NYTBR 7 March 2010: The Shortest List Ever

What is happening to The NYTBR?  Self began noticing, a few months ago, that interesting reviews were becoming few and far between.  For, you see, dear blog reader, self puts as much emphasis on a review as on the artifact —  er, book —  under review.  And lately, those have been so dull.  Self can say all this because she has never, ever had a book reviewed by The NYTBR, and probably never will, so she doesn’t give a hoot what they think (and they, obviously, don’t give a hoot about self, either!)

Here are the two books self is interested in reading after perusing NYTBR of 7 March 2010:

1.     After reading Joseph O’Neill’s review of Christopher de Bellaigue’s Rebel Land:  Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town (What a fabulous name for a writer!  In fact, self thinks it would be a crime for anyone born with a name like that not to be a writer!)

  • Christopher de Bellaigue’s Rebel Land:  Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

2.     After reading Alexander McCall Smith’s (hysterical) review of Helen Simonson’s first novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, in which the author assembles “a cast of utterly stock characters” and lets “them loose in a rural England that is now very different from the one imagined by earlier practitioners” of a genre he calls the “English village novel” :

  • Helen Simonson’s first novel, Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Two Neighbors

It is freaky cold!  But, packs on the back, self:  in spite of high wind (and veeery chapped lips), you managed to plant an anemone “Jerusalem Red” in the front yard, which involved ridiculous amount of chopping and hacking (for self has blogged about this before:  about 1/2 inch below the surface of self’s front yard is an absolute hatchery of roots from adjacent pine trees).

Anyhoo, while self was thus in very ungainly position, bent over flowerbeds with bung facing the sidewalk, two neighbors happened to amble by with their dogs.

The first was Maxine and her owner, who live just around the corner.  This little dachshund had on a most beautiful pink coat, and her owner (who is a chef) made the usual pleasant but Read the rest of this entry »

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