Welcome to my corner of the Internet. My name is Allie, and I’m the BarefootBluestocking. I live in the NorthEastern USA, with my husband, our baby, our roommate, a dozen or so musical instruments, and several hundred books.
The Bluestocking part comes from a (rather old-fashioned and usually negative) word used to describe female bookworms (read this). The Barefoot part is more complicated. At the simplest level, I usually write (as now), barefoot. There is also, of course, the image of the wife barefoot in the kitchen, the place where I do most of my work. In a bigger sense, though, being barefoot is about being free-spirited, natural, and unrestrained – more aware of the small things underfoot.
I’ve put the two together in a spirit of irony – not only that of being both barefoot and stocking-ed, but also that of bringing together academic interests and less-lofty-but-just-as-essential homely pursuits. “Bluestockings” were (and perhaps are) sometimes accused of neglecting their daily responsibilities and being distracted by their books. I believe, on the other hand, that the quotidian work of making a home and imposing order on our part of the universe is no small or unimportant task. Hence, I think – and write – about both the big and the small questions, and imagine that possibly, just possibly, the answers are not unrelated.