November 29, 2012


One of the titles on the NYT "100 Notable Books of 2012."

Obviously, this is a good source for gift ideas. (And here's that Amazon portal again.)

IN THE COMMENTS: Kirk Parker said links to the Clive James poem "The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered," which has this verse:
Yea, his slim volume with its understated wrapper
Bathes in the blare of the brightly jacketed Hitler's War Machine,
His unmistakably individual new voice
Shares the same scrapyart with a forlorn skyscraper
Of The Kung-Fu Cookbook,
His honesty, proclaimed by himself and believed by others,
His renowned abhorrence of all posturing and pretense,
Is there with Pertwee's Promenades and Pierrots
One Hundred Years of Seaside Entertainment,
And (oh, this above all) his sensibility,
His sensibility and its hair-like filaments,
His delicate, quivering sensibility is now as one
With Barbara Windsor's Book of Boobs,
A volume graced by the descriptive rubric
"My boobs will give everyone hours of fun."
ADDED: Barbara Windsor's Book of Boobs... ... I mean Florence Williams's Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History makes the NYT 100 list... yet we don't see Naomi Wolf's Volume of Vulva... I mean Vagina: A New Biography. That's gotta hurt. Poor Wolf-lady! It's like a deliberate affront. A taunting. History... biography... breasts... vagina... it's so unfair... so... delicious....


Rod McFadden said...


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Ann Althouse said...

@Rod Normally, I would view that as a double post.

edutcher said...

Apparently, this time we really don't want to take a closer look.

Kirk Parker said...

Eh; apparently Breasts has been done already under a slightly different synonym.

Ann Althouse said...

Barbara Windsor's Book of Boobs... LOL.

EDH said...

"Let's take a closer look at those breasts."

Do I hear the dinner bell?

Surfed said...

All tied up at the moment and can't comment...

wyo sis said...

Wow, suddenly I feel so vindictive!

reformed trucker said...

What, no comment from Titus?

Kirk Parker said...

"What, no comment from Titus?"

He's only partway through his "hours of fun".