This vaine & ridiculous relation

Knitting, Witchcraft, and Feminism
knitting - bender
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Or, Yet Another Example of How Women Did Not Have a Renaissance.

According to the East Midlands Knitting Industry heritage website, Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon, sponsored NOT ONLY a significant troupe of actors, but also the man who invented England's first knitting frame: William Lee. Hunsdon sponsored Lee in his quest to get a patent from Queen Elizabeth, but she refused because of pressure from the hand-knitters who didn't want to lose work and also because Lee's knitting frame produced stockings that were too coarse. He refined his design, but Hunsdon died before Elizabeth agreed to give Lee the patent.

Lee went to France, where he set up shop and continued to refine his design. After Henri IV died in 1610, though, things went south for Lee, and he died penniless in 1614. His son James packed up their remaining frames and men and headed back to England. He sold the frames in London, then went back to Nottingham, joining forces with one of his father's colleagues who had also been refining the frame's design. By the time of the Restoration, Nottingham had become one of the major centers of the stocking-knitting industry.

What is typical about all of this is how much it focuses on men. The history of the knitting industry may also include these stories about the Lee men and their Industrial-Revolution-style improvements in productivity, but what about sixteenth- and seventeenth-century women who knit? Where are their stories? It seems counterintuitive to be demanding for more representation of women in the history of knitting, and yet, that's what we see.

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Book Log 2009
Udolpho
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Because I require a reckoning. Like Everycatman.

So this will be my master list, and I will post reviews of individual books as I feel like it. I don't have a specific goal to achieve; I just want to see how many books I manage to read this year. NB: I am not counting books related to my dissertation, just books read for fun. I'm also still counting books that are re-reads, not just the new ones I read.

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DOIN IT WRONG
lizzie - plz die kthnx
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FAIL, ELIZABETH BEAR.

"I am tired of all of these insults, Internets! I was trying to MODEL what GOOD BEHAVIOR looks like even though my critics were DEAD WRONG. So all of you just STOP TALKING NOW. I am turning this Internet around and going home! You are all grounded! And if you're a POC and if you're upset? SAVE IT FOR WISCON, where those of you who can afford to travel to Wisconsin for a convention can talk about it!

But I'm not racist!"

Yeah. Because telling everybody to sit down and shut up really makes you an ally.

FAIL.

Ralph Fiennes bringing Coriolanus to the screen
doctor who - GLOBE!
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Fiennes will direct and star in Coriolanus.

THIS IS POTENTIALLY BADASS. He certainly has the *acting* chops, so I hope his directing is up to the task.

LOST!!!
lost - desmond
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MY EXCITEMENT IS TOO GREAT FOR LOWER-CASE LETTERS

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