Daily Archives: November 25, 2007

The Uncommon Reader

This novella by Alan Bennett (who wrote The History Boys among other things) is absolutely delightful and quite wise, full of bon mots about reading and writing. I listened to it read by the author, but it is also available as a regular book. Thanks to Roger Sutton for drawing my attention to it.

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Am I a Bossy Boots?

“The middle one’s always difficult, the eldest is a bossy boots and the youngest is a tearaway. But are the family clichés true? Finally, scientists have the answer.” Steve Connor (youngest of two)  reports in the Independent on birth order myths, scientific studies, disagreeing experts, and considers some well-known families to see how it all plays out.

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Nostalgic Notice: Catalog Play

Julius Lester at A Commonplace Book has two important posts on Catalog Pollution here and here. Now I am completely with him on this ever increasing problem. But I’m also with him that there are catalogs that are fun to look at. And that makes me think back to my childhood when I actually played with the Sears catalog. (That really, really, really big one — the size of the telephone book?) That is, my sister and I cut out things, created little houses full of stuff, and even dolls. Who plays with paper dolls these days much less catalogs?

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