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Friend: “I actually met Jonathan Franzen once. I said the worst, dumbest possible thing.” Me: “Which is?” Friend: “‘Oh, hi, I’m a big fan!’” Me: “Nah, I think the worst thing you can say to Jonathan Franzen is ‘Oh, hi! I thought Infinite Jest was great.’”
“…the present generation tried to achieve a reputation for cleverness by decrying all that was obviously great and obviously good and by praising everything, however obviously bad, that was different.” – Elizabeth von Arnim, writing about our great-grandparents’ generation in 1922. And we thought we were so cutting-edge.
Lately I’ve taken to sending Gene a daily sample of the most ridiculous headline I can find on CNN.com. I would like to share a few from the last month or so: Justin Bieber’s monkey quarantined Dog tattoos: cruel or prudent? Cute woodchuck eats ice cream Saget’s X-rated ‘Full House’ memory Sandwich buyer in a … Continue reading
“You should certainly have more children — not that I like children very much (I find them tiresome) but they grow up into people if you give them time. In my young days parents were not afraid to admit that they found their children tiresome. Now it is considered unnatural and yet people have fewer. … Continue reading
I curate my entire personal library — currently just over eleven hundred books, but there’s room to grow — on Goodreads. Yesterday the word went out that Amazon has purchased Goodreads. Initially I was dismayed, because that’s the reaction everyone has when a Big acquires a Small. But once my knee calmed down and stopped … Continue reading
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I’ve recently discovered that I accidentally wasted 33 years of my life not reading D.E. Stevenson’s books. She wrote what Wikipedia is pleased to call “light romantic novels” and she published one book (sometimes more) pretty much every year from 1923 to 1970. I am making up for my unconscionable lack of judgment now by … Continue reading
You know what I realized today? Fanny Price would be a terrible driver. Imagine Fanny trying to merge: she’d be letting six, seven cars through — basically, she would just sit there until a kind driver in the other lane took pity on her and waved her in. Several times. And I’d be sitting behind … Continue reading
I realized today that my favorite kind of book is a story about people fixing up a house. (Note: I was into these well before we moved here, but living here has certainly not helped.) For example: – Agnes and the Hitman, where Agnes remodels her decaying Southern plantation home to be ready for a … Continue reading
This Christmas — and really the whole year — was especially rich in items to improve my afternoon tea breaks. First of all, I can hear you asking: Can anything really improve the flavor of tea? And of course the answer is no. Not because tea is great — just the opposite. Tea is the … Continue reading