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  • ScottBooks shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    Most of us, given a pad of paper, a pencil, and a few minutes to think, could come up with a reasonably respectable list of writers who were at work in the 1920s: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker, Ezra Pound, and so on.
    Note: Bill has a *much* higher opinion of the great unwashed than I do.
  • ScottBooks shared from Burglars Can't Be Choosers by Lawrence Block
    “I thought you never lie.” “I occasionally tell an expeditious untruth.”
    Note: Dialogue like this is why the Burglar books are so much fun.
  • ScottBooks shared from The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
    How is it, I wondered, that they all look so similar to one another when the dress is so eccentric? Surely there was one among them who had been first to outfit himself in such a way. Had this man been pleased when the others imitated him, or annoyed, his individual sense of flair devalued by their emulation?
    Note: This refers to some fur trappers. Bet you thought goths or rappers.
  • ScottBooks shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    Burleigh Grimes of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who was famously bad tempered, set a record of sorts by once throwing at a batter in the on-deck circle.
    Note: Now that's how you brush somebody back.
  • ScottBooks shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    It wasn’t all froth and melodrama, however. Eugene O’Neill produced his longest and densest play in 1927, Strange Interlude, which took five hours to perform and gave audiences an expansive, not to say exhausting, look at insanity, abortion, heartbreak, illegitimacy, and death. Audiences watched the first part of the play from 5:15 to 7:00 p.m., had a break for dinner, and then returned at 8:30 for a further three and a half hours of punishing gloom.
    Note: Haven't had the chance to see this one. Revival time?
  • ScottBooks shared from Edie Investigates by Nick Harkaway
    He had himself produced reports which endorsed in every particular a given policy, while at the same time so setting them out that no elected leader would ever consider the policy’s implementation. It was one of the key skills of the British civil service, because politicians had to be forced to think of things which would happen after they were voted out, and didn’t want to.
    Note: Would that it were possible to educate politicians thusly.
  • ScottBooks shared from Save Yourself: A Novel by Kelly Braffet
    “Elshere. Layla Nicole Elshere. The Layla is for my dad’s favorite Clapton song and the Nicole is for my mom’s favorite soap opera character. This is what happens when teenagers breed. Your turn.”
  • ScottBooks shared from I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) by Chuck Klosterman
    Being emotionally fragile is an important part of being a successful critic; it’s an integral element to being engaged with mainstream art, assuming you aspire to write about it in public.
    Note: poor chuck
  • ScottBooks shared from Deeply Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz
    Now, ahead of me, a Honda maintained such a leisurely pace that the guy behind the wheel might have been a Zen Buddhist for whom the act of driving was a disciplined meditation more concerned with enlightenment than with progress.
    Note: I have been behind this car many times .
  • ScottBooks shared from Brown River Queen (The Markhat Files) by Frank Tuttle
    “I’ll be damned,” said Evis. “That’s the consensus of modern religious thought.”
    Note: All great PIs must be masters of repartee . One of Markhat's best quips.
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