Monday, July 30, 2012
My first review for Open Letter has just recently been published on their website: Open Letter Books with many more to come. I've currently been working on mainly Latin American texts but I have some upcoming Polish Poetry translations to review. Along with these, I'm also translating and thoroughly enjoying this new challenge.
This past month I've been busily visiting graduate schools, specifically for Publishing and English masters. I've narrowed it down to two cities: New York City and Boston and had a great time in each. While exploring New York City with my mom we visited the Met, saw her favorite fashion and fabric stores and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! In Boston, Brendan and I got to spend some quality time with family, visit the Boston Aquarium and walk along the harbor (not to mention lots of Lobster and Guinness!) Overall, I'm still quite torn about the schools I visited but I'll just keep it in the back of my head for these next couple months and we'll see which school and which city just won't leave!
Monday, July 16, 2012
I've been intrigued by finger tattoos recently. I've always wanted a Jane Austen tattoo but didn't want a large one. My last idea would only have looked nice in a larger size because of its detail but I'm starting to like the idea of Jane Austen's signature on the inside of one of my fingers more and more . . . These are some other finger tattoos that are also really cool!
My room mate and I are finally getting our own apartment, instead of simply college dorms and we're over the moon about decorating it and getting it all ready for a wonderful year! Here's my current inspiration! I love the black and white posters with just that pop of Tiffany blue with very simple, chic additions.
I just finished Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey which was recommended to me by a friend at the Jane Austen Centre. I started watching Downton Abbey while I was abroad and loved the rich cultural and historical nature of the show and the book built upon this perfectly. In the book the current Countess of Carnarvon lovingly delves into the historical details of a previous Countess, Lady Almina who bravely faced World War I by turning her husband's ancestral home into a hospital and after the war aiding her husband in his discovery of King Tut's tomb with Howard Carter. The writing, although relying on vast amounts of historical detail, is fresh and simple and I personally enjoyed the breadth of the subjects focused on, from British society, maintaining old English estates, WWI and Egyptology.