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'Maybe scorched-by-a-fire-set-by-your-husband’s-doomed-secret-wife is the new shabby chic'

Inside Higher Ed features Susan Harlan's book Decorating a Room of One’s Own.

The idea for the book was born out of an essay, a “house tour” with Jane Eyre, that Harlan wrote for The Toast, an online humor and feminist writing website.
“Thornfield Hall became an accidental decorating inspiration, an idea that struck me as darkly funny, given the tragedies and horrors that the house holds. I grabbed my laptop and started to take notes while I watched the movie,” she wrote in the book’s introduction. “What if Jane were interested in paint colors and cushions? Maybe scorched-by-a-fire-set-by-your-husband’s-doomed-secret-wife is the new shabby chic.”
Her first essay turned into a series for The Toast, and after the site shut down in 2016, she decided to turn the essays into a book. (Emma Whitford)
The Spectator reviews The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare.
The stark, wintry landscape evoked in Clare’s luminous prose — those ‘days as bright as a magpie’s cackle’— is magnified by the influence of other nature writers, Emily Brontë, Wallace Stevens, Louis MacNeice and Patrick Kavanagh among them. (Juliet Nicolson)
Singer Kelly Clarkson talks about books on People.
Another childhood favorite of Clarkson’s was the book Matilda by Roald Dahl, though her taste has changed since then. She says her favorite book now is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
“Boy, that says a lot about me with those two,” Clarkson says with a laugh in the clip. (Brianne Tracy)
Daytime Confidential has a recap of the latest episode of Days of Our Lives (season 54 episode 38):
She realizes the baby needs a name because Abs is smart. She names the baby while we were in other segments, but doesn't tell us exactly why she's now called Charlotte! That's the wee babe's name. Chad reminds us the name is after Charlotte Bronte, Abigail's favorite author. (Joshua Baldwin)
On Books and Writing has selected Wuthering Heights as the best writing of the week.


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