Loved this. I work with Excel and charts all day and I wish the analysis and subject matter were as fun as this.
Jorge, you are welcome. Hope you are enjoying the visit with your mother.
Thomas, thank you for that article. The word fits it perfectly.
By the way, it was a reply to Moff. Not sure what happened with my posting.
As someone who deserted the Comp. Lit. field many years ago, and who has two young girls at home, I absolutely agree with this approach. My job is to facilitate their exposure to all kinds of books, whether they are written by white men from Brooklyn, Dominican immigrants, young Nigerian females, librarians from Maryland or dead French aviators, with no further agenda than giving them a taste of pluralism. Let them figure things out on their own. But make sure there is diversity in what they read.
How old were the girls in this group? The club could sandwich Phantom Tollbooth between something like Annie John and Before We Were Free.
Oh, no! Do I really have to pick one? Juvenile, badly spelled ramblings or paeans to smoking in public? I can't make up my mind!
I read more than I comment. I also visit Gawker. It doesn't have to be either/or.
Nobody retires at 50 with a pension anymore.
Sorry, Maria. I can't romanticize smoking. I was a one-pack a day smoker for 20 years. Doing breathing treatments for asthma is not very glamorous.