A book to read: Elaine Showalter’s A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx. Showalter, a professor at Princeton who has written on women writers before, is getting glowing reviews for the breadth of her coverage and the depth of her research and criticism. She includes writers we’ve never heard of and delivers biting assessments of those we know well. Gertrude Stein, for example, is “unreadable, self-indulgent and excruciatingly boring.” I feel vindicated. Thank you, Elaine.