Summer with Austen

I typically summer with Jane Austen.  I am re-reading Persuasion, next to Mansfield Park my favorite of the novels.  But I am also reading Stuart Tave’s brightly commanding Some Words of Jane Austen–one of the best books I have ever read, not just on Austen, but period.  It is a book that could only be written after long, exacting immersion in Austen, but also only after long, exacting immersion in the moral art of common life.  What a book!

Some Words of Jane Austen (Phoenix Books) - Stuart M. Tave

Summer’s the Worst (Video)

Something light and cool and bittersweet as the wet electric blanket of the Alabama summer enwraps us.

And, yes, I’ve posted a different video of this song before, at the beginning of another summer.  Hard to know the song, live here and not hear it in your head as summer descends.

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