Is Starshower the new Honey Cowl? Only time will tell (but it looks good).

World Premiere: Merle Hazard Takes on Those Thievin’ Bankers

Dear Kay, Oh, it’s ON. Econo-crooner Merle Hazard is back, and he’s headed for a showdown in “The Ballad of Diamond Jim.” Hope you enjoy The Man in Beige in his most dramatic song yet. The PBS NewsHour has a lot of juicy Merle-related stuff over here, including a video interview with the MIT economist Simon Johnson, who watches Merle’s video and does a damn fine job of explaining exactly what the problem is with...

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The Business

The Business

Dear Ann, Fall is Knitting Book Season. New knitting books are coming out fast and furious. People may not be familiar with the Mason-Dixon Knitting Editorial Policy on Book Reviews. These unfamiliar people may include you and me. But what I’ve gathered, from our 8 years plus of blogging, is that we generally talk mainly about things we like. Which doesn’t mean that we are easy to please. In fact, I think we’re kind of...

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Tails of the City

Dear Ann, Some days, I am especially grateful that we have a blog. What do people without blogs do, when something weird and kind of cool happens to them? I guess they have to take their chances with the Metropolitan Diary at the New York Times. Here goes. Scene: Central Park, 8-ish a.m. Dramatis personae/canae: Me/my Olive, my pal Lisa/her Artie Walking along the path to the Dog-Friendly Caffeine Stop, I spy a collar on the ground and pick...

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Viva Los Libros!

Viva Los Libros!

Dear Ann, I had a great Hurricane Irene. Not as great as the clever Mrs. Levin, who used her time in front of el television to come up with @ElBloombito on Twitter, but a pretty fine time. (Listen here to how the Mayor really sounds speaking Spanish. Que loco, no? One suspects that he does it because it’s so darn cute. One almost forgives that whole “let’s forget about term limits, ’cause hey guys, it’s...

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Feisty Friday

Dear Ann, This morning dear Emma tweeted me this video as career guidance for Olive. It’s too, too good not to share. Off to order some Nancy’s Fan Club t-shirts. Happy weekend, all! Love, Kay P.S. Just realized that Nancy has the same theme song as the Nashville Bandwagon. Coincidence? Or soul...

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Garden Fever Has Hit, and a Little Contest

Garden Fever Has Hit, and a Little Contest

Dear Kay, Surely this must go down as one of Nashville’s most glorious spring days ever. Such a day! Never has there been such temperate perfection. The dogwoods are insane. The bees are lying around drunk. It’s got me thinking about a book I finished weeks ago, Margaret Roach’s memoir, And I Will Have Some Peace There. This weather has me thinking about gardening, now that I’m watching the peonies fatten up, and...

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