“The Last Dream of My Soul”: Literary Words of Love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, dear bluestockings, and whether you’re a soft-hearted romantic or that guy who blames the holiday on greeting-card companies, there’s no denying the importance of celebrating the lifeblood of human relationships: LOVE. Last year, in honor of Cupid’s day, we shared Bas Bleu’s picks for our favorite literary couples. This year, on behalf of you lovers seeking the perfect words with which to woo your valentine, we’ve gathered sixteen soul-stirring quotations from—where else?—classic literature. Continue reading

On Love and Marriage

Love OrnamentNext month, one of our editors will officiate a wedding, a situation for which she has been granted a terrifying amount of leeway. To prepare, she did what any self-respecting bluestocking would do: scoured novels and poetry collections to mine the romantic musings of writers more expert than she. Now we’re offering up a baker’s dozen of her literary discoveries for your benefit. Continue reading

Writers Reviewing Writers

Recently, we stumbled across several old book reviews of now-classic books. That’s not unusual, of course; thousands of books are reviewed every year in newspapers and magazines across the country. Some of them are bound to become reader favorites. And yet what sets these reviews apart are their authors, bestselling writers in their own right who turned a writerly—or, rather, readerly, as writers tend to be voracious readers—eye to their colleagues’ contributions to the literary realm. Here are a few of our favorite excerpts, Continue reading