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>My new Mac is making me do it.

>All kinds of ways to avoid work right here, but I suppose you could tell yourself that it’s continuing education. I’m really enjoying Charles Cumming’s “The 21 Steps.” Maps! Thanks to Leila for the link.

>Off till next week

>Thank you all for the great discussion about adults and children reading. Richard and I are going to New York today to see Elizabeth and other assorted friends and two shows: the revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which was the first show I ever saw on Broadway, and Come Back, Little Sheba […]

>Going down a dark hall

>I’d like to second Elizabeth’s hopes (see comments in Monday’s post) for a Gothic revival. I’ve just finished listening to Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier, narrated by Tony Britton. When I told friends I was reading it, to a woman they started talking about their adolescent (around 10 up, I think) mania for Du […]

>Merry Christmas Darlings

>Hey, I finally made it. I hope everyone gets some nice uninterrupted recreational reading time over the holidays. I’ve started my own off with The Exception by Christian Jungersen (Talese/Doubleday), a hugely engrossing mystery/thriller/black comedy (I think) about the employees of a Danish genocide documentation center. The women who work there have been receiving threatening […]

>How many do YOU bring?

>I will be out of the office the rest of this week, giving a speech in Vermont and then taking a few days to enjoy the Green Mountain State ( a visit to Beau Ties, I hope, and any recommendations for food and ice cream would be much appreciated). And I’m bringing a prodigious number […]

>Get a Clue,

>Nancy Drew. Chris Heppermann’s review of the new movie is up.

>Ice-cold killers

>I’m really enjoying Booklist‘s May 1 Mystery Showcase issue, especially editor Bill Ott’s “A Hard-Boiled Gazetteer to Scandinavia,” which surveys the major Nordic crime novels that have made their way to our shores, a great summer-reading list. We already know about Norway’s penchant for this kind of thing.

Review of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg 162 pp.     Atheneum     1967     $3.95 If there were such a thing as a recipe for a successful children’s book — for which we can be grateful there is not — this one would doubtless violate all the rules. The main characters are […]

Review of The Egypt Game

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder; illus. by Alton Raible 215 pp.     Atheneum     1967     $3.95 An abandoned, closed-in yard behind an antique shop was the perfect place to play the Egypt Game. The children could put up their altars to Set, the Evil One, and to Nefertiti or Isis (as the bust of Nefertiti […]