Sunday, August 5, 2007

This Week in Reading August 5 - 11

There's no avoiding it. This week is a week when most of the authors are poets. And some of the storywriters born in this week are also no slouches at poetry, either. That is, if you have a taste for the best kind of humorous doggerel, you could do worse than Garrison Keillor and Stan Freberg, two of the brightest gentle satrists of their generations.

It is also a week of explosive events and very sad days in American history. Hiroshima and Nixon's resignation occured this week in addition to the birthdays of significant people like Nobel peace prizewinner Ralph Bunche, who in earlier times might never have been able to show his worth to the world. Ironically, the Watts Riots began on the birthday of Alex Haley, who was responsible for bringing an awareness of black history to the mainstream white world through his highly successful book, and later television miniseries, Roots.

This week's question: What does the word 'Idylls' mean in Tennyson's poetic work Idylls of the King? Which king is he writing about? Would you rather hear it than read it from your computer?

Answer to last week's question: J. K. Rowling's name is pronounced as if rolling a ball while you were 'bowling', not like 'rauwling' as if you were bowing or cowering. The 'l' makes the 'w' silent but people keep putting it in there as they mispronounce the author's name. Reading a chapter a night most nights, but sometimes only half, we're only up to chapter eight of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Don't tell me how it turns out.

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