Genevieve Valentine appears in the following:
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Of the many problems facing dictionary authors past and present, the most predatory of them seem to be — in order — time, politics, and ghost words. And if you're already pulling up a tab to Google "ghost words," You Could Look it Up is written just for you. A ...
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Sometimes you want your history close to home. It's a good thing, then, that Ruth Goodman seriously commits to her research. In How to Be a Tudor, billed as "a dawn-to-dusk guide to Tudor life," she recounts her experiences with lower- and middle-class daily habits, including Elizabethan hygiene regimens (not ...
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Reading The Tale of Tales, Giambattisa Basile's 17th-century book of fairy stories, is both exhilarating and exhausting. If that sounds like a warning, it is. If that sounds like a promise, well, good news.
Perhaps most importantly, the book's an erstwhile history course, and for those who enjoy a sense ...
Thursday, January 21, 2016
"It was hard — terrible, sometimes — but that's life, real life! Know what I'm saying?"
There's something both handy and unfortunate about a classic novel brought into a new market after a major motion picture with the same general concept. "It's like Inception" is the quickest, cleanest way to ...
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Between exhibits at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, there's an interactive behind-the-scenes playground. You can record Marilyn Monroe's lines in the ADR booth; you can plug goofy sound effects into Jurassic Park. Sure, some of it's just to amuse kids (make the raptors meow!), but if you ...
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Find someone who's read Little Women, and you'll find someone with opinions about Little Women. There's something almost as comforting about the well-worn arguments as about the book. It's a pillar of a literary childhood, or it's a treacly, preachy domestic fable. Jo should have accepted Laurie, or Jo should ...
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Crimson Peak's previews hardly bothered with the ghosts haunting its dilapidated mansion. It didn't need them. Mia Wasikowska runs down moonlit stairs in a nightgown with a ten-foot train — that's all you need to know. By now, the Gothic speaks for itself, and it's trained us to listen....
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
There's no such thing as an objective cultural history; that's just the nature of the beast. Every student brings something to their research, and every reader brings something to the text. And that's before you get into the idea of memoir as an approach unto itself. Documentarian Alex Mar walks ...
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Any historical account worth its salt knows this underlying truth: The two fighters in any face-off are never alone. They stand atop a hundred things that buoyed and buffeted them until they came to be staring one another down. When Harry Houdini (yes, the legend) showed up at 10 Lime ...
Monday, October 05, 2015
"But I will sustain myself
With nothing more than the perfume of jasmine flowers..."
If you don't know the Ancillary series by now, you probably should. Ann Leckie's sociopolitical space opera almost singlehandedly breathed new cool into the stereotype of spaceships trundling through far-off systems amid laser battles. It helped ...
Saturday, September 26, 2015
"The journey would have been pleasant in most circumstances ... but because you were there, it was wholly delightful."
-- Winifred Holtby, in a letter to best friend and companion Vera Brittain
In Anne of Green Gables, passionately impulsive Anne Shirley throws herself into a friendship with her easygoing neighbor ...