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Notes on Reading the Iliad While Watching Game of Thrones

You settle in to the couch and feel pleasantly cultured, with a copy of Lattimore’s translation in one hand and the full cast of Britain’s Next Top Model in front of … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Party Like It’s 1922: Great Gatsby’s Guide to Partying with 100 of Your Most Sophisticated Friends

By now, unless you are living under a rock without Wifi, you have an opinion of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Perhaps you found Luhrmann’s 3-D film adaptation of F. … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Gaudy Interview: Matthew Goodman

Matthew Goodman is the author of three best-selling works of nonfiction. His latest project, Eighty Days: Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World has been published to wide … Continue reading

July 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

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

Rosie the Riveter Meets Harriet Vane: Reflections on the Class of 2013 and Dorothy L. Sayers

The class of 2013 have been commenced. Oprah and Agent Seeley Booth shared their advice, Grandma and Granddad have taken their photos, celebratory vacations have been celebrated, and now the … Continue reading

June 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Gaudy Interview: Shavanna Calder

 Shavanna Calder is an award-winning actress originally from Northern California. You may have seen her in the Networks national tour of Hairspray the musical as any of the Dynamites or Little … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Having It All Over Again: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the Esquire Argument

We’re having the “Have it all” debate again. While perusing wedding blogs for no practical reason, I stumbled upon Richard Dorment’s latest piece for Esquire, entitled “Why Men Still Can’t … Continue reading

June 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Gaudy Interview: Mason Currey

Mason Currey is the author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013), an intriguing study of the daily routines practiced by artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, poets, and others. His … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

The Gaudy Commencement: June 2013

Dear Friends, Followers, Readers, Collaborators and Conspirators: We are ones for grand gestures and mad manifestos. We appreciate stereos upheld on suburban lawns, “We the Peoples,” and Aaron Sorkin monologues. … Continue reading

June 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Cult of the Bluths: Welcome to the Arrested Development fandom

Now the story of a girl who was depressed when her favorite show was cancelled, and the day it came back with fifteen episodes all at once. It’s Hannah’s arrested … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

In Conversation With: Dante, Dan Brown, and the Paradox of Familiarity

In Conversation With is our new series where we reflect and respond to pieces in national media. This week, we’re looking at Joan Acocella’s essay “What the Hell?” a consideration of … Continue reading

May 24, 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

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

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

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

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