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Selected Excerpts from Linda Raschke's Book, 'Trading Sardines'

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Ten Best Books of 2018

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The 10 Best Books of 2018, according to the New York Times Book Review editors:

  • Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday — female, no birthdate but looks young

  • The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai — female, born in 1978.

  • The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani — female, born 1981

  • There There by Tommy Orange — male, born in 1982

  • Washington Black by Esi Edugyan — female, born in 1978

  • American Prison by Shane Bauer — male, no birthdate but looks young

  • Educated by Tara Westover — female, born in 1986

  • Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight — male, born in 1949

  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan — male, born in 1955

  • Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs — female, born in 1978

The books about Jobs looks interesting… maybe I’ll try to read them all?

The Politically Correct Beatrix Potter

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I’ve been reading all of Beatrix Potter’s many “tales” with my daughter, and was surprised to see in one of the books from our local library that the original text had been changed and an illustration had been excluded!

In The Tale of Benjamin Bunny, the original text, which I remember well, reads: “When old Mr. Bunny had driven the cat into the greenhouse, he locked the door. Then he came back to the basket and took out his son Benjamin by the ears, and whipped him with the little switch.”

In the 1991 Ottenheimer Publishers edition from our local library, the text reads [my emphasis]: “When old Mr. Bunny had driven the cat into the green-house, he locked the door. Then he came back to the basket and took out his son Benjamin by the ears, and spanked him with the little switch.”

The politically correct editors of 1991 had no trouble with Benjamin being pulled out by his ears, but they did change “whipped” to “spanked.” They also dropped the accompanying illustration of Mr. Bunny whipping Peter Rabbit, while in the background Benjamin Bunny is holding his backside and crying:

Then he took out his nephew Peter

Then he took out his nephew Peter

Sign of the Times

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Inspired after watching the latest season of Bosch, I'm (re-)reading a number of old Harry Bosch novels ... I liked this bit from The Burning Room (2014): 

"[Bosch missed] the old Los Angeles Times. In 1993 it was big and strong, its editions fat with ads and stories produced by a staff of the best and brightest journalists in their field. Now the paper looked like somebody who had been through chemo -- thin, unsteady, and knowing the inevitable could only be held off for so long."

Books My Boy Has Read

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My son is a pretty good reader; if he gets interested in a book, he'll read it quickly. I decided to start keeping track of the books he has read (since he doesn't), beginning this past summer. He's 11 years old now and has just started the sixth grade:

UPDATE: He turned 12 right around book 100.

The entire Redwall series ending with:

