Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.

Autumn de Wilde’s Emma is a delight and a joy, which is an odd way to start what is not-exactly-a-review. But it is so beautifully shot, so beautifully staged, so exquisitely acted and directed, that for me there’s not really another launch point into this exploration of cinematography and class and the female gaze. Emma is beautiful, from its hushed beginnings in a greenhouse as … Continue reading Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.

Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

I’ll start this with a confession: while I read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women—I read it a lot, actually—it never spoke to me as much as Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series. (I think that the urban element of Betsy-Tacy made it perfect for me, an urban child.) I’m a white woman who read Little Women, perforce, but am not Little Women‘s ideal audience: that would … Continue reading Greta Gerwig’s Little Women

after valentine’s 2020

I’m a voracious romance reader. I’m also not a particularly romantic person (nothing quite like instalove to make me hysterical!), and when I tried to put together a list of books for today, figuring I could (I mean, I read romance, for crying out loud!), I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. Last year’s booklist was for Galentine‘s; today, the day after Valentine’s, I’m … Continue reading after valentine’s 2020

A Few Books for Galentine’s (Because Why Not)

I mean, Galentine’s Day isn’t real, but then neither is Valentine’s Day, right? And women’s friendships are incredibly important, and generally under-appreciated, at least in our pop culture. So here is a very short, and very last-minute, list of books celebrating women’s friendships for Galentine’s Day. Follow two teenage girls as they leverage their creative work and make their school—and the world—hear their voices in … Continue reading A Few Books for Galentine’s (Because Why Not)