Many thanks to Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine, where this essay first appeared in January. Please check out the magazine’s website and consider subscribing!
Not to make all of you out there in cyber world swoon, but I’m in Brooklyn at the moment at the Jane Austen Society of North America’s Annual General Meeting, so my responses will not be as timely as usual. I’m excited to meet Diana Birchall for the first time, but will be missing the usual Austen Author crowd that gathers at the AGMs.
Without further ado…back to Mr. Darcy…
Let’s face it. If you met Mr Darcy in real life, you wouldn’t go out with him after the disastrous first date. That’s assuming he condescended enough to actually ask you out, and that you, against your better judgment, said yes. Continue reading
Well, the local outdoor pool is officially closed now and my habit of jogging in the swim lanes (sounds crazy, but try it, it’s addictive, especially in the sunshine) must be shelved until Memorial Day 2013. Before I consider switching up my regimen to hot yoga (yoga in 110 degree heat, anyone?) or piloxing (pilates + boxing), I think I can get my endorphins pumping just by surfing the net and searching for all things Darcy and Austen.
I’m doing a little more of this lately due to the fact that on September 29th I’ll be giving a talk to the JASNA Greater Chicago Region entitled Jane Austen: Multimedia Maven? If you’re in town, I’d love to see you there! Either way, I’d like to ask you how you get your digital Austen fix…
Ready for a laugh? This clip is one of my favorite Austen fixes, a mash-up of Ashes to Ashes and Pride and Prejudice with an actor that really gets (and I mean gets) Gene Hunt. Even if you’ve never heard of Ashes to Ashes, you’ll love this spoof: Continue reading
Sold! For 152,450 GBP, $236,557
Okay, so the big news is that Jane Austen’s ring sold for more than seven times the estimated price at Sotheby’s in Dublin yesterday. It was reported that “competition was fierce among the eight bidders vying” for it. (According to msn news.)
Go, Jane Austen! Once again, the author, who’s been dead for almost 200 years rocked our modern world–with a pretty cool rock. The ring evidently went to… wait for it… “an anonymous collector.” Well, if we knew who the collector was we’d be knocking on their door, now wouldn’t we? Still, inquiring minds want to know who scored the ring! Do any of you out there know anything? Fill us in!
As you all know from reading our very own Diana Birchell’s fabulous post about the ring here, the ring is not only a gorgeous natural turquoise, but like so many aspects of Austen’s life, the details are sketchy. In truth, there are no details. She owned the ring. It was passed down through the generations. End of story.
Or is it? Continue reading
I know. Nobody expects anything serious from me, do they? Yes, I can be serious. Just ask my kids! They know better than to mess with me!
Seriously though… it’s Memorial Day here in the states. This means bbqs, trips to the beaches and pools and officially being able to wear white skirts and pants, but all of us have a veteran (or several) in our thoughts today. Some are out on active duty right now, others have served in the past, some are living, some are gone.
Today I’ll be thinking of my dad, who had an even better sense of humor than I (is it possible? ha ha). He passed away three years ago right after Memorial Day weekend, which was appropriate as he served in the Korean War. He served as a typist! And that, in itself, was something he and my entire family laughed about. He was a damn fast typist, though, that was for sure. Hats off to my dad, who became an artist after serving in Korea. I miss him, and so many things about him, but mostly I miss his sense of humor. Hats off to all the veterans who served, even if they (just) sat in an office and typed.