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The Netherfield Ball, and Other News

January 18, 2013 | by

  • 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?”

  • 3 COMMENTS

    2 Comments

    1. Amy | January 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Sabbath’s Theater really is the best.

    2. brooklynite | January 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      I think Sabbath’s Theater is widely regarded by Roth-heads as the best one.

      otoh, AP was my least-favorite.

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