+ Whoa. I had such a long comment on Jaq's 'should I read Jane Austen?' post that I think I'll re-post (most of it) here:
as i was saying, i can answer you by editing your own words:
WHAT??!! Put down the worn copy of The Illuminatus! Trilogy and start reading her now, dummy! She's right up the alley of a romantically-inclined fellow like [your]self.
start with 'Pride and Prejudice'. if you want more, read 'Emma' and 'Persuasion'. 'Sense and Sensibility' would be next, though it's her 1st novel and a little flatter.
movie-wise the 5 hr BBC P&P is non pareil. 'Persuasion' and 'Sense and Sensibility' are both very good. neither recent version of 'Emma' is good (i'm comparing all of these to the books). 'Clueless', on the other hand, (which not many people know is an adaptation of 'Emma') is really smart and fun. in fact, we felt like the Paltrow 'Emma' was trying to be period 'Clueless' and didn't really succeed.
my favorite thing about Keira Knightley is that she looks like Natalie Portman (bet it's yours, too). she doesn't draw me to a movie.
on the other hand, i would like to see Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood mashup. Incidentally, it has a Keira Knightley number of 1 because the director, Gurinder Chadha, also directed 'Bend It Like Beckham'.
Sorry for the long comment/post. You inspired me!
+ Dorothea has a post about life after academia. It could pretty easily be applied to 'what to do if your chosen career path comes to an abrupt end'. Makes me want to look up Herminia Ibarra's Working Identity (discussed briefly here ).
+ That BTK killer sure sounds sick. Chilling and gripping at once...
+ In light of the negative ruling today, EFF's ideas about P2P and artists making money. (via B/t thought...)