Ring leader

Ring leader

Phone, phone has rung, /
but you were not among /
those who heard the sound /
as from the phone it bound /
searching for your ear /
but, alas, it is clear /
you were not here to hear /
oh, dear, oh, dear, oh dear.

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Bad Sex In Fiction Awards: The Connoisseur’s Compendium

Describing the union of bodies can sometimes have unintended consequences … and awards.


Spasming muscles, groans, whispers, licked ears, sweat, bucking, otherwise central zones: if you hear those terms, you know you can be only be reading about one thing: the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, a prize established 23 years ago by the Literary Review.

Each year since 1993, the Bad Sex in Fiction Award has honoured an author who has produced an outstandingly bad scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel. The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction, and to discourage them. The prize is not intended to cover pornographic or expressly erotic literature.

The Award was established by Rhoda Koenig, a literary critic, and Auberon Waugh, at that time editor of Literary Review.

Because we wouldn’t want you having to sift through the archives, we’ve brought you this: a compendium of…

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21 Great Novels Worth Finding the Time to Read

21 Must-Read Novels

by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Source: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-03-2012/21-must-read-novels.html?cmp=SNP-DSO-FB-ENT-FB_CONTENT_2016_ENT&s_kwcid=AL!4520!45!0bfd56f43fb133993b259a359113b691&ef_id=VtxKvwAABHGV34xO:20160722131844:o#slide1

Kill a Mocking Bird 100dpi_4x6_4cI began to list a dozen novels that everyone should read before age 50, but quickly realized that if all you want is a dozen, you should ask an economist, not a novelist. Still, stories are what help us best understand why we are how we are. So after consulting people I admire and my own mental file, I included only novels that I believe you really ought to read. Here are the novels picked, starting with the 21st place selection …

Books range from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White to The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. To see the full list, go to: 21 Great Novels Worth Finding the Time to Read

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Photo finish Friday: “Look up”

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a lamppost.

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a lamppost.

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Haiku to you Thursday: “Passing seasons”

Winter, quietly. /

Summer, intensely. /

Fall and Spring, without regrets.

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What are little girls made of: Freud or Jung?

What are little girls made of: Freud or Jung?

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Monday morning writing joke: “Agreeable”

A subject, a verb, and a direct object enter a bar and sit on the stools.

“What’ll ya have?” the bartender asks.

“I’ll have whatever he’s having,” the noun said pointing to the direct object.

“Same for me,” the verb said, “but make mine to go.”

The bartender then looked directly at the direct object.

The direct object rolled his eyes back and fluttered his lips. “All day,” he said, “all day and now we finally have a noun-verb agreement and I have no clue what I want.”

The subject looked at the verb. “I told you he was a third wheel.”

“Let’s go,” the verb said.

“Agreed,” said the subject and they left.

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