Raw, adjective: 7. brutally or grossly frank: a raw portrayal of human passions

Babies on the brain this morning, as it seems like everyone I love is due to pop one out in the next few months. Aunt Rach has so many good children's books to buy!! I just spent far too long on Bambino Durbano's Amazon.com wishlist. Definitely missed my calling as a children's librarian.

So, speaking of kids' lit, ran across this piece in Slate yesterday that made me smile. Anne Shirley turns 100 this year - can you believe it? Our favorite smart sassy soulful redhead seems much more of this century than last, which is why it's all the more remarkable that L.M. Montgomery's iconic literary creation has weathered a whole century without aging a bit.

Check out Meghan O'Rourke's paean to Anne of Green Gables, her "radical alertness" and her "sensual," "almost pagan" relationship to nature. This spirited, iconoclastic, brilliant, unapologetic little redhead was (and is) so responsible for so much of who I am today. I can't begin to overestimate her influence on my own life. And I'll definitely be throwing the Anne books at every little girl who crosses my path in the years to come.

Also: Gilbert Blythe! 'Nuff said.

100 Candles (Slate)


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