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06 January 2016


Much Ado About Loving sounds appealing to me for similar reasons that it sounded appealing to you.Too bad that it was disappointing.

I laughed at your response to Murnighan's very clumsy comment about women.

Well, Brian, you might still want to look at it. But I'm biased: I like books on books so much, even bad ones don't bother me too much.
And yes: clumsy is the perfect descriptor for that statement!

Must see Broadcast News again. It has been 100 years but I remember loving it. I don't remember that catch phrase, but I do remember Albert Brooks singing "I can read and sing". I do that sometimes, just for fun.

Yes, it might be time for me to re-watch it too. It's amazing how old it is, and looks, to some extents--no cell phones! Very few computers! News stories produced on big old clunky videotapes! But at the heart its timeless.

I can sing, while I read, I am singing, and reading...BOTH! Classic.

It's been a dreary week, and I needed a laugh. Thanks for blowing the lid off MUCH ADO!

I remember being disappointed with this book, but only because it wasn't particularly enlightening. The only section that really stood out to me was the one on Love in the Time of Cholera.

Murnighan fails to give any context to his War and Peace essay. The "woman" he's referring to in his essay is about twelve or thirteen in War and Peace. Ah, now that changes things a bit, doesn't it? Taking an adolescent character completely out of context isn't fair. Of course she'd be "really alive," as he says; life and men haven't yet had their ways with her. A cynic might say Murnighan is describing naivete.

But maybe Murnighan likes dumb broads.

Of course, a non-dumb broad isn't much fun to be around, either. They're often killjoys and they're really good at jumping to conclusions.

(For what it's worth, I like my broads on the dumb side. I've dated some geniuses, and it's exhausting trying to keep up with someone who knows everything. And now I realize I'm doomed to die alone. In this age of Google the Yahoo internet, everyone's an expert on everything.)

Don't think I want to read this one but I have a new catchphrase! Thanks citizen reader!

Oh, Hapax,
I feel so much better about things if I can provide a laugh for you. At last I'm DOING something! :)

My gut response is to say it's almost a certainty that Jack likes dumb broads (many men do) but that is probably unfair.
You point out one of the dangers of reading this type of book--lack of context. I certainly didn't know the age of the character he was describing. What I should do is give these types of books (maybe NF in general?) up for a while and go read the classics. I so wish I had done so in high school and college when I had the time. What was I doing?
Because I am something of a killjoy and I jumped to a few conclusions in this post, I'm going to take your thought on that as a compliment: perhaps I am a non-dumb broad. That's totally what you were getting at, right?

Please do use the phrase. We have used it for years now and it is very handy shorthand. And romantic too--sometimes I feel out of step with Mr. CR but I always feel very warmly toward him when he uses this phrase. I can appreciate a man who can appreciate "Broadcast News" through this homage.

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