FFB: Porterhouse Blue – Tom Sharpe

I have been thinking about academic novels lately because I am — much as I swore never to do so — working on a roman à clef called Hire Idiots (the topic of which ought to be abundantly clear). I taught Lucky Jim in my senior seminar and enjoyed my students’ reactions to it. I’ve…

Under My Skin

A week ago — a momentous time for so many reasons — I whacked my knuckles on the book case in the conference room outside my office at the end of a day meeting students for advisement. I’ve done it before: those of you who know me well will not be surprised. Head in the…

#NaNoWriMo2016

I may be less visible this month as I dive into NaNoWriMo again. I always joke that every month is novel writing month for me, but I like the extra push to get a project done and it’s nice to not be alone in trying to write furiously. I’m doing what I have sworn never…

FFB: Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes

For some reason, I had not noticed before Peter Cook’s sister saying that their favourite childhood book was Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes by Harry Graham. It much reminded me of our childhood fave Shrieks at Midnight so I had to get a copy. And of course it’s delightful. Check out all the other overlooked…

Happy Birthday to a Legend (or two)

I should be on my way across the Atlantic at present, but I have to be sure to say a happy birthday to a couple of legends today: Tony Hancock and Paul D. Brazill. They both make me laugh like a crazy person, so if you don’t know them already, you shouldn’t waste any time…

Happy Birthday, Peter Cook

Happy birthday to the funniest man who ever drew breath — not to mention also a very dapper man at his best. The world is a poorer place without him in it. And a visionary, who believed in “Training BEES for uses against foreign powers, and so on” and “Elimination of spindly insects and encouragement…

FFB: Money in the Bank

MONEY IN THE BANK P. G. Wodehouse Not too long after deciding to stash away the family fortune in diamonds, the 6th Viscount Uffenham forgets where he hid them. Forced to let out Shipley Hall he desperately needs to recover the loot as the family seat is now overrun by Clarissa Cork. It’s not Jeeves…

FFB — Wodehouse: A Life

”I never want to see anyone, and I never want to go anywhere or do anything. I just want to write.’ Before I get to my entry for Friday’s Forgotten Books, I want to point you to my interview with Ravello Magazine in Italy which came out this week, one I’m particularly happy with. If…

FFB: Our Man in Havana

Graham Greene seems to stay in the mind of a good number of people, but he seems to have fallen off the popular radar for sure. I am somewhat abashed to admit that it was only recently that I finally picked up Our Man in Havana on a whim at the library (my usual brainstorming…