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Andrea Kaston Tange

@aktange

fascinated by minutia

Literature professor (19c studies) & lover of quirky details. Researching: travel & empire, photography history. Writing: eccentric family memoir. Pondering: how we talk about "the humanities." Admiring: ephemera, starlight, a perfect turn of phrase. Gardening: zone 4b.

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  1. Mid-project. My thimble is in the sewing cabinet on the sleeping porch, to get to which I have to walk through the guest room in which someone's currently sleeping. In an instant, my years in the coll
  2. As 2022 winds to a close, may your new year begin delicate as this fairy snow on winter lilacs.
  3. My fall detective fiction class loved each other so much that they didn't want the semester to end. I'm currently on the most wholesome reply-all email chain in which they're setting up a separate cha
  4. A MN story: Four separate drivers pulled over to help a fifth free his stuck car from thick piles of churned up, unplowed snow at the mouth of an alley. They called out directions to him--straighten t
  5. In a grave strategic error, I spent all day yesterday (high of 32º) cleaning things, finishing indoor decorations, and going rock climbing with a friend. And then today dawned 1º and never got out of
  6. The thing about having a daughter is that you will have a skirt-twirling figure of delight in your house for years and years and years. (Image: a high-schooler whose interpretation of today's school d
  7. Long fascinated with the wacky Christmas cards that circulated in the 19th century, I spoke with Maddie Goodall about the history of her family's business and what it's like to be collecting these art
  8. Long fascinated with the wacky Christmas cards that circulated in the 19th century, I spoke with Maddie Goodall about the history of her family's business and what it's like to be collecting these art
  9. A thing you don't know when your kid goes off to college is that one day, not long after, he will be revising things for his final portfolio in an intro creative writing class, and you will get to see
  10. I have a new coffee mug full of peanut m&ms thanks to campus tradition, so I just mindlessly reached for a treat while reading and accidentally plunged my fingers into my water.
  11. Can anyone explain why every single human child (apparently) plays "the floor is lava"?
  12. This entire thread is pitch-perfect brilliance, and you should read it slowly and savor it.
  13. If an apartment were described as "two rooms & a bath with dressing room" in 1926, would you assume it had one living area & one bedroom or two bedrooms plus living area? Would you assume kitchen was
  14. "I love being such an adult that I have plumber's tape in the toolbox." <-- Thing I just said aloud, while tightening nuts for the new sink faucet, as if someone had demanded I prove I was middle-aged
  15. I have found a new product line that leaves my hair soft and curly and manageable and all the good things. But now my hair doesn't smell like my hair, and it's very disconcerting to catch a whiff of s
  16. Having spent a healthy lot of hours recently combing public records (census, birth, death, marriage), I've learned that names are spelled higgledy-piggledy, and you have to search for a lot of variati
  17. Lackadaisical historical records

    Having spent a healthy lot of hours recently combing public records (census, birth, death, marriage), I've learned that names are spelled higgledy-piggledy, and you have to search for a lot of variati
  18. A memory

    4 yr old: "Mama, look, I wrote you a note." Me, looking at the curly-cues and scribbles on the tiny scrap of paper: "Oh, sweetie. Thank you. What does it say?" Her, witheringly: "I don't know. I can't
  19. THIS THIS THIS. Accessibility isn't just a bells-and-whistles detail like dark mode or a new feature like DMs. It's a thing that should be baked-in from the get-go. @noam
  20. positively exquisite thread for your Sunday morning browsing

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