2008 01 29
History comix

From Spencer, by way of Wondermark, artist Kate Beaton has made short comics about 20 historical figures. They’re great and you should go look at them.

Howls of outrage (3)

2004 07 27
The 2004 Bulwer-Lytton Prize

Posted by in: Language, Literature

Ben Hammersley informs us that the winners of the 2004 Bulwer-Lytton Prize (for bad writing) have been announced. The honourable mention Hammersley quotes is awfully funny, in a completely disgusting sort of way.

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2004 07 25
Book Notes: George Eliot’s Middlemarch

Posted by in: Books, Literature

I’ve finished Butler’s The Way of All Flesh and am now 200 pages into George Eliot’s Middlemarch. The following is from the latter:

” . . . I don’t like Casaubon.” This was Sir James’s strongest way of implying that he thought ill of a man’s character.

“Why? what do you know against him?” said the Rector, laying down his reels, and putting his thumbs into his arm-holes with an air of attention.

Sir James paused. He did not usually find it easy to give his reasons: it seemed to him strange that people should not know them without being told, since he only felt what was reasonable.

Sir James is not alone in this, I think.

A single voice crying in the wilderness (1)