having a lie-in

“Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.” – Charles Lamb

U.S. Games, Inc. not only still sells Authors, (yes that 1880s card game is still in print) continually updating the authors depicted, but they also have American Women Authors, which includes Emily Dickinson, Pearl Buck, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothy Parker, Harriet Beecher Stowe as well as American Author which includes: Melville, Whitman, James, Dreiser, Frost, O’Neill, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Baldwin, Wolfe, Cather, and Hemingway. The actual GAME is basically ‘Happy Families’ so it can be played by people who aren’t even old enough to read the cards. the cards also now contains numbers and pips, so they can be used as regular playing cards – for when you get tired of teaching the kids about great literature and move on to

audio
Letters of a Portuguese Nun – Myriam Cyr
In Lucia’s Eyes – Arthur Japin
Atlas of North American English Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change – William Labov

reviews
The Amalgamation Polka – Stephen Wright
Family Secrets – Maile Meloy
Club George: Diary of a Central Park Bird Watcher – Bob Levy
Brooklyn Follies – Paul Auster
Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon – Daniel C. Dennett
Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power– Richard Carwardine
Escape Clause – James O. Born

NYT feature on New York novels

reminder: Bullpen Events Calendar now contains literary events as well as antiquarian book fairs. Please feel free to submit anything that may be interesting to the rest of us. This morning I added the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament just for the hell of it. I’d like to have something listed for every state and at least every week, so that there is always SOMETHING interesting going on.

DYK? you can listen to Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me on the internet?


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