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What Gaudy’s Reading: Week of July 4

We thought we’d take a day to make a list (in the spirit of Sontag) of what we’re reading this week. Great Literature, Works of Whimsy Jonathan Franzen, Freedom (Hannah) – Two years … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cooking with Cooked: Michael Pollan and the Power of Metaphor

For me, the smell of summer is the smell of time, wafting, lollygagging: time to roam thrift stores, read about productivity and St. Augustine, and time to cook. Cooking is … Continue reading

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

In Conversation With: The Cocktail Party Trap

In Conversation With is our new series responding to pieces in national media. Today we’re taking a look at Ian Crouch’s The Curse of Reading and Forgetting in The New … Continue reading

June 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Some Notes on the Acquisition of Books at the Library

The evening (it must be evening, for that is when the sense of book starvation is most acute) is now twilight. You leave the house in a light sweater and … Continue reading

April 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

In Conversation With: Relationships Are More Important Than Ambition, According To…

In Conversation With is our new series reflecting on and responding to pieces in the national news. Today we’re considering the nature of cultural authority in “Relationships Are More Important Than … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

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