The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

By Mark Forsyth “if you say, ‘Full fathom five thy father lies’, you will be considered the greatest poet who ever lived. Express precisely the same thought any other way – e.g. ‘your father’s corpse is 9.144 metres below sea level’ – and you’re just a coastguard with some bad news.” This is a very clever and … Continue reading The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase

Maybe This Time

By Jennifer Crusie “Have you talked to North?” he said.“Yes,” she said. “I asked him to get us cable.”“I wish you weren’t talking to him.”“I’d talk to Satan to get cable,” Andie said.” Well, that was different! A genuine ghost story from first to last. Some parts reminded me of a light-hearted Turn of the Screw. … Continue reading Maybe This Time

Bet Me

by Jennifer Crusie “Look, Mother, I am never going to be thin. I’m Norwegian. If you wanted a thin daughter, you should not have married a man whose female ancestors carried cows home from the pasture.” I Enjoyed this very much. I definitely will be revisiting this talented author again soon. I do remember really … Continue reading Bet Me