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Reading the Man Booker Prize 2014: “J” by Howard Jacobson

Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road To The Deep North has won this year’s Man Booker Prize! I’m halfway through it, and it’s good, so we all have my review to look forward to. But let’s wrap up the rest of the shortlisted novels first.

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Ayuh Music: The Wallflowers’ “(Breach)”

I will never apologize for liking the Wallflowers, ever.

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A Modest Proposal in Defense of Sucker Punch

The other day, my brother and I went to see Sucker Punch. I’d promised him we’d go together long before I’d heard all the terrible reviews. Despite the warnings of La Belle Amelie and others, I was disappointed. This is not because it was bad or offensive ““ which it was! ““ but because it […]

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Middlemarch Madness

Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Final Vote

It was another record setting night for votes, and both races were so close I didn’t know who was going to win until the last possible minute.  Tonight we’ll vote in the final Sweet Sixteen battle, then tomorrow at this time I’ll reveal the Elite Eight.

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Middlemarch Madness: Sweet Sixteen Day Two

OH THE HUMANITY.  There will be some sad fans in Persephone world tonight, ladyreaders.  We’re sending two more contenders away and adding two badasses to the Elite Eight with tonight’s vote, but first let’s see how last night turned out.   Click on, if you dare!

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Middlemarch Madness, The Sweet Sixteen Revealed

We’re well over halfway done with Middlemarch Madness.  We’ve trimmed 48 brave, wonderful, badass women and young women from our original field, and now we’re down to the final sixteen contenders.  They’ll face off next week, with two poll questions per day instead of our usual four.

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Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 3

Tonight we’ll decide the final four ladies who are moving on to the Sweet Sixteen, and it looks like it’s going to be another tough vote.  Last night, we again beat our top number of voters, so I’m tickled that there are more and more of you coming out to support your favorite fictional ladies.

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Middlemarch Voting Round 2, Day 2

Persephoneers, I kind of don’t want to tell some of you how last night’s vote turned out.  I am totally typing this while wearing a suit of bubble wrap, because I am afraid of how the results are going to go over.  Remember, dear Persephoneers, there’s always next year.  Also, killing the messenger is so […]

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Middlemarch Madness Voting: Day 10

Here we are again, ready to add four new literary badasses into the Sweet Sixteen.  Once again, I don’t think there will be any surprises, but some of the races were closer than I expected.  Click on to find out last night’s winners and meet tonight’s batch of contestants.

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Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 9, Next Round!

We got so many votes this weekend! Everyone came out to pick their favorites, which is fantastic, even though most of you had the same favorites.   As expected, there were few surprises among the ones v. sixteens, but you can see the results after the break anyway.

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Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 8: Ones v. Sixteens

Welcome back! We’re about to tackle our last poll for the first round, on Monday we’ll begin knocking the final 32 into the Sweet Sixteen.  I don’t know about y’all, but I am having so much fun with this I can hardly stand it.  Last night’s voting wasn’t even close, in any category, so I’m […]

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Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 7: Twos v. Fifteens

I’m beginning to see links back to Middlemarch all over the web, and it makes me geeky little heart grow three sizes.  Bookish, clever women for the win!  We’re back to vote in the second to last round of the preliminaries, tonight it’s the two seats v. the fifteen seats.  Last night’s results are also […]

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Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 6: Threes v. Fourteens

Last night was another record setter for votes, with many of you coming out to speak for your favorite lady heroines.  I’m not sure there will be any surprises in the results, but I’d like the Pratchett fans to go ahead and sit down or get a bowl of comfort pudding or the like. 

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Middlemarch Voting Day 5: Fours v. Thirteens

Welcome back to another day of voting, readers! Last night we had the most voters yet, and four races that weren’t even close.  To see the winners and vote on tonight’s contenders, click on!

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Middlemarch Madness Voting Day 4: Fives v. Twelves

Hello! We survived yet another server move! This one was touch and go for awhile, I thought I’d sent our girl Persephone to the underworld for good a couple of times. Since I made you wait on Friday, when we learned we had to move, I couldn’t make you all wait until tomorrow to find […]