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New Foodie Book

New Foodie Book

I had the honor of paging through the only printed copy of my friend Elizabeth’s new book this week. It’s gorgeous, though she worries it is too heavy. I disagree; the book has a good heft. But better than weight, it has recipes! From fish to desserts,...
Psmith in the City

Psmith in the City

I volunteered with Librivox to read aloud some of the public domain Project Gutenberg texts. I talked about doing this on my own last year, but except for some scattered short stories, never really followed through. It’s a daunting task to read an entire book...
Psmith in the City

New York Diary

Ah, another Parker reading randomly selected from The Portable Dorothy Parker. At this rate, I’ll have read the whole thing aloud in about two years. Still haven’t gotten to the poetry, though. This one is a short story from 1936. From the Diary of a New...
Psmith in the City

Too Charming

I can’t get enough of Dorothy Parker, though you are probably tired of my daily readings. That’s just rotten for you but I assure you it is just a phase. I’ll soon be onto new topics. Here’s another book review from the New Yorker column,...
Psmith in the City

Constant Reader

One of my favorite sections of The Portable Dorothy Parker is the collection of her book reviews. From 1927 through 1933 she wrote a column for The New Yorker called “Constant Reader.” I’ve never enjoyed book reviews as well as hers; they are snarky...
Psmith in the City

Dorothy Parker

I had the good fortune at St Mark’s Bookshop in New York, to find a book I’ve been missing since I packed it away eight years ago in Pittsburgh. The Portable Dorothy parker is something I opened again and again when it was on my bookshelf. So today, when...