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Wednesday, 13 October 2021
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blog preview image by Reg Green Nicholas, 27 years ago, on the lower slopes of the Matterhorn in Switzerland, a few days before he was shot by two minor Mafia figures on the Naples to Sicily autostrada who mistook our car for one delivering jewelry. Like many other high school kids I writhed my way through a few ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/13/2021 7:22 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 9 October 2021
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blog preview image A literary kick in the pants. Reported by Reg Green One of P.G. Wodehouse's upper-class characters has "a look of disdain that could open an oyster at 60 paces." He is the formidable Roderick Spode who was based loosely on a British fascist at a time when the Nazi brownshirts, Mussolini's ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2021 1:14 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 2 October 2021
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blog preview image A literary kick in the pants. Reported by Reg Green Alan Arkin as Captain Yossarian From Joseph Heller's Catch-22 :  Yossarian, the bombardier, desperate not to fly any more missions in World War II Italy, says:  "From now on I'm thinking only of me." Major Danby replied indulgently ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/02/2021 12:43 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 25 September 2021
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blog preview image A literary kick in the pants. Reported by Reg Green "Every writer I know has trouble writing," Joseph Heller If you too struggle, I hope this story from Frank Budgen's book, "James Joyce and the Making of Ulysses," will cheer you up.  Joyce, out walking one evening in Zurich, fell into ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/25/2021 1:18 AM by Reg Green
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Sunday, 19 September 2021
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blog preview image A literary kick in the pants. Reported by Reg Green A few days ago I was thinking of a friend I knew in England who told me once that at his first job all levels of management to emphasize camaraderie wore identical white coats like doctors, except for the color of their bow ties. You could get ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/19/2021 6:38 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 11 September 2021
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blog preview image A literary kick in the pants. Reported by Reg Green To any readers wondering whether to pursue a literary career,  George Orwell had some advice:"There is only one way to make money at writing," he told friends. "Marry a publisher's daughter." ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/11/2021 5:22 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 4 September 2021
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blog preview image A literary kick in the pants. Reported by Reg Green This has not been a good week for comedy: the shameful cut- and-run from Afghanistan, Covid still elusive, unprecedented flooding in some places and unprecedented drought in others, all intensified by the organized hatreds of contemporary politics, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/04/2021 1:09 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 28 August 2021
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blog preview image Literary Kicks in the Pants, Reported by Reg Green Which is more important: money or health? Here's a clue from Joseph Heller, "Health can't buy you money." ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/28/2021 3:01 PM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 21 August 2021
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blog preview image Literary Kicks in the Pants, Reported by Reg Green When Véra Nabokov, wife of the writer and manager of every aspect of his affairs, died 14 years after her husband, their son Dmitri remembered that she had said she wanted her ashes to be united with his father's. When there was some difficulty ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/21/2021 12:29 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 14 August 2021
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blog preview image by Reg Green What is happening in Afghanistan is awful: awful for world peace, awful for the standing of the US, awful above all for any man or, worse, any woman there with a shred of independence of mind.       But this is the Iconoclast where you are allowed to have more than one regimented ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/14/2021 6:59 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 14 August 2021
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blog preview image Literary Kicks in the Pants, Reported by Reg Green A lady should never ‘cut’ someone, that is to say, fail to acknowledge their presence, after encountering them socially, unless it is absolutely necessary. A cut is only excusable when men persist in bowing whose acquaintance a lady does not ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/14/2021 1:01 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 31 July 2021
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blog preview image by Reg Green William Thackeray How many New English Review readers over the years, I wonder, have switched off their television set at bedtime on Sunday -- the posh channel, of course -- their minds full of stories from renowned novelists of proud lords, duplicitous bishops and scheming social ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/31/2021 12:38 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 24 July 2021
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blog preview image collected by Reg Green The most recent eruption of articles about the British royal family -- with the echoes that come with them of former pettiness, backbiting and greed -- reminded me of a story in a world so long gone that it might be from fairyland. In Hons and Rebels*  Jessica Mitford who ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/24/2021 5:59 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 17 July 2021
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blog preview image by Reg Green A few miles from my home, in an upscale area just north of Los Angeles, is a registered nursing home. Its rating in that loose industry is respectable; it seems to conform to all the regulations.  It is operating, however, as a madhouse. I've just been released from it after a ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2021 8:31 AM by Reg Green
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Saturday, 17 July 2021
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blog preview image collected by Reg Green English comic, Bob Monkhouse: "People used to laugh at me when I said I wanted to be a comic. Well, they're not laughing now." ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2021 6:20 AM by Reg Green
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