Friday’s Forgotten Books: Young Men in Spats

“I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.”  — P. G. Wodehouse There’s some kind of fundamental perversity in my nature that made me choose at the library this week a 5 CD unabridged set of Beckett’s Malone Dies as well as…

Friday’s ‘Forgotten’ Books: The Corinthian

Georgette Heyer should be a household name; that’s the only thing that qualifies this as a “forgotten” book. Heyer is still a nonpareil amongst romance readers, but little known beyond that group. I only learned about her because of Stephen Fry; for his 50th birthday he had a short program on his “guilty pleasures” and…

BitchBuzz: Women, Sex and Stephen Fry

What’s the link, you’re asking yourself: Women, Sex, Shame, and Stephen Fry Stephen Fry’s recent faux pas highlights a cultural blind spot about women’s sexuality and shame. There have been such brouhahas in the Twitterverse this past week. Most writers focused on the take down of Cooks Source magazine, but the more frivolous among us—scandal…

Marvelous

I glory at the wonder of the internet. I know it is fashionable to pooh-pooh its success, how it’s turned us into a world of loafers who would rather interact virtually than actually. I know the tendency is there — I Twittered about not being able to find my favorite sweater, so I know the…

Stephen Fry in America

My hopes that Fry’s visit to all 50 states for his documentary on this country would lead to 1) his no longer doing that quite terrible “Ammurrican” accent (leave it to your former partner, whose accent is superb) and 2) not portraying the nation as a circus of freaks, seem to be dashed by the…

Dressed in a Bohemian Fashion

Alerted by the folks at my favorite quiz show, QI, I find that Big Brother was indeed watching Mr. Orwell: It has been revealed that MI5 spied on “Animal Farm” and “1984” author George Orwell for over 10 years, as they suspected him of being a communist. Papers released by Special Branch have shown that…