Re: Like that between poetry and philosophy, perhaps

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"Since the dawn of time, the Jew and the Nazi have been enemies."


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:19 PM
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It is a gripping period drama with wry humour, apparently.


Posted by: snarkout | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:20 PM
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"post war"? "post war"?! Close it up!


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:23 PM
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Although not musical (it does have some music) the book is a kind of "Cabaret" of post war Germany.

Wait, what?


Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:23 PM
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2: It is also apparently by one Lionel Davidson.


Posted by: Mr. Blandings | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:31 PM
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I have several questions.

One, are the Lionels, Davies and Davidson, the same person?

Two, is that picture of the dude with the hat a picture of Lionel or Philip?

Three, assuming Lionel Davies and Lionel Davidson are the same person, did Philip Davidson ever go by Philip Davies?

Four, when does web design get back to its roots?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:32 PM
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I don't know what 5 and 6 are on about.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:32 PM
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I'm sure keeping track of the fonts and centering and succession and so on were enough of a burden without keeping track of author names.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:34 PM
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I didn't keep track of the fonts at all.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:37 PM
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That's absolutely true. You have no excuse, then.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:39 PM
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I dated Willis's daughter.


Posted by: OPINIONATED LIONEL JEFFERSON | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 2:39 PM
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How can I pass up the opportunity to admit someone to grad school was an ice cream specialist at his restaurant job?

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Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 3:23 PM
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When I were a wee lad, I'd read Puffin books (Penguin's junior sibling) that had selection lists like these at the end, together with--on the very last page--an order form. They'd list the books and opposite them would be astonishingly low prices: 15p for the first book, 10p for five books, 4p for each additional book. Amazing! I never ordered any because I had no English money. (Or indeed any other form of money.) It took me an embarrasingly long time to figure out the obvious about the prices.


Posted by: Gonerill | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 3:23 PM
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Lionel Davidson is, by the way, the author of the children's book Under Plum Lake, which is one of the most intense and disturbing reading experiences available to a young person. It was out of print for about 30 years until very very recently, and now is only available in a shitty edition full of mistakes. But I recommend it in that creepy you-absolutely-must way that makes one not really want to even read a thing.


Posted by: AWB | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 3:36 PM
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12: just keep your cool.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 3:39 PM
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13: I coveted so many of those books. Only a few of them seemed to make it across the Irish Sea.
What was the obvious - postage charges?


Posted by: emir | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 7:07 PM
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12: Not everyone pays for their undergrad degree working at a particle accelerator.


Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 7:20 PM
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17: We are the 99.9999999%


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 7:23 PM
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17 to 16.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 7:25 PM
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I am suffused with warm feelings for Backus-Naur form.


Posted by: clew | Link to this comment | 01-13-13 8:21 PM
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Is the basis of the OP's sentences 3 through 5 that a "selection of books" can only be the full text of the books themselves, not a listing of books someone has selected? Because I would dispute that.


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 01-14-13 7:22 AM
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I coveted so many of those books. Only a few of them seemed to make it across the Irish Sea.
What was the obvious - postage charges?

Presumably, that the books were rather old editions. A cheap paperback in the early 70s might have been only 10p.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 01-14-13 7:58 AM
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Lionel Davidson is, by the way, the author of the children's book Under Plum Lake, which is one of the most intense and disturbing reading experiences available to a young person.

Yeah! Kind of like Bulwer-Lytton's The Coming Race rewritten for kids. My inability to avoid confusing it with Under Milk Wood caused me a lot of avoidable puzzlement.


Posted by: ajay | Link to this comment | 01-14-13 7:59 AM
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16.2: I'm guessing that the lower prices are per book, not that you could buy an increasing number of books for a decreasing total amount, but perhaps I'm underestimating Child Gonerill.


Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 01-14-13 8:12 AM
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"Making Good Again" is actually very good. Davidson was a thoughtful writer about Jewishness -- though "A long Way to Shiloh" now seems ridiculously optimistic -- and a very good thriller writer, whose thrillers are both literate and thrilling. "The Rose of Tibet" is wonderfully counterfactual.


Posted by: Nworb Werdna | Link to this comment | 01-14-13 8:19 AM
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