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01 March 2017


I don't think you can lay the blame of woman shouldering the burden of birth control on Planned Parenthood. If our society were behind men taking responsibility, then PP would support that. As it is, PP is an endangered resource...we'll see what happens politically under the new administration. If a woman is low income, Planned Parenthood is often her ONLY resource.

On a lighter note, I have been thinking about what kind of non-fiction you could read that would help both your mood and Mr. CR's concern for you. What about some good Victorian true crime?

That's fair (as re: PP). But men taking responsibility has to start somewhere. Why can't PP at least address that? Put some resources into developing the male birth control pill? Educate men on the absolute necessity of wearing condoms and educate women that they have enough worth to DEMAND that men wear condoms? Women should be well within their rights to kick any man "who just doesn't like them" to the curb.

We've got a book here right now about Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle--a new one I can't remember the name of and Mr. CR has it hidden somewhere currently. Maybe that will do the trick. So some Victorian true crime is not a bad idea! Any titles spring to mind?

Or maybe just a good Victorian novel. Maybe some Elizabeth Gaskell? Maybe now is the time I finally TAKE the time for some Anthony Trollope?

I love Trollope! So if you are hankering after a fat Victorian novel to get stuck into, he would always be at the top of my recommendation list.

I haven’t read a lot of Victorian true crime. I don’t read much non-fiction; I just read your blog so I can converse knowingly on it! : ) I have read “Mr. Brigg’s Hat” (way better title than the dumb U.S. one “Murder in the First Class Carriage) by Kate Colquhoun which I really liked. I also have a copy of “The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher” by Kate Summerscale on my shelf, but have not got to it yet.

mMMMMmm Trollope. Where should I start? "The Warden"?

I skipped the Victorian and went for True Crime: David Simon's "Homicide," on which the TV show "The Wire" was loosely based. Mr. CR says my notion of "lighter" reading is totally messed up, and I suppose he's right.

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