The phrase rattling around my head right now is: “Reader, I married him.” This is a famous quote from Jane Eyre, and the ‘him’ is, of course, Mr. Rochester. My version today is: “Reader, I went to see her.”
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Title Image: Main entrance to the Rubenstein-Perkins-Bostock Libraries, West Campus, Duke University On February 10 I am hosting the Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and the Romance Novel symposium at Duke University. It will be held in the East Campus parlors of the East Duke Building from 2:00 – 5:00.
When all the ceremonies, speeches and marches are over, what’s left? Here’s what I saw on this wet and atmospheric Sunday morning:
Benjamin Franklin is well known for his many famous quotes. He is less well known for knowing how to turn enemies into friends. Franklin served in Pennsylvania’s colonial legislature (1736– 1764) both as delegate and as elected clerk of the general assembly. When he ran for his second term as... read more
Note: see my related blog The (Dis)Honesty Project. Last week Bill Adair gave a packed talk at Motorco in downtown Durham entitled “The Truth-o-Meter, Pants on Fire and fact-checking the 2016 election.” Adair is the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and the... read more
In the front lobby of the new West Union building at Duke University is this intriguing structure, the Truth Box (pictured above). To the right of the box is a table, above which you see a silhouette of a red Pinocchio. On the table there’s a bin with red-bordered Honesty... read more
Title Photo: Duke’s West Campus, seen from the dorm quads In April, when I left Durham, North Carolina for my around-the-world trip, I was not expecting to return to Duke University in September and find it one of the more surprising places I’ve been in the past few months. And... read more
Note: This blog was first posted earlier this year. I am reposting it because when I was in Romania over the summer a friend described to me a new show one of her friends was watching. I said in some astonishment, “I think you’re talking about Flip or Flop.” Indeed,... read more
Bikini v. Burkini Okay, I’ll weigh in.