The Long and the Short of It: In the interests of self-effacing honesty, I call myself a pseudo-intellectual, as in one who has had no “training” in her line of work. Past the second grade I have received no formal education. What you see on my blog is the result of homeschooling, self-schooling and ceaseless improvisation. When I was 14 I read The Mayor of Casterbridge because I wanted to be the sort of person who read classic literature. I developed a taste for the accomplishment and within a year embarked on War and Peace. At 16 I decided to become a self-styled scholar and began digesting The Harvard Classics. The more I read, the more widely I wanted to read. I thereafter made the leap from a diet of canon classics to a progressively more challenging and adventurous aesthetic, launching this blog as a result.
I review literature. I write posts detailing my experience with The Harvard Classics. In all I write, I strive for excellence and try to build my own professionalism. I do not limit myself by any literary ideology – traditionalists have no interest in foreign literature and multiculturalists censure the “dead white canon,” while middlebrows are scared of the experimental edge, self-professed “decadents” border on parody and feminists have no use for The Alexandria Quartet.
This suffices for an introduction. I also run a second, more informal blog – The Benefits of Cold Coffee – in which I am taking a chronological tour of record albums, from 1950 to today.