Category Archives: Comedy

Nerd Do Well, by Simon Pegg

Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg. Century, 2010. 368 pages. “It was never my intention to write an autobiography. The very notion made me uneasy. You see them congesting the bookshop shelves at Christmas. Rows of needy smiles, sad clowns and … Continue reading

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A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh

A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh This edition: Back Bay Books, 1999. Written 1934. 320 pages. The first text message I ever received from my mum read: “Just finished Brideshead. So depressed.” I laughed out loud in the middle … Continue reading

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible, by Jonathan Goldstein Riverhead Trade, 2009. 256 pages. If you are looking for pious hagiographies of Old Testament saints (and one from the New), look further. Goldstein’s little book of stories, portraits of biblical characters … Continue reading

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If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino

If on a winter’s night a traveler, by Italo Calvino (William Weaver, trans.) Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979. 260 pages. Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler abandons traditional storytelling in its first lines, entering the realm of metanovel: … Continue reading

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