Monday, May 7, 2007

This Week in Reading May 6 - 12

This is a mild week, as weeks go. Perhaps something could be said of beginning with Freud who dealt with the unspoken, and ending with the outspoken George Carlin, but if Thomas Pynchon is too obscure to comprehend and Barbara Taylor Bradford too obvious this week, you could just loll about on Limerick Day and smell the rhymes.

There was and still is a wonderful day,
Which comes around each twelfth day of May;
You make up some lines,
To give all the signs,
That Nonsense himself has not gone away.

This week's question: Archibald MacLeish was Librarian of Congress for five years, appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, but opposed by the American Library Association because he was not a library administrator. How many Librarians of Congress have actually been professional librarians?

Answer to last week's question: Seemingly a trick question because most everyone knows that Gertrude Stein was the author of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, but Toklas's own What is Remembered and The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook may comprise a fuller biography according to Anna Linzie, the author of The True Story of Alice B. Toklas.

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