About the authors
Amid Amidi is an award-winning historian and critic. He is the author of multiple books including Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation (Chronicle Books), and the publisher of Animation Blast magazine. He is also co-founder of the popular animation industry blog Cartoon Brew and the online short film site Cartoon Brew Films.
Levi Asher is the founder and editor of a literary blog, Literary Kicks, and a political blog,
The Cherry Orchard. Other recent online credits include Pearl Jam, Words Without Borders, History Channel, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Asher lives in Queens, New York, has three children and enjoys writing poetry, playing guitar, playing poker and posting to way too many blogs at once.
Meredith, taking a page out of Charlotte Bronte's books, has turned to the world of teaching (French, in Cleveland, Ohio). Between grading and planning, she maintains The Bronte Family website, a result of years of Bronte-related excursions, writing, and marvelling at Mr. Rochester's ability to attract readers despite the fact that he locks away his wife. Forgoing the Rochesters of the world, Meredith met her own "good, just, and faithful" Mr. Crimsworth while they were both teaching in France (not quite Belgium, but still...). She looks forward to sharing her love of culture and literature with her students ( and she'll manage to slip Bronte into French class somehow).
Wendy Boswell is a writer living just outside of Portland, Oregon with her husband, three kids, one large dog, and three cats. She writes about the wonders of the web at About Web Search (part of the New York Times company), does consulting work for a variety of enterprising startups, and for two years scattered the productivity love over at Lifehacker, one of the most popular and well-read blogs on the webernets. On the less technical and non-efficiency-contributing side, you can find Wendy blogging at Snarky Gossip, Gryffindor Gazette, Stewie's Playground, and Hunky Blog. Wendy has just finished her first book titled The About.com Guide to Online Research, and when not zipping around on the Internet's series of tubes loves to go hiking, watch corny sci-fi, and paint.
Called "laugh-your-lunch-out-your-nose funny" and "absolute hilarity" by its readers, Finslippy has been nominated for several awards, including Funniest Blog (2005 Best of Blogs) and Best Writing of a Weblog (2006 Bloggie Awards) and has been cited by such publications as Redbook and the New York Times. Finslippy has also been the Featured Blog on Typepad. Alice Bradley, the site's creator, is a fiction and comedy writer who has appeared on Bravo.
Christina & M
BrontëBlog was born in 2005 when a group of Brontë enthusiasts from all sorts of backgrounds got together in the hopes of finding out just how alive the Brontës were in modern culture. The answer soon came loud and clear: VERY.
The Duchess of Devonshire's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
Born in the wrong century, Heather Carroll is an art historian specializing in British art. On her blog, The Duchess of Devonshire's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century she discusses Georgiana, the 5th Duchess of Devonshire and her inner-circle. Together with Lauren Puzier from Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide, Heather divulges the most scandalous of information and rumors of the 18th century. When she isn't glued to her blog or her books Heather fulfills her never-ending need to travel.
Seth is a seventeen-year-old high school student in Baltimore, Maryland, and a member of the American Library Association (ALA). Along with his father, Seth is co-webmaster of Flamingnet Book Reviews (www.flamingnet.com), a nonprofit website dedicated to promoting reading and featuring student book reviews. Seth was recently the recipient of the Plum Award from DoSomething.org for his work as a social entrepreneur and the Sagebrush Corporation Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the ALA. The Sagebrush Award honors a member(s) of YALSA who has developed an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults. When not working on Flamingnet or studying to keep up with a challenging academic schedule, Seth can be found pursuing tennis, robotics, and photography, or just curled up in his favorite chair with a good book.
Mother May I
Downtown Women's Club
The Savvy Gal's Guide to Online Networking (or What Would Jane Austen Do?) (2007) and Table Talk: The Savvy Girl's Alternative to Networking (2003). In addition, she reviews business books for Entrepreneur magazine, and blogs for www.womensDISH.com and the Boston Globe. Diane and her son live by the ocean in Massachusetts where she often ponders "just what would Jane Austen do?"
Natalie Zee Drieu
In 2003, Robert Duffy created music blog donewaiting.com in Columbus OH. In 2005 Robert Duffy is the founder of donewaiting.com, a music blog based out of Columbus OH. In 2005 he started micro-record label Sunken Treasure Records. In October 2008 he's getting married.
For several years, he wrote a monthly technology column for Playboy magazine and has written for The New York Times Magazine, Popular Science, The Hollywood Reporter, and Business 2.0.
Mark is the author of several books, including The Happy Mutant Handbook (1995, Riverhead) a guide to offbeat pop culture, Mad Professor (2003, Chronicle) a book of bizarre science experiments for kids, World's Worst (2005, Chronicle) a guide to the worst stuff on earth, and The Computer, an illustrated history of computers (2005, Carlton books). He's currently writing a guide to online tricks and tips, called Rule the Web (2007, St. Martins).
His illustrations have appeared in Wired, The Industry Standard, Children's Television Workshop, Turner Cable, and Time Warner.
Wife. Writer. Mother. Friend.
