The Delicate* Feminism of Jane Austen

The title of this post comes from a comment by TikTok user @dramaticsonglyrics on one of my recent videos. I had never heard this phrase before, but thought for sure it must be from a famous quote. But strategic googling shows that, no, in fact, it is not very common. The phrase "delicate feminism" got … Continue reading The Delicate* Feminism of Jane Austen

Jane Austen, Mother of Dragons: A Lady’s Influence in Modern Speculative Fiction

If I could only describe my reading taste in two terms, they would be "Jane Austen" and "fantasy." This is a totally hypothetical and unlikely scenario, but the point is that I love Jane Austen and I love fantasy fiction, almost (well, not really, I'd say about half-way) to the exclusion of any other reading … Continue reading Jane Austen, Mother of Dragons: A Lady’s Influence in Modern Speculative Fiction

A Very BookTok Summer: Podcast Episode (and Newsletter Preview)

You can listen to this podcast episode on Spotify, Apple, or anywhere you find bookish podcasts! So, how was your summer? I was unemployed for much of the summer, so I spent a lot of my days when I wasn’t sending out dozens of copies of my resume, scrolling through and posting videos on BookTok.  … Continue reading A Very BookTok Summer: Podcast Episode (and Newsletter Preview)

Words from Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and More from the KidLit Rally for Black Lives

By now, everyone knows about the great boiling point the U.S. has reached, with the murder of George Floyd the latest in a string of such cases that has sparked protests in every state and in many countries across the globe. I have posted quite a bit about this on social media, but I haven't … Continue reading Words from Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and More from the KidLit Rally for Black Lives

I Am Not On Board: Let’s Talk About Authorial Intent

I've written a little before about my peeve of authors trying to closely control readers' perceptions of their work. *cough* Tolkien *cough* And of course there have been ongoing discussions of Authorial Intent and "Death of the Author" from experts much more highly qualified than I for centuries. But today, I had a very personal … Continue reading I Am Not On Board: Let’s Talk About Authorial Intent