The Tartan Detective?

When I promised a post about my reading on Tuesday, I had originally been thinking of a generic book review post. The books in question were Susannah Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and The Dress Detective by Ingrid Mida and Alexandra Kim. The former is an alternative history of the Napoleonic wars with magicians … More The Tartan Detective?

A Kilted Colloquy

Not to cater to stereotypes, but the image above was one of the very first I took after arriving in Edinburgh. I hadn’t really slept the night before my 12-hour flight to a country I’d never before set foot in, but was intending to live in for a year. And I can’t really sleep on … More A Kilted Colloquy

“Indian Shawls”

With Monica’s guest post, and subsequent discussions by Lizzie at The Vintage Traveler, I have been inspired to revisit a topic dear to my heart — Kashmir shawls, and their European imitations. ~~ ‘I have spared no expense in [Edith’s] trousseau,’ were the next words Margaret heard. ‘She has all the beautiful Indian shawls and … More “Indian Shawls”

Savagery and Satire

SATIRE 2b. the employment, in speaking or writing, of sarcasm, irony, ridicule, etc. in exposing, denouncing, deriding, or ridiculing vice, folly, indecorum, abuses, or evils of any kind. —     Oxford English Dictionary “I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through my work… Let’s break … More Savagery and Satire