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The Best Pride and Prejudice Quiz/Flowchart Redux

Test yourself, and enjoy. Apparently, I’m a Darcy. Thanks to The Anglerfish Magazine for this magical, magical piece of fandom. Advertisements

January 31, 2013 · 4 Comments

Happy Birthday, Pride and Prejudice!

Hello, world! We’ve been absolutely terrible bloggers, it’s true. But we’re back to kick of the greatest week in the last hundred years: yes, it’s Jane Austen week here at … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Letters of Love or Something Like It: Hampton Court Palace, or, more accurately, Lucy Worsley

After walking approximately seven miles yesterday, today’s journey into the bowels of English life was no less exhilarating, but perhaps slightly less physically strenuous. We became intimately acquainted with the … Continue reading

January 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gaudy Editors Abroad

Did you miss us? We all like sheep have gone astray. One of our New Years’ resolutions is to improve our consistency in posting on this lovely blog, and in honor … Continue reading

January 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

At the Cinema: An Introduction

In this, my inaugural Gaudy post, I shall begin, as Oscar Wilde would any of his gaudies, with some theatre of the mind. So please relax and close your eyes … Continue reading

November 15, 2012 · 3 Comments

Sorkin’s Election

Right now, Aaron Sorkin is cursing Nate Silver. In Sorkin’s world, the 2012 election would have gone down to the wire. It wouldn’t have dragged out in manner of the … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · 20 Comments

Political Antidotes: Reading Edmund Burke in a Spirit of Revolution

Welcome to Election Day. We’re almost done. Like Abigail on Youtube, many of us ache for the democratic process to be over (though some of us fear that democracy itself will … Continue reading

November 6, 2012 · 2 Comments

Gaudy Editor on The Huffington Post

I’m still not sure why I love reviews so much, and yet come to literary criticism with caution, and occasional reluctance. Perhaps it is because I’m afraid that that one … Continue reading

November 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Of tulips and tennis-players

On the first page of Gaudy Night, Harriet Vane entertains the possibility of revisiting an old friendship, which soon becomes the revisiting of Oxford, first in mind and then in body. Oxford … Continue reading

October 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

An Apology for the Paucity of Posts

In the Italian tradition, your Gaudy editors have not completed any Gaudy work during this month. Instead, we have celebrated the spirit of Ferragosto, or, depending on how you looked … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Letters of Love (or something like it): Forever Lazy®

The next installment of our continuing series of love letters to people, places, or products who we revere—but who will never love us back. Dear Forever Lazy®, You had to … Continue reading

July 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

What We’re Reading

“Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life,” says Stephen King in On Writing. Here at Gaudy, we celebrate the reader and the writer and that means celebrating reading twice. I think. … Continue reading

July 18, 2012 · 1 Comment

If Katherine Hepburn Ran the Zoo

“I actually think he’s the new Spencer Tracy,” said Aaron Sorkin. Sorkin was describing Jeff Daniels, who had been called “the new Cary Grant.” I approved the reference, being quite … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Gaudy Manifesto

This is a long-form Gaudy essay and perhaps the most important one. In this piece, Hannah explains our rather unorthodox title, its history and why we’ve chosen it for this … Continue reading

July 14, 2012 · 4 Comments

What’s in an Omnibus?

One of my favorite books that I own is the Dorothy L. Sayers Omnibus. It’s a three-in-one volume, containing Whose Body?, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, and Suspicious Characters (later retitled … Continue reading

July 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Food for thought

A brief note: I wrote this during the great thesis debacle of 2011, which, ironically enough, focused on visual consumption and cultural identity. The only way I could string together … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Letters of love (or something like it): Google

Letters of Love (or something like it) is our continuing series of letters to celebrities, dead authors, inanimate objects, or search engines who will never respond. Suggestions for Letters of … Continue reading

July 9, 2012 · 2 Comments

Puzzle for the Day: Used Bookstores

There are few things in life that give me more pleasure than walking into a used bookstore. The anticipation looms as I walk in, hoping, praying that it’ll live up … Continue reading

July 7, 2012 · 1 Comment

The Evolution of the Taylor Swift Music Video

This is a Gaudy long-form essay, the third in our continuing series. I heard Teardrops on my Guitar for the first time the same year I got cable TV. “This … Continue reading

July 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

When surrounded by hipsters

We thought we were going to hear a homeless Gospel Choir. In our defense, the concert title was “Homeless Gospel Choir.” English happened to be our first language and so … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Gifts from Nora: A Remembrance

The thing I remember most about the summer that my grandfather died was that each morning, my mother would get up at an ungodly hour and watch You’ve Got Mail. … Continue reading

July 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Doctor Who and Jesus: Doctor Who, River Song, and Steven Moffat’s Messianic Narrative

This is a Gaudy long-form essay, the second in our continuing series. Consider yourself spoiler-alerted. From its inception in 1963 to its rebirth – or regeneration—in 2005, the BBC’s Doctor … Continue reading

June 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Brief & Incomplete Poetic Analysis of Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” has been on my mind. I can’t decide whether the lyrics drive me insane, or whether I approve of its call for committed romantic … Continue reading

June 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Letters of Love (or something like it): Sir Kenneth Branagh

This is the first in (what promises to be) a long collection of letters to celebrities, writers, fictional characters, and inanimate objects, all of whom either will never or can … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

Gaudy Theories on Books Lost and Gained, Part I

Book people are odd specimens. Human beings are odd in and of themselves; then there are literate human beings, who promptly set about to convert the illiterate; and then there … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Of dogs and writers and caves

When I walk into the cave, I see chaos. A tub of basketballs; a box of tennis rackets and helmets; golf clubs; a weed-whacker; the upstanding red wheelbarrow, upon which … Continue reading

June 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Dollhouse Living: Pastiche and the Wes Anderson Experience

This is a Gaudy long-form essay, the first to be posted on this blog.  Despite the fact that I was born eighty-six years too late, I had a genuinely happy … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Gaudy Tweets


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