  1. The Rogue Crew -- Brian Jacques (M, b. 1939)
  2. A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning -- Lemony Snicket (M, b. 1970) {QUIT first chapter}
  3. The Lost Years of Merlin -- T.A. Barron (M, b. 1952)
  4. Poppy -- Avi (M, b. 1937)
  5. The White Mountains -- John Christopher (M, b. 1922)
  6. The Seven Songs of Merlin -- T.A. Barron
  7. The Fires of Merlin -- T.A. Barron
  8. The Mirror of Merlin -- T.A. Barron
  9. The Wings of Merlin -- T.A. Barron
  10. Silverwing -- Kenneth Oppel (M, b. 1967)
  11. When the Tripods Came -- John Christopher
  12. The City of Gold and Lead -- John Christopher
  13. The Pool of Fire -- John Christopher
  14. Sunwing -- Kenneth Oppel 
  15. Firewing -- Kenneth Oppel
  16. El Deafo -- Cece Bell (F, b. 1970)
  17. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- Ian Fleming (M, b. 1908)
  18. Whittington -- Alan Armstrong (M, b. 1939)
  19. The Wind in the Willows -- Kenneth Grahame (M, b. 1859)
  20. Charlotte's Web -- E.B. White (M, b. 1899)
  21. Call It Courage -- Armstrong Sperry (M, b. 1897)
  22. The Trumpet of the Swan -- E.B. White
  23. The Call of the Wild -- Jack London (M, b. 1876)
  24. Stuart Little -- E.B. White
  25. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer -- Mark Twain (M, b. 1835) {"boring beginning, got interesting only at the end"}
  26. The Matchlock Gun -- Walter Edmonds (M, b. 1903)
  27. The Book of Three -- Lloyd Alexander (M, b. 1924)
  28. The Borning Room -- Paul Fleischman (M, b. 1952)
  29. The Black Cauldron -- Lloyd Alexander
  30. The Boys Who Challenged Hitler -- Phillip Hoose (M, b. 1947)
  31. The Castle of Llyr -- Lloyd Alexander {STALLED on ch. 15, "talk talk talk, got boring"}
  32. Taran Wanderer -- Lloyd Alexander
  33. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School -- Jeff Kinney (M, b. 1971)
  34. Robin Hood -- Paul Creswick (M, b. 1866)
  35. The High King -- Lloyd Alexander
  36. The Jungle Book -- Rudyard Kipling (M, b. 1865)
  37. Coach -- Michael Lewis (M, b. 1960)
  38. Abel's Island -- William Steig (M, b. 1907)
  39. The Invention of Hugo Cabret -- Brian Selznick (M, b. 1966)
  40. The Golden Touch -- Nathaniel Hawthorne (M, b. 1804)
  41. The Whipping Boy -- Sid Fleischman (M, b. 1920)
  42. ... And Now Miguel -- Joseph Krumgold (M, b. 1908) {QUIT on ch. 3}
  43. How to Train Your Dragon: How to Be a Pirate -- Cressida Cowel (F, b. 1966)
  44. The Trumpeter of Krakow -- Eric Kelly (M, b. 1884)
  45. The Wheel on the School -- Meindert DeJong (M, b. 1906)
  46. Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy -- Tui Sutherland (F, b. 1978)
  47. The Marvels -- Brian Selznick
  48. Lost On a Mountain in Maine -- By Donn Fendler as told to Joseph B. Egan (M, b. 1879)
  49. The Cricket in Times Square -- George Selden (M, b. 1929)
  50. The Tapper Twins Tear Up New York -- Geoff Rodkey (M, b. 1970)
  51. Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir -- Tui Sutherland
  52. Masterminds -- Gordon Korman (M, b. 1963)
  53. The Boy of a Thousand Faces -- Brian Selznick {Finished, but didn't like it}
  54. Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom -- Tui Sutherland
  55. Wings of Fire: The Dark Secret -- Tui Sutherland
  56. Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night -- Tui Sutherland
  57. The Houdini Box -- Brian Selznick {Finished, but didn't like it}
  58. Wings of Fire: Moon Rising -- Tui Sutherland
  59. Wings of Fire: Winter Turning -- Tui Sutherland
  60. Wings of Fire: Escaping Peril -- Tui Sutherland
  61. Ghosts -- Raina Telgemeier (F, b. 1977)
  62. Bomb -- Steve Sheinken (M, b. 1968)
  63. I Wonder Why Castles Had Moats and Other Questions About Long Ago -- Philip Steele (M, b. 1948)
  64. Wings of Fire: Legends: Darkstalker -- Tui Sutherland
  65. The Menagerie -- Tui Sutherland
  66. The Menagerie: Dragon on Trial -- Tui Sutherland
  67. Magic Mike's Miraculous Magic Tricks -- Michael Lane Sherman (M, b. 19??)
  68. The Menagerie: Krakens and Lies -- Tui Sutherland
  69. Save Me a Seat -- Sarah Weeks (F, b. 1955) & Gita Varadarajan (F, b. 19??)
  70. The Secret Warning -- Franklin Dixon (M, b. 1902?)
  71. Encyclopedia Brown Shows the Way -- Donald Sobol (M, b. 1924)
  72. Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day -- Donald Sobol
  73. Encyclopedia Brown Lends a Hand -- Donald Sobol
  74. The Twisted Claw -- Franklin Dixon
  75. A Figure in Hiding -- Franklin Dixon
  76. The Journals of Lewis and Clark -- Darlene Stille (F, b. 1942)
