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Things to love…

Just a few things on my wish list: Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Illustrated…Tovicore Leather Card Case…Red Embroidered Pillow Cover… Little Blue Birds Studios’ Owl Art Print…Joe Vintage’s Restored Red Royal…LilyMoon Aviary Brooch… Dolan Gelman’s Found Objects Collage…Claudia Varosio’s Annie Hall Print…Vintage Fan Art Print.

What’s your favorite contemporary book?

I know it’s hard to pick an all-time favorite, so I’ll rephrase: What’s your favorite contemporary book of the moment? For me, it’s Joan Didion’s “Year of Magical Thinking.” It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking. (Photo by Hvidt.)

Poetry and Pottery

Australian poet and potter Kylie Johnson fashions bowls and trays out of clay and then imprints them with sentiments so achingly beautiful that mere words on paper could never compare. She finds a way to capture, so simply, all that is lovely and true. This tray (above) that she did for Anthropologie is especially affecting. […]

Blogroll Updates

It’s a work in progress, my massive blogroll page. I spent the afternoon trying to get it updated. Leave a message here if you want me to add you! (If I forgot you, I’m very sorry!) BEWARE: It rolls longer than the original “On The Road” manuscript… Hope you had a Happy Weekend! Glad my […]

Audrey Niffenegger’s take on Jane Austen

Audrey Niffenegger is not only a wonderful writer (I loved “Her Fearful Symmetry”), she’s also a compelling illustrator. After Penguin Classic’s success with Ruben Toledo’s take on “Pride and Prejudice,” the publishing house turned to Niffengger to re-imagine the covers of “Persuasion” and “Sense and Sensibility.”Here are the results — an entwined Anne Elliot and […]

English Muse Follow Back Campaign

I’m trying to get my act together on Twitter, after neglecting my account there for months. I even forgot my password. So…I’m launching my own little follow back campaign. Here are the rules: If you follow me on Twitter (@englishmuse), I’ll follow you back. (As long as you’re not a perv.) If you follow my […]

Wednesday Media Bits

A little round up of interesting stories on the Internet today: Facebook Targets Instagram with Photo Filters A look at John Galliano fluffing Kate Moss’s wedding veil California Earthquake Snobs: “I don’t get out of bed for under 7.2.” Grace Coddington in Profile Could Amazon Take Down ‘the New Yorker’? I hope you’re having a […]

Circles of Influence

I’ve been looking at this illustration for about an hour now. On one simple piece of paper, you can discover the six degrees of separation between Plato and Zadie Smith, J.J. Abrams and Isaac Newton, and Voltaire and Moby. It was created for the Debt issue of Longshot Magazine by Michelle Legro of Lapham’s Quarterly, […]

Thank you!!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments! It means so much to me! I LOVE the linkbacks to your blogs in the new comment form. I spent most of the day yesterday reading all your posts. I know there are millions of sites […]

Comments Wanted!

I noticed since I moved from Blogger to WordPress, the number of people leaving comments on my posts have plummeted. It’s very depression, actually. I’ve been feeling very alone on my blog lately. I know the WordPress comments form isn’t as simple as Blogger’s, but I made a little change that I’m hoping will encourage […]

Keepsakes: Recipes, Mementos, Miscellany

Frances Hansen’s lovely cookbook1/2 scrapbook, 1/2 recipe file: Some of my favorite cookbooks are exactly like this: packed with personal tidbits and recipes that date back generations. Frances’s book is collage poem to her family, but dedicated to her readers. She writes: “I dedicate this book to all those countless home cooks whom continually put […]

What are you doing this weekend?

Happy Friday everyone… Seems I’ve been writing a lot about Paris this week. I keep getting emails from Air France saying they’re having a grand summer sale with one-way fares around $250. And I really want to go. But, alas, I can’t for now… So here’s to a weekend of vicarious living. I just started […]

Updating my blogroll!