Jessica Gottlieb is a social media strategist in Los Angeles. She holds degrees in Kinesiology and in Education. Jessica has spent the last eleven years building businesses and communities online, and is very grateful that her job finally has a name. Jessica is Web 2.0.
USA Today Tech Space
Mommy Needs a Cocktail
Amanda Hirsch is a writer and performer, and the former editorial director of PBS.org. Her blog, Creative DC, showcases and inspires creative living in the Washington, DC area. She lives in DC with her husband, Jordan, her dog, Cosmo, and the occasional rat. Follow Amanda on Twitter at @amanda_hirsch
Henry Jenkins is the Co-Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of twelve books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide, Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture, The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture, Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture, and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games.Jenkins writes regularly about media and cultural change at his blog, henryjenkins.org. He is one of the principal investigators for The Education Arcade, a consortium of educators and business leaders working to promote the educational use of computer and video games and of the Knight Center for Future Civic Media, a joint effort with the MIT Media Lab to use new media to enhance how people live in local communities. He is one of the principle investigators for GAMBIT, a lab focused on promoting experimentation through game design, and of Project nml, a MacArthur Foundation funded project that develops curricular materials focused on promoting the social skills and cultural competencies needed to become a full participant in the new media era. Jenkins has a MA in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Eden M. Kennedy
Eden M. Kennedy was born and raised on Velveeta and Spam in the suburbs of the American West. She has driven cross-country six times in a Volkswagen. Eden is co-creator of the popular website "Let's Panic About Babies!" She has two Web sites: Fussy, her personal blog, and yogabeans! where she uses her son's actions figures to demonstrate the great primary series of Ashtanga yoga. Her husband believes she could develop her unlimited potential if only she'd disable her e-mail.
writer, cartoonist, designer
Austin Kleon is a writer, cartoonist, and designer. He's best known for his Newspaper Blackout Poems--poetry made by redacting words from newspaper articles with a permanent marker. His first book, Newspaper Blackout, is forthcoming from Harper Perennial in April 2010. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Milo.
author, journalist, professor
Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist born in Ara, Bihar; he grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty and delicious mangoes.
He is the author of Husband of a Fanatic. He has also written a book of poems, No Tears for the N.R.I.. The novel Home Products was published in early 2007 by Picador-India. His forthcoming book, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, is a writer's report on the global war on terror.
Kumar serves on the editorial board of several publications and co-edits the web-journal Politics and Culture. He is the script-writer and narrator of the prize-winning documentary film, Pure Chutney (1997), and also the more recent Dirty Laundry (2005).
Amitava Kumar is Professor of English at Vassar College.
A sixth-generation Seattleite, Heather Laurence will always be a little wet behind the ears. Her web site Solitary Elegance is best known as a resource for all Northanger Abbey-related radio plays, stage plays, and screenplays. Her own screenplay, Northanger Ranch, received an Honorable Mention at the 2006 Gloria Film Festival. She also maintains her family blog >(GimletBlog) and writes for AustenBlog.
Laura McDonald is a web designer by trade who enjoys long walks on the moors--er--hills of Central Texas. She spends an inordinate amount of time making ebooks by the gals and posts them for free on her website Girlebooks.com. Girlebooks has the lofty aim of making classic and lesser-known works by female writers available to a large audience through the ebook medium.
When not publishing ebooks, she reads and watches adaptations of said ebooks and sometimes scribbles down her opinions.
His mom still cuts his hair.
Born: October 3, 1979
His writing has been featured in popular magazines, including WIRED, Business 2.0, Popular Science, and MacWorld.
Merlin writes and consults on a Macintosh computer in the Parkside District of San Francisco.
43 Folders has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Economist, The NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and many more national and international media outlets.
Of the over 30 million sites currently tracked by Technorati.com, 43 Folders is consistently ranked in the top 100.
Terrie Miller CritterGeek.com
Terrie Miller publishes CritterGeek.com and CitizenSci.com. She lives in Northern California with her husband Steve, dog Laika, cats Buddy and Scout, snakes Ringo and Dash, and lots of bird feeders. In her day job she's the online manager for the Maker Media division of O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Moxie Ask MoxieMoxie (not her real name) is a mother of two who lives in New York City. Five years ago, she was joking that the sweetest job in the world would be syndicated advice columnist. Now she's an internet advice columnist (instant syndication!) at www.AskMoxie.org helping people deal with how to be parents the way they want to be. When not answering questions about looking at potty training in a meta way, Moxie works for a small software company, picks Lego pieces out of the bottoms of her feet, and watches innumerable episodes of Word Girl and Fetch with Ruff Ruffman.
Laurel Ann Nattress
Laurel Ann is thrilled to be returning for her second contribution to Remotely Connected after blogging about Miss Austen Regrets last year. A life-long acolyte of Jane Austen, on a whim she was inspired to create Austenprose, a blog honoring the brilliance of Jane Austen's writing, and also co-blogs at Jane Austen Today, with Vic (Ms. Place). She delights in introducing neophytes to the charms of Miss Austen's prose as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble, who kindly support her in her passion by allowing her to order far too many Jane Austen books into the store in her attempt to sell them to the most unlikely customers. An expatriate of southern California, she lives near Seattle, Washington where it rains a lot.
