Tag: Olivia Lindem

From Beyond the Grave: Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone

From Beyond the Grave: Edith Wharton’s The Touchstone

Looking at my copy of The Touchstone, I expected it to be one of Edith Wharton’s ghost stories. You can see why – it features a woman holding an eyeless death mask in front of her face, with a man doing the same in the […]

Bookshops in Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Bookshops in Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Whenever I visit Istanbul, I like to stay in Beyoğlu. Hilly, historical, and packed with turn-of-the-century buildings and much, much older landmarks, it makes me feel alive. Cats wander the streets and check in on you as you eat meze and drink cocktails to your heart’s content in […]

At Summer’s End

At Summer’s End

Summer is warm and pink, the same floral dress worn day in and day out. Open in the back to let a rare breeze flow through. Berries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; an endless flow of sparkling liquids. Rain all day, nights spent running through crowds. Attached to tall boys with big smiles and floppy hair, names like the gospel. Walking slightly ahead, their heads turn back to take your hand, to hear you better, to see your face as they finish a story. Musical, in a lazy, distant way.

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How To Dress Like You’re Holly Golightly

How To Dress Like You’re Holly Golightly

How To Dress Like Your Novel is a series in which we explore what Fashion Editor Raquel calls “the pursuit of literary aesthetic coordination.” In this edition, Olivia channels the eternal favorite, one Miss Holly Golightly. When Raquel launched our How To Dress Like Your […]

Race in America – An Introductory Reading List

Race in America – An Introductory Reading List

The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville are impossible to ignore. Where we stand here at The Attic is and should be crystal clear. Where everyone stands ought to be so because there is only one place to stand. There are not and have […]

On (Finally) Reading Nora Ephron

On (Finally) Reading Nora Ephron

We all have that one film that we’ve loved since childhood and that we’ve watched a thousand times because it makes us feel all warm and content and the plot doesn’t so much matter as the fact that we know the twists and turns and find comfort in it all. To me, that film is Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail. I saw it for the first time over October break in the third grade. We got the video cassette tape from Blockbuster, got into our pajamas, and my cinematic world changed forever. I think I watched it twice that week, and then when I went back to school the following Monday, I wrote and gave my “What I Did Over October Break” presentation on You’ve Got Mail. I don’t have my English notebooks anymore, but I remember the little illustration on the side page of Kathleen Kelly, Joe Fox, and the steps of a New York brownstone.

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What’s A Witch To Wear In The Summer?!

What’s A Witch To Wear In The Summer?!

Summer can be a glorious time of year for those who love bright colors, endless tans, and as little amount of clothing as possible. It can be a literal Hell for those who live in black and feel naked without the regulated J.Crew third layer, […]

An Afternoon Punting in the Marais Poitevin

An Afternoon Punting in the Marais Poitevin

When anyone talks about punting, my mind inevitably goes to one place: Venice. I’ve never really wanted to go punting in Venice – the canals smell much too strong and I have an aversion to anything extremely touristy… but the thought of punting outside of Venice? […]

What I’m Taking on Summer Holiday

What I’m Taking on Summer Holiday

The Internet loves to beg the question, “What’s in My Bag?” but we here at the Attic thought we’d take that one step further and have our Editors share the things going into their suitcases. This won’t be a very frequent feature – most of us are, after all, struggling grad students or  quite early on in our careers – but as I’m off on summer holiday tomorrow, I thought I would kick it off.  I’m headed to Western France to visit my partner’s family and stay in his grandmother’s childhood home, and the region is rather warm at the moment so summer is the only thing on my mind.

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What Diantha Did and What Olivia Thought

What Diantha Did and What Olivia Thought

“I’m reading about a novel about a 1910 Martha Stewart!” I told Home & Family Editor Lee last week and then promised her I would share my read, What Diantha Did, with all of you.  Working on early twentieth century women’s fiction, I read a lot of […]