Fairies are, by and large, irredeemably indolent

I just finished reading the Crooked Timber seminar on Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. It features guest-blogger/author of the book Susanna Clarke, and is certainly worth working your way through. If you can read only one, I vote for Henry's piece, but you may enjoy something else more. Also, do not read it if you haven't read the book and are planning on doing so.