A native of Jersey City, NJ, Joe Pagetta currently handles media relations for Nashville Public Television and the Nashville Film Festival. Like many English majors -- he has a B.A. from St. Peter's College -- he's had a diverse working career that has included stints as a sports and news reporter, a retail designer and a music business marketing professional, among other things. Through it all, he's remained a singer-songwriter, writer and a sponge for the arts, notably of the film, music and literature variety. When he's not busy trying to relate with the media, or maintaining the NPT Media Update blog, he posts his essays and blogs on his own web site and accompanying Cultural Sponge Blog at joepagetta.com.
Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century
Lauren Puzier is an art historian who created and is the author of the history based website, Marie Antoinette's Gossip Guide to the 18th Century. This contemporary, tell-all site, explores the absorbing age of Louis XVI. It focuses on art, architecture, fashion, music, scandals, and our favourite débutantes of the period. The site coincides with the Georgian perspective at Georgiana's Gossip Guide. A history lesson wrapped up in a modern gossip column and tied with satin ribbon, it is easy to get lost in the Gossip Guide's presentation of the fascinating past.
Republic of Pemberley
In 1996, Myretta fell in love with an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and went looking online for others with same malady. She found Amy Bellinger and, together, they built the Republic of Pemberley, a site that has grown to unexpected size and popularity. Myretta still manages it.
Eventually, Myretta decided to try her hand at her own version of the period. Kensington Publishing published Once Upon a Sofa and Just Say Yes in 2005. Her second book was a finalist for The Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award. In her spare time, Myretta is a technology manager at Harvard University.
The Happiness Project
Rubin started out her career in law; she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor when she realized that she really wanted to be a writer.
Her bestselling FORTY WAYS TO LOOK AT WINSTON CHURCHILL and FORTY WAYS TO LOOK AT JFK are brief, unconventional biographies that explore the lives of these two great leaders and, at the same time, examine the limits of biography. POWER MONEY FAME SEX: A USER'S GUIDE is biting social criticism in the form of a user's manual. She also has three terrible novels safely locked in a desk drawer.Raised in Kansas City, she now lives in New York City with her husband and two young daughters.
Jane Austen's World
The Daily Galaxy
Donna Schwartz Mills
The Egalitarian Bookworm Chick
Sarah Marian Seltzer is a freelance journalist in New York City. She blogs as The Egalitarian Bookworm Chick? about literature and pop culture, with a special emphasis on tv adaptations of literary classics.
author, professor, blogger
Jane Austen Quote of the Day
Phillip Torrone is a New York City based author - he is currently the senior editor for MAKE Magazine, a contributing editor to Popular Science and writer for Howtoons. In his spare time he designs open source electronics and uses high powered laser beams.
Laurie Viera Rigler
Having spent several years writing her first novel and reading all those proclamations about how aspiring novelists were more likely to win the lottery than ever get published, Laurie is passionate about encouraging other writers to realize their dreams. One of her greatest joys is teaching classes in storytelling technique at Vroman's, Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore.
In addition to teaching writing workshops, Laurie blogs for her own site, Jane Austen Addict, and is a frequent guest blogger on various book and culture sites. She has also taken up tweeting Jane Austen's NORTHANGER ABBEY in 140 characters or less, having recently completed a Twitter version of PERSUASION. Perhaps EMMA will be next.
Simon Winchester studied geology at Oxford and has written for Condé Nast Traveler, Smithsonian, and National Geographic. He is the author of A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, The Map That Changed the World, The Professor and the Madman, The Fracture Zone, Outposts, Korea, among many other titles. Simon Winchester's most recent book is The Man Who Loved China (HarperCollins). He lives in Massachusetts and in the Western Isles of Scotland.
Alexandra Zapruder began her career as a member of the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served as the researcher for the museum's exhibition for young visitors, Remember The Children, Daniel's Story, and went on to become Assistant Director of the Oral History Department, recording the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. She earned her Master's Degree in Education at Harvard University in 1995 and returned to Washington in 1996 to work on the creation of a traveling version of Remember The Children.
In 1992, Alexandra began researching diaries written by young people during the Holocaust. Ten years later, her work resulted in the publication of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. She also served as the guest curator for an exhibition of original young writers' Holocaust diaries, entitled Private Writings, Public Records, which was on view at Holocaust Museum Houston from October 2001 - February 2002. She wrote and co-produced I'm Still Here, a documentary film for young audiences based on Salvaged Pages, which aired on MTV in May 2005. The film was awarded the Jewish Image Award for Best Television Special by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and was nominated for two Emmy awards.
In 2005, as a guest writer and editor for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, she wrote Nazi Ideology and The Holocaust, which was disseminated to teachers and educators across the country. Since then, she has continued to work as a freelance writer for the Holocaust Museum and other clients. At present, she is researching and writing a book for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters on the unique relationship between Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters Union, and the State of Israel.
Alexandra is the mother of two young children and attempts to balance the demands of motherhood with her work as a freelance writer and editor. She hopes one day to return to several unfinished writing projects in fiction and non-fiction. She and her family live in Washington, D.C.