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The Columbus Day reading thread

Lily Fairbairn
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Oct 9 2012, 2:34pm


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Yesterday was Columbus Day here in the U.S. of A. You don't hear many people these days saying "Columbus discovered America", thank goodness. I've always been enchanted by an image of several canoes full of Chippewa, for example, landing on a beach in Spain and loudly proclaiming they discovered it Tongue

Along with my usual newspapers, websites, and magazines, I did a bit of comfort reading this week: John Mortimer's Where There's a Will. Yes, this is the author of the Rumpole mystery stories, which I love both in the dramatized and written versions. Except this book is a collection of short essays by Mortimer on his life and the state of the world, in the guise of a will. (He did pass away several years ago, sadly.)

The essays range from Shakespeare to Velasquez to women and children to drinking and writing to the practice of law and the existence of God. He writes so well and so wisely that every paragraph seems to hold an aphorism. For example, from the essay on Political Correctness:

"The fact that words are held in such great awe is no doubt flattering to writers. We are dealing in goods which are thought of as being as deadly as bullets, as destructive as Exocet missiles."

The book is a quick but profound read.

And what of y'all? What have you been reading?



Subject User Time
The Columbus Day reading thread Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 2:34pm
    comfort reading as well Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 9 2012, 3:41pm
        "Comfort" literally, then! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 4:57pm
            actually Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 9 2012, 7:31pm
                I'll definitely have to look for it, then! // Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 7:47pm
    Overlords, Assasins & Happily Ever After NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Oct 9 2012, 6:44pm
        Oval Evillord! I love it! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 9 2012, 7:46pm
            Imagine if he'd lived & written for another 20-30 years! NottaSackville Send a private message to NottaSackville Oct 9 2012, 8:29pm
    If audiobooks count, I finally finished listening to "Emma" squire Send a private message to squire Oct 10 2012, 2:00am
        Yes, audio books do count! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 10 2012, 1:32pm
        Prunella Scales is an excellent reader/performer... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 10 2012, 1:44pm
            Same for me with P&P. AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 10 2012, 2:32pm
        Ha! AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 10 2012, 2:29pm
        Squire, do you think your students would AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 10 2012, 2:36pm
            I dare say, I feel tempted to treat your offer as kindly as I should your company. squire Send a private message to squire Oct 12 2012, 2:03am
        "Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society" Annael Send a private message to Annael Oct 11 2012, 2:54pm
        I really enjoyed Crime and Punishment zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Oct 14 2012, 2:55am
    The Last Plantagenets Elberbeth Send a private message to Elberbeth Oct 10 2012, 6:29pm
    Haha! Love it! zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Oct 14 2012, 5:58am

 
 
 

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