filled with all of the books you've ever read? Read more...
It is not easy pursuing the bookish life in this Internet age. There are so many distractions: web sites, blogs, e-commerce, games -- and those are just to cover my obsessions with cute shoes, longlasting mascara, and "Mad Men." Read more...

Up All Night

Categories: the readers' advocate
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a teenaged girl in possession of an invitation to the senior prom must be in want of a dress -- and so last night I and my own Lizzie Bennet set out to the dressmaker's (read: Tyson's Corner Center) so that she might be properly clad for this splendid event. Read more...

Try Baby

Categories: the readers' advocate
Last week American Idol contestant Allison Iraheta received the least number of votes and left, but not, of course, before belting out Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby" one more time. She's only 16; she'll be back on the scene. As I watched her (don't judge!), I kept thinking about the pejorative "crybaby." I've always been a major crybaby, I'm sorry to say. Read more...
Today I suffered that all-too-current dilemma: I lost the charger for my e-reader, and so I could not finish the novel I’ve been happily devouring. This meant I would have to go into the stacks (my own, I’m afraid; some of the piles in my study-cum-office have reached dangerous heights, at least for the two miniature Schnauzers who fight daily for the right to nest in my armchair while I’m gone). Here’s a sampling of what I found: Read more...
It’s that time of year again…Mother’s Day is looming, and I do mean looming. Everyone I know is either scurrying to mail a gift or scurrying to type in a gift order. Not I; I felt so smug last week as I placed my Red Envelope Mother’s Day commands. Then my own mother announced she’s decided to come down here to visit – and the Red Envelope site informed me waspishly that orders placed between certain dates cannot be changed or cancelled. Read more...

Coming Clean

Categories: the readers' advocate
On Sunday afternoons when it’s rainy, my younger Mini Maven and I have a secret addiction: We settle in the master bedroom and watch the Style Channel. Our favorite is CLEAN HOUSE, but we also like HOW DO I LOOK?, DRESS MY NEST, and WHAT NOT TO WEAR. If there’s no big deadline for me, no big school project for her, and no pressing house chores to be done, we can lose hours watching, giggling, and gossiping about the various scenes/characters. It’s the mother-daughter equivalent of Sunday afternoon with ESPN… Read more...
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