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!
Chuck book manuscript finished and mailed to publisher. Now on to the next project. (At least, until the proofs arrive.)
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.
A tune by my brothers’ wonderful, but (alas!) no longer existing bluegrass band, Retrograss.