Monthly Archives: May 2007

Thoughts for Thursday – A guzzle of dyspepsia

Dyspeptic. Isn’t that a good word? Means both “indigestion” and “disgruntled.” I like a word that is a multi-tasker. Barkeep! Another round of dyspepsia! And fresh horses for the men! +++++ There are none so blind…as those trying out new … Continue reading

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Top 10 satires

Here is a good list from the UK Guardian on the “Top 10 Satires.” The only one I’ve read is Catch-22 (long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away). Coupla TBRs in here:1) Um, didn’t know Cervantes wrote stories.2) … Continue reading

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Diddling with Edgar Allan Poe

From “Diddling Considered as One of the Exact Sciences,” (a mock scientific treatise) by Edgar Allan Poe: A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles. To diddle is his destiny….Diddling, rightly considered, is a compound, of … Continue reading

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Thoughts for Thursday – Randomness

My secret thought, exposed on a public web site. This is what keeps me up at night (and far away from my keyboard): The physical act of writing a book may not be difficult, but there’s a big difference between … Continue reading

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What is wrong with the modern novel?

What is wrong with modern literary novel, asks Julian Gough in the May 2007 Prospect. Even if you don’t think anything is wrong, this article delivers some interesting food for thought for readers and writers alike. His basic premise is … Continue reading

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Bye, Proust; hello, Cervantes!

Red-letter day: I finished the second volume of Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. While In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower wasn’t as satisfying overall as Swann’s Way, it did provide the patented Proust moments of awe, as well … Continue reading

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8 Random Things about Little Ole Me

Amanda A. at The Blog Jar tagged me on this meme, but I state unequivocately that I cannot top her list! Hard to come up with much; I’m neurotic, but only in the most mundane sort of way. But here … Continue reading

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