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V.S. Naipaul Is a Moron

By: Miss Marm

Famed grumpypants V.S. Naipaul, whose novel A Bend in the River makes us violently sleepy, thinks Jane Austen—and all women!—are sentimental

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Books for an Austen-Loving Doyle Fan

By: Miss Marm

There's nothing more fun than recommending books, except perhaps recommending books while eating cheese fries. So I was delighted to get this email:

My name is Jess and I was recently reading a blog you posted about someone's thesis on the Crucible. I then clicked around on a few links and noticed you can recommend books, which i find always fun. So could you please recommend a few for me?

I'll give you a little description about myself so you don't feel at a loss.

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Where Do You Write?

By: Miss Marm

I feel weird writing when someone else is in the apartment. God forbid someone barges in and asks me what I'm writing about; I basically turn into Mel Gibson. Sparkler jazzie9328 has a similar condition:

Okay so i have a very weird problem. I love to write (hint thats not the problem) the problem is that i just can not get myself to do this with other people around. Even in my own bedroom I have a hard time writing when someone is in the house. They usally come bursting into my room, scaring me out of my writing world, plop right next to me and say, "Hey what ya writing? Can I read it!" Do you have any sugjestion on how to get over this or other places i could write without being disturbed?

Jazzie, we're in good company. Jane Austen didn't like writing around other people, either, and she didn't have a private place to work. She used to scribble on tiny pieces of paper, which were easy to hide whenever someone came into the room.

I think you have three options here, one of which I've stolen from

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