Reading list: December

Forester, C. S. The Happy Return (Beat to Quarters) (1938).
Forester, C. S. Ship of the Line (1938).
Forester, C. S. Flying Colours (1939).
Forester, C. S. Hornblower and the Crisis (coll. 1967).
Shakespeare, William. Timon of Athens (c. 1604).
Keay, John. The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named (2000).
Irving, Washington. Chronicle of the Conquest of Granada (1829).
Smith, Dodie. The 101 Dalmatians (1956).
Housman, A. E. A Shropshire Lad (1896).
Hoagwood, Terence Allan. A. E. Housman Revisited (1995).
Keasler, John. Dear George: Presenting Himself, Expert on Everything and Advice Columnist EXTRAORDINARY (1959-62).
Kipling, Rudyard. The Second Jungle Book (1895).
Giardinelli, Mempo. The Tenth Circle (1998).
Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows (1908).
Simak, Clifford D. Destiny Doll (1971).
Tarkington, et al. Greatest Short Stories vol. IV (coll. 1915).
Finney, Charles G. The Circus of Dr. Lao (1935).
Asimov, Isaac. Asimov of Science Fiction (coll. 1981).

Reading list: December

Forester, C. S. Hornblower and the "Hotspur" (1962).
Sanderson, Peter, ed. The X-Men Companion I (1982).
Sivadasa. The Five-and-Twenty Tales of the Genie (Penguin) (C13?).
Aldrich, Thomas Bailey. The Story of a Bad Boy (1869).
Forester, C. S. Hornblower and the "Atropos" (1953).
Galbert of Bruges. The Murder of Charles the Good, Count of Flanders (1127-8).
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor. Christabel; Kubla Khan, a Vision; The Pains of Sleep (1816).
Gilsdorf, Ethan. Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks (2010).
Chabon, Michael. Maps and Legends (2008).
Morrison, Bill. Innocence and Seduction: The Art of Dan DeCarlo (2006).
Schwartz, Sherwood, and Lloyd Schwartz. Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch as Told by the Father/Son Team Who Really Know (2010).
Allen, Steve. Bop Fables (1955).
Burnet, Dana. The Pool (1945).
Rule, Anne. The Killer beside Me (1980).
Lovecraft, H.P. The Doom That Came to Sarnath and Other Stories ((1917-1935) coll. 1971).

Reading list: October

Forester, C. S. Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (1950),
Forester, C. S. Lieutenant Hornblower (1952).
Fielding, Henry. The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (1749).
Alger, Horatio. In Search of Treasure (1894).
Conan Doyle, Arthur. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902).
Walters, Stan B. The Truth About Lying: How to Spot a Lie and Protect Yourself from Deception (2000).
Stephen, James Kenneth. Lapsus Calami (1891-2).
Kafka, Franz. Parables and Paradoxes (coll. 1936).
Best, Joel. More Damned Lies and Statistics: How Numbers Confuse Public Issues (2004).

Reading list: September

Graves, Robert. Love Respelt (1966).
Hass, Robert. Time and Materials: Poems 1997-2005 (coll. 2007).
Taylor, Barbara, and Mark O'Shea. The Great Big Book of Snakes and Reptiles (1998-2000 (coll. 2005)).
Cavendish, Margaret. A Description of a New World, Called the Blazing-World (1666).
Jackson, A. V. Williams. From Constantinople to the Home of Omar Khayyam: Travels in Transcaucasia and Northern Persia for Historical and Literary Research (1911).
Calder, Nigel. The Comet Is Coming: The Feverish Legacy of Mr. Halley (1980).
Lynn, Kenneth S. The Comic Tradition in America ((1722-1898) coll. 1958).
Boller, Paul F., Jr. They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions (1989).
Brower, Steven. Breathless Homicidal Slime Mutants: The Art of the Paperback (2010).
Newhart, Bob. I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me As Funny (2006).
Pinkwater, Daniel Manus. Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl (2010).
Lamb, Harold. The Flame of Islam (1930).
Parille, Ken, and Isaac Cates, eds. Daniel Clowes: Conversations (2010 (1988-2009)).
Alger, Horatio. Grand'ther Baldwin’s Thanksgiving (1875)
Adam, Franklin P. Tobogganing on Parnassus (1905-1910 (coll. 1911)).
Smith, Robert Paul. "Where Did You Go? " "Out" "What Did You Do? " "Nothing" (1957).


He lived alone, and, so to speak, outside of every social relation; and as he knew that in this world account must be taken of friction, and that friction retards, he never rubbed against anybody.

Jules Verne, Around the World in Eighty Days (1873).


One function of this Romantic School, though not the most important, is to make an immediate literary profit out of all accessible books of learning. It was a quick-witted school, and knew how to turn quotations and allusions. Much of its art, like the art of the Euphues, is bestowed on making pedantry look attractive.

W. P. Ker, Epic and Romance: Essays on Medieval Literature (1896).


The economic problem, the struggle for subsistence, always has been hitherto the primary, most pressing problem of the human race. If the economic problem is solved, mankind will be deprived of its traditional purpose.

John Maynard Keynes, "Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren" (1930)


"If thy hands are busy, the time will pass more quickly. Dost thou like to whittle?"

"Of course," answered Robin. "Who does not? But I have naught to whittle."

Marguerite de Angeli, The Door through the Wall (1949).