The Lady of Shalott

The Lady of Shalott

MA in Canadian history who enjoys snacks, cleaning, sparkly things, and living in bizarre rural parts of Canada with her boyfriend and complaining about it.

On A Shopping List From the 1897 Sears Roebuck Catalog

@myeviltwin It's a pessary. It's an old-fashioned way of supporting the interior vaginal area following uterine prolapse or other issues.


Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:59 pm 2

On For Emily M. Keeler, Who Interviewed the Prince of Pricks

Wait, Truman Capote? My grade 12 Composition teacher taught us Truman Capote, in a suburban Catholic school. I did not realize he was being !!REVOLUTIONARY!!

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0

On Sweet Dee

Okay, WHY is there so much spam here? Is it impossible to have a spam filter or at least have the spam comments deleted? I'm tired of reading five + spam comments on every article.

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 9:01 am 2

On Spite Houses, Ranked by Spite-ness

Also wow, the spambots are getting out of control on this site.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm 9

On Spite Houses, Ranked by Spite-ness

I have been angry--very angry indeed sometimes--and the thought of designing and building a house best suited for Flat Stanley still makes me cower and gawk at that level of rage.

cutting that side of the house off from sunlight, fresh air, and anything that isn’t a very angry brother going “THIS IS YOUR FAULT, YOU JACKASS.” Presumably. I think that's 100% correct. 100%.

More of this please!!!

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm 7

On The People Have Spoken, and The People Want SWANTS

I cannot condone wearing various items of clothing on body parts for which they were not intended, BUT

Karen Brewer also invented wearing sweaters as pants in the Super Special "Snowbound" and went around singing about her sweater-pants in....I don't know, 1992?

I don't even want to know how smart I could be if I didn't have bits of Baby-sitters Club trivia clogging up my brain. That and every single detail of the American Girl canon.

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm 1

On Internet Work and Invisible Labor: An Interview With the Fug Girls

Dear Heather and Jessica, I am so happy to see you doing so well and interviewing on the Hairpin! I have been reading your website since the Olden Days, kept up with you guys from TWoP to SF's many iterations, etc. etc. I love your site, and you both seem so lovely and down-to-earth, and I am just ridiculously pleased with all of this. (And as a huge Kate Middleton fangirl, I appreciate that too.)

I am also so glad that your website is free (from you guys) from any sort of snippy body-snarking that is so prevalent on celebrity fashion sites. It's exhausting and awful and I'm glad to see a place where you can say "wow her skirt looks like it's made of feathers and string and chewing gum with little spiders hanging off the edges, it's like what would happen if my grandma's upstairs closet was the theme on 'Project Runway'" without anyone chiming in to say WELL SHE'S FAT SO WHATEVER. So thanks, I appreciate that too!

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm 5

On Saying No to Juice

@mynamebackwards My horrible manager at my former retail job used to go on the awful cayenne pepper-maple syrup cleanse or whatever, during work hours, and she was a raging bitch to us and to customers as well. She would stand at the back of the store and bitch about every customer who left. Then at the end of her shift she would wander over to the food court, buy herself a fried chicken breast from KFC, and eat it in view of us at the store, then come back and tell us how the cleanse was making her feel SO AMAZING.

She was such a weirdo I can't even. I really feel like if you work in customer service you owe it to other human beings not to forcibly starve yourself.

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm 1

On Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Most Kissable Hands of Pola Negri

My Polish dad came thisclose to naming me Apollonia and now I desperately wish he had. It was a family name, but then I could also have this awesome, tragic story to share, even in the small way of names.

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm 1

On The Male Profession’s Female Relative

WAIT A SECOND. I clicked, totally at random, on the Storekeeper's Niece, and found this:

"Mike Williams thinks the little redhead is too pretty to share Amos' nasty disposition, and once her sharp tongue crosses a line with him, he turns her over his knee for a good spanking. That's nothing, though, compared to his outrage when he learnes that Becca is determined to find her uncle's killer. Sparks fly as the Sheriff and the Storekeeper's Niece go at it in front of the whole town!

The Storekeeper's Niece is an old-fashioned Western, with traditional spanking of adult women in an historical setting."

What??????? AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THESE BOOKS. I am so...I had no idea this was a thing.

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm 3