“A large number of literary females are excellent needle-women, and good housewives.” Etiquette for dealing with the authoress, from 1854.
You might see the headline “5 Books with Awful Original Titles” and think, Oh, how bad can they be? And then you read the list.
George R. R. Martin enjoyed the new Gatsby. In case you were wondering.
Meanwhile, Joyce Carol Oates takes to Twitter to discuss the experience of media. “If you are a writer, only writing really engages your concentration & excitement—even reading is a relatively passive activity.”
May or may not be competent needle-woman.