I just noticed that my blogroll cut off in the Bs. So, time to redo it! Do you want to exchange links? Leave a message here and I’ll add you! xo Photo by Cindy Loughridge

An afternoon at Shakespeare & Co., Paris

In 1951 on Paris’s Rue de la Bûcherie, American George Whitman opened an English-language bookstore called Le Mistral. The shop quickly became the center of literary culture in Bohemian Left Bank Paris, filling the void created when Sylvia Beach’s beloved Shakespeare and Company was shut down during World War II. Upon Beach’s death in 1962, […]

UFO over Paris and other illustrations

I love these whimsical illustrations by Los Angeles artist Josie Portillo. She explains the UFO/Paris concept: “For a while now, I have been obsessed with trees, UFO’s and Paris. I thought I’d go ahead and throw all of them in one painting.” Well why not: She did this one for National Public Radio’s 2012 calendar: […]

My Tumblr Obsession Continues Unabated

It’s my favorite form of social media! I’ve completely neglected Twitter and Facebook. Photos above from my August Archive, with credits. Main page here.

Bloomsbury meets Portobello Road — in Paris

One of my friends once joked that even if she became temporarily homeless she’d need a PO box just to get her monthly copy of The World of Interiors. It’s easy to understand why. So few magazines capture the British Eclectic sensibility as marvelously as this glossy tome. An article in the September issue on […]

Monday Inspiration: Stitched

Dottie Angel Katie Haddox Fiona Watson Buitenlander {Jewelry & Wall Wear } I really want to learn how to do embroidery. It’s my next craft pursuit!

Happy Weekend

Thank you for making the move this week with me from Blogger to WordPress! I hope that you’re liking the new format and slideshow. Thank you to Paris photographer Candice Lesage for permission to use her gorgeous Jane Eyre photos. The blog is still missing some of my old post comments. Not all of them […]

Movie Posters Re-Imagined

Great books turned into fantastic movies: With posters re-imagined by London artist Claudia Varosio. Many more in her Etsy store.

Homespun Style: Frillie Designs

I came across these photos by Shella of Frillie Designs the other day. They’re snapshots of her house in a little coastal village in Essex, England:   Shella’s home will be featured in a new book, called “Homespun Style,” by interior stylist Selina Lake and photographer Debi Treloar. This is going to be an amazing […]

What are you reading?

This is my first time asking this question here on my new template! I’m looking for new books to take on our trip to the lake. Any suggestions? (Photo by Brooke Schmidt.)

Summer Evenings, Continued…

Cool breezes and showers (captured on GIFS created by Jamie Beck.) Enchanting. Follow my blog with Bloglovin Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Jane Austen’s Manuscript, a Treasure of Pen and Ink

To love good writing and the novel is to love Jane Austen. Even when harshly sweeping, her judgments are so elegantly put that they convince absolutely and seem to absolve those who share them of any hint of condescension. For example: “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good […]

English Muse’s New Home

Hello everyone! Welcome to the new home of English Muse here on self-hosted WordPress. After three years on Blogger, I decided it was time to make the move. I’m now officially at  Thanks to this brilliant tutorial by Beautifully Invisible  the move was less traumatic than I expected. I’m still making fixes and uploading thumbnails. […]

Cats, Small and Large

Here in my little office with my working companions…Kali, 8 pounds, and Shoes, 18 pounds. 

A Very Good Saturday Night

I changed my Tumblr theme (snapshot above, new page and photo credits here.) And I started a new book, “Everything Beautiful Began After,” by Simon Van Booy. It’s a love story, set in Athens, and this is how it starts: “For those who are lost, there will always be cities that feel like home. Places […]

Textile Covers on Classic Books

I admit it: I’m a textile junkie. I keep fabrics, large and small, stacked in clear boxes. So I was excited to discover that Virago Modern Classics has again teamed up with textile designers to create covers for another set of modern classics. (Including one of my favorites, The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy.)The designers […]

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