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  • The history of Charles Dickens (sort of) via the Smiths (sort of)

    "As everybody knows," sings Charles Dickens, "I started writing prose." Under the 19th-century facial hair is English actor and musician Mathew Baynton. He presents the life and works of Charles Dickens in a three-minute pop song that sounds like it...
  • Why conservatives can applaud same-sex marriage

    Yesterday afternoon the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, following this week's Supreme Court ruling that declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional, lifted the stay on same-sex marriage in California. Promptly, Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier,...
  • What would Jane Austen think of a 12-foot wet Darcy statue?

    What would Jane Austen think of a 12-foot wet Darcy statue?
    When Jane Austen wrote "Pride and Prejudice," she didn't imagine a sexy Mr. Darcy emerging from a pond in a dripping-wet white shirt. Yet thanks to the filmmakers behind the 1995 miniseries of the novel, viewers got to see Colin Firth, as Darcy, do...
  • Blame the Nook? Barnes & Noble chief executive resigns

    William Lynch, the chief executive of Barnes & Noble, resigned Monday. The news was announced late in the day Eastern time, effective immediately. Lynch had been CEO since 2010. Should we blame the Nook? Barnes & Noble's efforts to battle the Amazon...
  • Sculpture of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy rises from London lake

    Sculpture of Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy rises from London lake
    Remember the moment in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" when Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy emerges from the water? Swimmers in London’s Serpentine Lake have a large-scale reminder of the brooding and dashing Darcy --...
  • Amazon announces new comics imprint, just in time for Comic-Con

    Amazon announces new comics imprint, just in time for Comic-Con
    It was only yesterday that I asked my editor when Comic-Con begins, because the comics-related announcements seemed to be ramping up. Sure enough, Tuesday morning Amazon Publishing announced a new comics and graphic novel imprint, Jet City Comics. It...
  • Boston Remains Devoted To Hosting Afternoon Teas

    Boston Remains Devoted To Hosting Afternoon Teas
    BOSTON — Dining at the Boston Harbor Hotel on Rowes Wharf comes with views of mega-yachts. But the four women who have gathered for tea by a window at the hotel's Sea Grille only have eyes for a three-tiered assortment of edibles. Tea sandwiches...
  • Statue of wet Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy installed in London lake

    Statue of wet Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy installed in London lake
    As if the opportunity to watch “Downton Abbey” three months before everyone in America weren’t enough, here’s yet another reason to move to England:  An enormous statue depicting Colin Firth as a dripping wet Mr. Darcy in the...
  • 'The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P' chronicles the life of a serial dater

    'The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P' chronicles the life of a serial dater
    With courage and determination and more than a little bit of moxie, Adelle Waldman set out to crack the code. For her debut novel, a modern-day comedy of manners called "The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P," the Baltimore-raised author decided to explore...
  • Jane Austen to grace Britain's 10-pound note

    LONDON -- The Bank of England swallowed its pride and overcame its perceived prejudice Wednesday by designating Jane Austen as the new face of the 10-pound note, bowing to public outrage over the possibility that only male historical figures would be...
  • Kelly Clarkson bought Jane Austen's ring -- but can't bring it home

    Kelly Clarkson bought Jane Austen's ring -- but can't bring it home
    Singer Kelly Clarkson, the first "American Idol" winner, bought a ring at auction that belonged to author Jane Austen, but the British government won't let her take the ring out of the country. The gold and turquoise ring cost the "Tie It Up" singer...