Monday, December 19, 2005

Loving Jenny Davidson

Alice just added a link to Light Reading, a blog by Jenny Davidson, one of Alice's Columbia literature professors. Curious, I read a bit, and it's fantastic. Snip:
My junior year of high school I spent the month of January (we all got the month off for an independent “junior project”) writing an (incomplete) faux-Jacobean play, inspired partly by my obsession with Webster et al. but also written in the spirit of The Crying of Lot 49 and a lovely remark in the early pages of Gertrude Stein's Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. I don't have the book with me, but the Stein passage goes along the lines of "When Gertrude Stein was eight years old she decided to write an Elizabethan tragedy. She wrote the first stage direction, it said 'Enter courtiers, making witty remarks.' Then she couldn't think of any witty remarks so she went and had supper instead." (My courtiers didn’t make witty remarks either.)
This is the kind of stuff that makes me want to join you in grad school land, Alice...

Link to her Amazon reviews.