the closed door

Today I ask the ridiculous, the impossible, the uncomfortable: If Darcy had never turned his proud ass around, might Elizabeth ever have regretted refusing Mr. Collins' marriage proposal? If marrying with affection never came to be, could Lizzy ever regret her choice?

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the flâneuse herself

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Lauren Elkin, author of "Flâneuse: Women Walk the City." If you're at all interested in Elkin (she's a completely fabulous individual) and her work or the idea of a female "flâneur," check out my blog post on my university's website!

what about bingley?

Sometimes readers scoff at Austenites and their consuming love for Mr. Darcy. Why? Because he was tactile, proud, and--let's be honest--rather rude. Instead, these readers and Darcy critics ask, what about Bingley?

Photo borrowed from Creative Commons.

Photo borrowed from Creative Commons.

mr. Darcy's Apology

Is anyone else familiar with the filler apology? It's just kind of a reflex, like dodging a wrench that's thrown at your face. If I bump someone on the street, they get a "sorry!? 

the what if? vortex

The what if? vortex is essentially the action of mentally repeating past decisions, unrealized meet-cutes, and failed dates over and over and over. Asking yourself what if? opens the door to a soul-crushing vortex that sucks you deeper and deeper into regret. 

miss bennet & the militia

Lydia Bennet: the impetuous Bennet sister who flirts with anything in a uniform. These days, that sort of confidence (or impertinence) can really go either way: he could admire your boldness and it sparks a connection or conversation, or he might roll his eyes and walk away. I've seen both of these scenarios play out.

growing up as mary bennet

Growing up, I was more Mary Bennet than Elizabeth Darcy, so here are just a few lessons we can learn from the least social Bennet sister.