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  •  Thank you for a very interesting and enjoyable (4+ / 0-)

    diary.  I'll have to re-read Tristram Shandy since the first time I read it I must confess to being somewhat confused by it.  This can be attributed to either poor teaching on the part of the instructor who assigned it, or my own obtuseness.  Guess which excuse I'm going with?  You however, have piqued my interest in giving it another go.

    Power names would have to be Sophia, for a girl, because what is more powerful than wisdom, and Luke, for a boy, because what is more powerful than bringing light to others?

    My pet obsession is cooking.  I have bought hundreds of cookbooks over the years.  I read them all the time.  I have thrown many a dinner party and enjoy spending countless hours in the planning and execution of them.  I have countless notebooks full of recipes and menus for future entertaining.  I watch too many cooking shows to unashamedly admit to polite and intellectual society; the same goes for cooking blogs.  Lastly, I will cook for anyone who is willing to be fed.

    One of the most original novels that I have read is A Confederacy of Dunces.  I suppose my reading isn't terribly esoteric, but I found it compellingly different from most of what I have read.

    Thanks again and best wishes.

    "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy -7.8., -6.6

    by helpImdrowning on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 11:25:03 PM PST

    •  Confederacy of Dunces (3+ / 0-)
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      +1.  One of my all-time favorites, and truly an original.

      I'm not a big fiction reader in general.  Old cookbooks, OTOH, can entertain me for hours!

       I can think of no more stirring symbol of man's humanity to man than a fire engine.     -- Kurt Vonnegut

      by SteelerGrrl on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 11:44:20 AM PST

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    •  I do love 'Confederacy of Dunces' (0+ / 0-)

      I'm a big fan of savage wit.

      I'm sorry my response is so short, I have 42 seconds until the library computer shuts down. 27 now. Bye.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:33:30 PM PST

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