Category Archives: Humorous

Proust drops in at 44 Scotland Street

Alexander McCall Smith, 44 Scotland Street series (2005 – no end in sight) If you like your soap operas literate, breezy, quirky, and in book form, then the prolific Mr. Smith* has a few options for you. I settled into … Continue reading

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Bigamous reading

When I haven’t the energy to read Proust, I read something else. In that respect, I’m no different from anyone else. But the other day my daughter commented on how strange it was that I was sitting on the couch reading … Continue reading

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A set of Pyms

Latest books as I work through the 2015 Reading Challenge: Excellent Women, Barbara Pym (1952) and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Edgar Allan Poe (1838) Perhaps these two books shouldn’t be reviewed in the same post, for they have … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2014

I was searching my shelves for old copies of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series and couldn’t find any. Evidently, in some crazed clear-out, I must have gotten rid of them. When my daughter was in 4th grade, these books were all … Continue reading

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Summer omnibus, part 1

Once again I find myself with a foot-tall stack of books I’ve read but not yet reviewed for my followers, next to a stack of papers to grade and projects to complete for school, which started 3 weeks ago. Normally, … Continue reading

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Any news?

Watch out, friends and colleagues: I plan to start speaking like a true Tillingite, asking “Any news?” when I run into people, and replying with an astonished “No!” if they reveal something gossipy and exciting. My recent trip to Rye made me eager to … Continue reading

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Master of antanaclasis

Happy Towel Day! A quick tip of the hat to the incomparable Doug Adams, whose works I’m rereading before I head off on my summer sojourn. Here are 2 examples of one of his favored devices (antanaclasis), both from volume … Continue reading

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Henry Pulling’s Middle Age Crisis

Graham Greene, Travels with My Aunt (1969) Nestled in a playground near my apartment is a Little Free Library, to which I frequently contribute, and from which I frequently borrow, although I’ve yet to return any of the borrowed books. The other … Continue reading

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Three more shorties

Before I get caught up in the semester rush: R J Palacio’s Wonder (2012) is a perfect rendition of what I remember as the torture of being a ten-year-old. That first year of double digits, with all it implies about leaning … Continue reading

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Most people are familiar with at least one character from the works of William Steig (1907-2003): Shrek, that sweet but lonely ogre who leaves his cave to find his place in the world, which ends up being back at his … Continue reading

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