  77. The New Adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club -- Bertrand Brinley (M, b. 1917)
  78. Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck -- James Patterson (M, b. 1947)
  79. Middle School: Save Rafe -- James Patterson
  80. Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill -- James Patterson
  81. Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life -- James Patterson
  82. Middle School: Get Me Out Of Here -- James Patterson
  83. Big Nate: From the Top -- Lincoln Peirce (M, b. 1963)
  84. Middle School: My Brother Is a Big Fat Liar -- James Patterson
  85. Middle School: Ultimate Showdown -- James Patterson
  86. Middle School: Dog's Best Friend -- James Patterson
  87. Treasure Hunters -- James Patterson
  88. Treasure Hunters: Danger Down the Nile -- James Patterson
  89. House of Robots -- James Patterson
  90. I Totally Funniest -- James Patterson
  91. Public School Superhero -- James Patterson
  92. I Funny -- James Patterson
  93. I Even Funnier -- James Patterson
  94. Summer of the Monkeys -- Wilson Rawls (M, b. 1913) {QUIT after ch. 4, "print too fine"}
  95. Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City -- James Patterson
  96. Treasure Hunters: Peril at the Top of the World -- James Patterson
  97. House of Robots: Robots Go Wild! -- James Patterson
  98. I Funny TV -- James Patterson
  99. Jackie Ha-Ha -- James Patterson
  100. Ares: God of War -- George O'Connor (M, b. 1973)
  101. Atlantis Rising -- T.A. Barron
  102. Flags of the World -- Eve Devereux (M, b. 1949 ... "Eve" a pen name) 
  103. Unwitting Wisdom: An Anthology of Aesop's Fables -- Helen Ward (F, b. 1962)
  104. Ask A Science Teacher -- Larry Scheckel (M, b. 19??)
  105. Catch You Later, Traitor -- Avi
  106. Diary of a WImpy Kid: The Third Wheel -- Jeff Kinney
  107. Flush -- Carl Hiassen (M, b. 1953)
  108. Chomp -- Carl Hiassen
  109. My Side of the Mountain -- Jean Craighead George (F, b. 1919)
  110. Skink - No Surrender -- Carl Hiassen
  111. Scat -- Carl Hiassen
  112. Jed and the Junkyard War -- Steven Bohls (M, b. 19??)
  113. Atlantis in Peril -- T.A. Barron
  114. Atlantis Lost -- T.A. Barron
  115. The Best Man -- Richard Peck (M, b. 1934)
  116. The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margaret and H.A. Rey -- Louise Borden (F, b. 1949)
  117. Lucky Strikes -- Louis Bayard (M, b. 1963) {"lots of swearing"}
  118. Secrets at Sea -- Richard Peck
  119. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail -- Richard Peck
  120. Here Lies the Librarian -- Richard Peck
  121. Hercufleas -- Sam Gayton (M, b. 1986?) {QUIT after ch. 3, "fake story, copycat book"}
  122. A Long Way from Chicago -- Richard Peck
  123. A Year Down Yonder -- Richard Peck
  124. A Season of Gifts -- Richard Peck
  125. Past Perfect, Present Tense -- Richard Peck
  126. The Teacher's Funeral -- Richard Peck
  127. Drift House: The First Voyage -- Dale Peck (M, b. 1967) [accidentally pulled off shelf with Richard Peck books]
  128. Lost in Cyberspace -- Richard Peck
  129. The River Between Us -- Richard Peck
  130. Monster Night at Grandma's House -- Richard Peck
  131. Fair Weather -- Richard Peck 
  132. The Great Interactive Dream Machine -- Richard Peck
  133. On the Wings of Heroes -- Richard Peck
  134. The Lost Cities: A Drift House Voyage -- Dale Peck [accidentally pulled off shelf with Richard Peck books]
  135. London Holiday -- Richard Peck {QUIT after ch. 4, "it's an adult book"}
  136. The Last Safe Place on Earth -- Richard Peck
  137. Don't Look and It Won't Hurt -- Richard Peck {"I'm Pecked out, no more Peck"}
  138. Code Talker -- Joseph Bruchac (M, b. 1942)
  139. Chasing the Falconers -- Gordon Korman (M, b. 1963) {QUIT after ch. 3, "not intriguing"}
  140. The Winter People -- Joseph Bruchac
  141. Lord of the Flies -- William Golding (M, b. 1911) {"should have waited a few more years befor reading this"}
  142. The Lost Hero -- Rick Riordan (M, b. 1964)
  143. The Son of Neptune -- Rick Riordan
  144. Percy Jackson's Greek Gods -- Rick Riordan
  145. The Mark of Athena --  Rick Riordan
  146. Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes --  Rick Riordan
  147. The House of Hades -- Rick Riordan
  148. The Blood of Olympus -- Rick Riordan
  149. Lemons -- Melissa Savage (F, b. 19??)
  150. The Someday Birds -- Sally J. Pla (F, b. 19??)
  151. March -- John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  152. The Trials of Apollo -- The Hidden Oracle -- Rick Riordan {QUIT chapter 10, "not one of his better books" and "Riordan'd out"}
  153. ... to be continued

