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Welcome to Why I Really Like This Book, a podcast series about books that ought not to be forgotten. The podcasts were written, recorded and edited by me, Kate Macdonald, from 2011 to 2014 in a house in Brussels. I'm an English lecturer and an lifelong rummager in second-hand bookshops, and I write a lot about books, so podcasts was an enjoyable way to talk about what I was reading.

The intro music is by The Tribe Band, and the illustration is by Harriet Marsh.

In 2014 I stopped recording podcasts and moved to That's my personal site where I post information about my books and articles, the research I do, and where I post book reviews twice a week. Many of the reviews are the scripts for the podcasts, so I keep this excellent Libsyn site going so anyone passing by can listen to three or more years of podcasts. One day I may start recording again.

Jun 14, 2012

Wigs, flounces, fans, sprites, epic card games, and the calamitous consequences of the cutting of a lock of hair: Alexander Pope's satire on the heroic epic, The Rape of the Lock, is neo-classical fun and games. it's also a sly social commentary on women's lives and the wasted days in the lives of the rich and bored. For those who like to take counsel as well as tea.