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Joan Didion Honored at the White House

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Joan Didion was one of 24 leading figures in American arts and culture who gathered on Wednesday in East Room of the White House, where President Obama made the annual presentation of the National Medals of Art and the National Humanities Medals. She looked so frail as she made her way, with a special escort, […]

English Muse Giveaway: The Vintage Tea Party Book (Closed)

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Up for grabs this week: Angel Adoree’s “The Vintage Tea Party Book,” from Anthropology! “A complete Guide to Hosting Your Perfect Tea Party.” THE WINNER IS GAGAN! Thank you everyone for entering. Look for next week’s giveaway! xo Tina  

Awesome People Reading

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From Tumblr blog aptly named Awesome People Reading.

From the Desk of Jane Austen: 100 Postcards

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How did I not know about these amazing Jane Austen postcards?! Found these photos tonight on The Daydream Princess tumblr blog. Found them for sale for $13.60 a box on Amazon!

* Twenty * Women * Twenty*

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week exercising his feminine side and delving into women, women and more women. It used to bug me how, at a certain point at parties, half a dozen of the most interesting women would get up and stroll to the ladies room. Their reason, I came to understand, was neither […]

She survived cancer. Endured a married lover. But when she lost her job, Dominique Browning had to reinvent her life.

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week in awe of a woman in pajamas. “Slow love” is a good description of the way I’ve come to know Dominique Browning. After decades of a nodding acquaintance when we worked at glossy magazines, we started reading the other’s web sites. There was a chance meeting at a dinner, […]

“Wow, Josh Ritter, holy freaking wow.”

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week cheering for the singer-songwriter adored by English majors and the men and women who adore them. I love silent days crafting sentences alone, but if you put a gun to my head and told me I’d have to trade my maid’s room for the stages of music clubs and […]

Easy to say ‘Be patient.’ Much harder to do it when you’ve just jumped out of a crashed plane in Burma, drenched in fuel, and are on fire.

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, thinking he really ought to meditate more often. “Peace can be found within, no matter the external circumstances,” Allan Lokos writes in “Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living.” “Forgive me, Allan,” I thought, when I read his book for the first time. ”You may be the founder and guiding teacher of […]

The best novel by the favorite writer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is about a woman who lives off men.

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, here to present a woman who feels much worse than you can in the dull bottom of February. The favorite writer of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is said to have been Jean Rhys (1890-1979). If so, that says a lot, for the main character in a novel by Rhys tends to be […]

The Fault in Our Stars

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Illustration by Foxtales.

Warren Beatty and Julie Christie Star In The Best Western You’ve Never Seen

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, checking in between winter storms. And thinking: It’s a lot colder in this classic movie. So why not suggest it? Readers will feel better about themselves as they watch a great film they may have missed. Robert Altman liked to say he hated Westerns. He didn’t much enjoy working with Warren […]

“Arsene Lupin, gentleman burglar, will return when the furniture is genuine.”

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week wearing le smoking and smirking. Arsene Lupin — you know him not, but to generations of European readers he was the French Sherlock Holmes. Well, better than the Brit detective. Holmes was on the side of the law, a stodgy enterprise. But Lupin was a burglar. A gentleman burglar. […]

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is my favorite modern American novel. Buy it. Read it. Hate it? I’ll buy it from you.

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, this week making you an offer you can’t refuse. It was the spring of 1983. On a long plane trip, I started reading “The Queen’s Gambit.” The author was Walter Tevis, who had also written “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and “The Hustler” (and who would later write “The Color […]

Eat, Sleep, Read Local

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I was in Washington DC last week for work. The trip wouldn’t have been complete without time spent exploring at least one local bookstore… This sign was posted at Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle… I know it’s counterintuitive to shop for books and magazines while traveling…Definitely undermines the concept of traveling light… Like local grocery stores, […]

It was written for kids. It’s just right for you.

Jesse Kornbluth, of HeadButler.com, with a book for all ages. What I love about great novels — maybe what I love best about them — is how much they make me feel. That’s become more and more important to me over the course of this last decade, because most of every day I — and […]

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