Books Read -- Dreaming in Chinese

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This is the book I read in April having toned down my ridiculous idea of reading one book a week to one book a month. I have a hard time reading anything greater than tweet-length anymore. 

Deborah Fallows is James Fallows' wife and this is a short and often charming book about the Chinese language. Mrs. Fallows has a PhD in linguistics, but this is a light-hearted approach to explaining what makes the Chinese language special. The Fallows...es? spent three years in China in the 2000s, and Mrs. Fallows did the usual "trailing spouse" things (wandering around, having massages, attending bad Chinese classes), but she's smart and has an interest in language and how it relates to culture. It's a quick read.

I've added the Table of Contents below, which may help you decide if you want to read it.

Books Read -- Lone Survivor

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After enjoying No Easy Day, I thought I'd try another SEAL book, so I borrowed Lone Survivor. Unfortunately I only made it one chapter in before quitting. Luttrell comes across as a bit of a knucklehead and lays on the military rah-rah too heavily. Maybe it's just a problem of finding the right co-author.

No Easy Day was short and fast-paced and I appreciated "Mark Owen's" lack of reflection. Lone Survivor is 444 pages and there was no way I was voluntarily going to be in Luttrell's company for that long. 

Bringing Up Boobs

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I ordered several books through inter-library loan about raising boys, not knowing anything about them other than the title. The one pictured below was the first to arrive. On the inside flap of the jacket it reads, "Dr. James Dobson, America's foremost authority on the family [say what? first alarm bell rings], provides a road map for raising healthy sons -- for shaping the next generation of responsible, God-honoring men." [ding ding ding, multiple alarm bells going off]

Flipping to the table of contents, I see chapter nine is titled, "The Origins of Homosexuality." This should be good, I think naughtily. Sure enough, I learn there that the "condition of 'prehomosexuality'" can be "effectively prevented." The author goes on: "Change is possible. Hope is available. And Christ is in the business of healing." 

Sweet Jesus, I'm sending this one straight back from whence it came (the Newfield Public Library).

Books Read -- No Easy Day

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Supposedly a "firsthand account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden" ... I don't know if any of it is true or accurate, it could just be more myth-making, a sort of PSYOP aimed at the American public, but it's entertaining and a quick read. 

Since I wisely cut down my goal of reading one book a week to one book a month (I know, I'm really straining myself), I am now on target: in January I read Emil and the Detectives, and in February I read Nothing in Her Way ... and River Girl.

Books Read -- Nothing In Her Way & River Girl

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I thought I could read a book a week this year, but that's madness, it's going to be closer to a book a month. Charles Williams was a writer of dimestore books (Gold Medal label), which are oddly very hard to find now. Nothing in Her Way was a bit too convoluted for me, especially the ending, written in 1953, it wasn't great. River Girl (1951), on the other hand, wasn't bad despite the terrible title (there is no river girl, more like a lake girl). The ending wasn't very well done or satisfying, but the early and middle parts of the book are decent, some of it is *very good* (disposing of a body) ... I think Williams had a problem with endings. Beginning, Middle, End, you have to plot it all out perfectly in advance. 

Anyway, if you like "noir" stories, corruption, obsessive love, murder, best laid plans gone awry, femmes fatale (femme fatales?), desperation, being on the run, all that jazz, check out River Girl.  

