On the Shelf
The Netherfield Ball, and Other News
January 18, 2013 | by Sadie Stein
In honor of Pride and Prejudice’s two hundredth anniversary, the BBC is re-creating the Netherfield Ball at Chawton House, Hampshire. The unfortunately named Pride and Prejudice: Having A Ball at Easter, which will air on BBC 2, is for some reason ninety minutes long, and we would like an invitation.
The Bell Jar, meanwhile, is a spring chicken at fifty.
Philip Roth disagrees with most readers as to which of his novels are the best.
What is the obsession with ranking things? May we rephrase? Here are a few of America’s best bookstores.
If Mr. Eliot had to have a day job, why is it that writers and poets today are so cagey about what they do to pay the bills? Or, as someone at a Williamsburg party once put it, “What do you do—not for money?”