Friday 16 April 2010

Stuck-in-a-Book's Weekend Miscellany

I can't believe it's the weekend already - which probably is a sentiment which could only be expressed by a student. It also marks a week since my library book was due back... oh dear. And I've only just started it. The money I'm saving on not buying books has gone straight to paying fines for borrowing books...

It's been a little while, but I'm sure you all remember the
drill with the Weekend Miscellany. We keep it simple it here - one from each shelf, please. Here we go...

1.) The blog post - Is Simon S's wonderfully enthused review of Evelyn Waugh's The Loved One, which has definitely moved it a couple hundred places in my tbr mountain. I've read a couple Waughs before, and will again (you could say this is my inter-Waugh period, a-ha-ha-clunk).

2.) The book - came through the door yesterday, and is Tarzan and the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was amused to see this back at the fore of Oxford University Press' marketing - I walked past their shop on the high street yesterday, and there are dozens of copies in the window, I wish I'd had my camera with me. Obviously I've heard of Tarzan, but my main experience with him of late has been QD Leavis' dismissal in her rather snobbish and wholly fascinating Fiction and the Reading Public (from 1932) that ‘to the highbrow public “Ethel M. Dell” or “Tarzan” should be convenient symbols, drawn from hearsay rather than first-hand knowledge’. Ouch! I'm looking forward to getting my first-hand knowledge, thanks Queenie, love.

3.) The link - is sort of cheating, because it's to a blog. But it's a whole blog, rather than an individual blog post, because the whole thing is just so wonderful. And the blog in question? I think I've mentioned it before, but was reminded of it this week on Facebook (thanks Meg!) It's called Colour Me Katie. Well, in actual fact it's the American equivalent of that, but I can't bring myself to take the 'u' out of 'Colour' - sorry! Clicking here will take you to it. There are no books involved, for once - Katie is a freelance photographer and street artist, and basically does exciting little projects involving lots of colour! She's chalked footprints down the street, painted Pac Man characters around walls, spontaneously put up paper balloons... it's all so lovely and joyful and definitely colourful. I'm getting a bit of life-envy here... Oh, AND she has a cat. Go and become happier!


  1. Ooooh thanks for sending a link to my thoughts on Waugh. It's a book I desperately want everyone to read as its brilliant.

    I got the Tarzan book too and am intrigued as to what its going to be like, I love the way they have covered this, its retro and eye catching.

  2. I completely understand about the library fines, but I never feel too bad about getting library fines because the money goes to such a good cause!

  3. A classicist friend of mine, Erling B. Holtmark, wrote a scolarly pop culture book, Tarzan and Tradition: Classical Myth in Popular Literature.

    I love the Tarzan books!

  4. Dear Jo M (and Simon), unless your libraries charge really large fines then the cost of administering them is usually significantly more than the money raised. As chair of my University Library User Group we discuss fines on a regular basis and never use them to increase the income stream. The library (and its users) actually want the books back on time not the money! I think you should feel some remorse that other people are having to wait for their books.

  5. (@ Dark Puss)

    Hear, hear!

  6. Thank you SO much for the blog link! You haven't exaggerated, it's wonderful!

  7. I can't believe either that it's the weekend again and over a week since we shared a lovely afternoon together.

    The Loved One is a wonderfully eccentric and darkly humorous read and I highly recommend it.

    I took a note of that blog link when I saw it on facebook; from a quick look so far, it looks like one that I will love.

  8. Perhaps I should clarify: I don't try to get fines (as someone who is often waiting for books on hold, I know how frustrating it can be to wait for a book), but on the scale of things to feel really guilty about it, public library fines don't measure very high on my list. I do my best to get my books back on time, but sometimes returning library books is the thing that has to give! Thanks, Dark Puss, for the insight into the true nature of library fines. I appreciated it!

  9. I loved Simon's review of the Waugh too. :) And I'm off to check out the colour blog now.


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