Books Read -- Emil and the Detectives

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I'm going to try to read a book a week in 2016, ok, round it down to 50 books. Emil and the Detectives was actually an Xmas gift to my ten-year-old son, but I read it first. It was charming. Did have some disturbing pre-visions of Nazi youth (book written in 1929 ... four short years to 1933). Favorite line: "Four million people lived in Berlin, and not one of them was interested in Emil Tischbein."

Genesis XIX : 30-38 King James Version

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30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:

32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

37 And the first born bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

You've Exposed Too Much

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BEHIND THE BEST SELLERS; 'PREPPY HANDBOOK' by Dudley Clendinen, NYTimes, 4 January 1981

Last spring, Jonathan Roberts was 25 years old, a graduate of the Cambridge School in Boston and Brown, a funny young man who wanted to write. ''Usually, people tell you to write what you know,'' he says. ''For years, I thought - 'What do I know? I'm just a Preppy.'''
Then he thought again and confided his idea for a book to three Preppy friends, all single, clever, mid-twentyish and residents of Manhattan: Lisa Birnbach of the Riverdale School and Brown, Carol McD. Wallace of Country Day and Princeton and Mason Wiley of The Episcopal School and Columbia University. They agreed to collaborate. Miss Birnbach took on the chores of editor, writer and manager of the budget. She paid everyone else out of a checkbook imprinted with her nickname, ''Bunny,'' and a stemmed martini glass. [Roberts, Wallace and Wiley have WASP cred ... Birnbach, er, no.]
What emerged in September from the Workman Publishing house was ''The Official Preppy Handbook,'' by its own definition, the ''In book of the season.'' It is about Mummy and Daddy, whose lives and family rooms are imprinted decorously with the repeated images of ducks, whose Saturdays in the fall are given to tailgate picnics before the old school game, whose children are nicknamed Muffy or Missy or Buffy, Skip or Chip or Kip.
By the time Muffy and Skip become Mummy and Daddy, they will have mastered these and the million other details involved in living the elite and proper life of Prep. Or they can buy this book. Anyone can. ''You don't have to be a registered Republican,'' the preface says invitingly. ''In a true democracy, everyone can be upper class and live in Connecticut. It's only fair.''
That may or may not be true, but it is funny. On the other hand, its authors say the book itself, 224 pages of wry detail, is a true account of being Preppy. ''Our feeling was that it is such an inherently amusing subject that we don't have to make jokes about it,'' says Mr. Roberts. ''All we have to do is tell the truth.'' Who cares? Anyone to whom it matters, or who wants a laugh.
The Library of Congress, which by function is pedantic, has the book catalogued under ''Preparatory schools - United States - Handbooks, manuals, etc.'' Elsewhere, there are 415,000 copies in print, and much laughter. The $3.95 book is No. 1 on the trade paperback best seller list for the second successive week. The four authors, who spent only a summer and a budget of $15,000 on writing and illustrations, find this most amusing.
When Mr. Wiley went home to Rocky Mount, N. C., this year for Thanksgiving (an event described in the college years section of the book as: ''First major break of the year. Almost everyone goes home by Wednesday afternoon, humming 'We Gather Together'''), he discovered that his summer project had not been without some social cost. ''My parents' friends were all embarrassed,'' he recalls. ''They said, 'You've exposed too much.' One woman went home and counted 15 ducks in her family room.''
The book's style is youthful, the prose wry and clean. The response has been bemusing. When Miss Birnbach, who has been on the road promoting the ''Preppy Handbook'' since mid-November, arrived in Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, Mayor Francis S. Buck proclaimed it ''Preppy Day.'' The department store carrying the book greeted her with ''Welcome Lisa'' banners of Preppy pink and green. In Charlottesville, the book is said to be the biggest seller since ''Dr. Zhivago.''
In the midst of such attention, Miss Birnbach attempts to maintain a Preppy sense of humor. When she is asked by interviewers if the men she dates are Preppy, she has a stock reply: ''No synthetic fibers touch any man that I will touch.'' 

