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Recently read: Via [personal profile] sovay, an interesting if slightly odd article by one Amy Schwartz on Dorothy L Sayers' anti-semitism. I always knew Sayers was weird about Jews; I find it hard to articulate why I read her stuff anyway whereas I generally avoid other known anti-semitic writers like Chesterton. I did not know either that Sayers once had a Jewish boyfriend, or that she thought it appropriate to publish an article, in 1945, arguing that the reason people are so horrible to Jews is because we had rejected Jesus. I don't know anything about Schwartz, and I'm not sure I share her sympathy or justifications for her subject's prejudices, but it's an interesting piece anyway.

Currently reading: A wild sheep chase by Haruki Murakami. I didn't really get any holiday reading done, because it turned out that partners' children were very very excited about getting access to Liv for a whole week, so they didn't really want me to be spending even a few minutes reading rather than paying attention to them <3

Up next: Will probably still follow up on your recs for Hungary-related books, though so far the only one I've managed to get hold of is A time of gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor (thanks, [personal profile] rushthatspeaks.)

Also, [personal profile] alexseanchai made a love meme. I normally shy away from such things, but right now, I felt like hearing some nice things would be really good for me. And maybe some other people would also enjoy such a thing?

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Date: 2016-08-10 05:39 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ewt
I came back from Somerset today to find another postcard from you -- thank you! :-)

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Date: 2016-08-10 08:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] starlady
I'd agree that the article about DLS was interesting but slightly odd. I certainly had renewed sympathy for her as a person and as a woman of that era in light of the details about her general romantic unhappiness, but I don't know that any of that should affect our evaluation of her general anti-Semitism. Though I would agree that in her fiction hers is different than a Chesterton's.

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