UnSubject: #atozchallenge

  I'm watching an old production of The Woman in White and pondering the place of the woman in Victorian fiction. There are two half-sisters, one who has inherited, or will inherit, great wealth; the other is relatively poor. The wealthy one is beautiful; she is delicate and wears pastels. Occasionally she faints. The poor … Continue reading UnSubject: #atozchallenge

Everybody’s Politics

Isabel did read Italian; if she had any difficulty with La Repubblica, it was with understanding the complexities of Italian politics. But that, she suspected, was the case with everybody's politics. And it was not just a linguistic difference; she could never understand how American politics worked. It appeared that the Americans went to the … Continue reading Everybody’s Politics

Just Wo-ahn Out

Sometime back in the 1930s, my grandmother picked up the telephone receiver just in time to hear the Methodist minister's wife, on the party line, drawl, "I am just wo-ahn out. I've been waterin' the yahd." The statement might not seem significant, but my family has its own criteria for significance. And so those two … Continue reading Just Wo-ahn Out