Something Enduring, Secure, Top-drawer

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PAPERBACK TALK by Ray Walters, NYTimes, 4 August 1980

Lisa Birnbach, who once covered ''the scene'' for a Manhattan weekly, puts it this way: ''In this time of jittery economics, shifting values and uncertain self-identities, it's nice to feel you belong to something enduring, secure, top-drawer, outstanding - like the world of preparatory schools that date back to the mid-18th century.''
That world and its alumni are celebrated by Miss Birnbach in ''The Official Preppy Handbook,'' which Workman will be publishing next month - just in time for the fall term - at $3.95. In 160 pages, it charts and illustrates, in somewhat tongue in cheek fashion, the proper preppy's progress from silver spoon to obituary in The Times. Along the way it offers counsel on how to bear up under a legacy of good taste and breeding, how to get into a good school and how to get out, how to dress and behave with members of the opposite sex, what games to play and where to ''waterhole,'' what to do at a reunion.
The distiller of all this received wisdom is a native New Yorker who acquired many preppy friends during her progress through Riverdale Country School and Brown ('78). She was tapped for the assignment by an old friend and Workman author Richard Smith (''The Dieter's Guide to Weight Loss During Sex''). Miss Birnbach - who longs to be called ''Bunny,'' a proper preppy name - got her project going at a party where 20 preppy friends - lawyers, bankers, advertising people - contributed ideas.
Isn't all this terribly, provincially Northeastern? Not at all, Bunny Birnbach says. There are large preppy enclaves from San Diego to Kansas City, from Grosse Pointe to Shaker Heights. The South is clustered with them. Stores from coast to coast feature their rep ties and button-downs.
Isn't all this very undemocratic? Not at all, Bunny Birnbach insists. If you weren't born a preppy, her book will tell you how to be one. 

Lisa Birnbach also attended the 92d Street Y Nursery School, which goes unmentioned, and is the granddaughter of the late Dr. Norman Salit, a rabbi, a lawyer and a president of the Synagogue Council of America.  Can Jews be Preppy?

Morality Is All in the Point of View

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The other day my Twitter buddy @PlanMaestro tweeted this quote which intrigued me:

“If you make people think they’re thinking, they’ll love you; but if you really make them think, they’ll hate you.”

I asked him the source and he replied "Don Marquis," whom I'd never heard of, so I wikipedia'd him and learned that he was a turn of the century writer and contemporary of Mencken's.  This led me to buy a book, The Annotated Archy and Mehitabel, a collection of columns mainly written by Marquis's muse "archy," a free-verse poet reincarnated into the body of a cockroach.  One hundred years later archy's observations remain funny and revealing.

Here's archy's column from November 12, 1917:

boss my interest in science

is keen but my

sympathy with scientists is

declining very rapidly the 

more i see of them the less i

want them to see

me i heard a couple of

entomologists talking the

other day you want to be sure

and get over to the brooklyn

museum on thursday evening he said

there is going to be a 

lecture on a new

kind of killing bottle good

said the second one i will 

surely be there if there is

anything that is needed for 

the cause right now

it is a new killing bottle i

looked at him and he

seemed a kind hearted man too

just thoughtless likely

i thought what is sport to

you old fellow is

death to us insects morality

is all in the point

of view if the cockroaches

should start killing the 

humans just to study them there

would a howl go up from 

danville illinois to 

beersheba palestine even germans

are not gassed for study but

only in the way of

business and battle many would

think twice about stepping 

on a pacifist who would

send any number of potato bugs

to their funeral pyre without 

remorse justice as maurice

maeterlinck points out is not

inherent in the universe and what

man has put there he 

uses when he uses it at all

strictly for his own

purposes the world is so sad that

the only way to live

with it is to laugh at it

Is This Mitch Moxley?

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Received this odd text message last night. I am not Mitch Moxley, though I did read his book, Apologies to My Censor, which was a long whine about how hard it is to be a tall, handsome young Canadian guy whose parents bankroll his wanderings (I'm only half joking).  

I will always admire Mr. Moxley for what he once accurately wrote in a local expat magazine: "Luckily China is one of the few places on Earth where you can be employed to do virtually nothing."