As you may have guessed from the title, I did not come away from Robert Gottlieb’s romance fiction roundup for The New York Times Book Review in high spirits. Let’s go through it, and I’ll explain why. I actually didn’t mind the “He! She! They!” shorthand gag Gottlieb used to reduce the Julia Quinn Regency under consideration to a few tropes.
In an earlier Heroes & Heartbreakers post, I confessed that I’ve never actually read a Jane Austen novel—it was something that was overlooked in my schooling. (When it came to 19th-century English literature, I was only ever officially exposed to Dickens and Hardy in high school, and then the Brontë sisters in college.)
When I got home from the Women’s March Saturday night, I found some online chatter about a new website called Swing Left that aims to dismantle Republican control of the House of Representatives in 2018. Here’s how it works: You give them your location, and they tell you where the nearest swing district—the congressional district where the winner squeaked by with a pretty close margin—is, and then you sign up for an eventual newsletter with information about that district.
Hey, about a year ago, I was saying that the problem with claiming Joe Manchin wasn't a good Democrat for West Virginia was that you had to find someone who WAS progressive enough willing to take him on. So here's an update on that. https://twitter.com/AwareAndFair/status/955534103398449152
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