Deal Me In – Week 4 Wrap Up


Another bountiful crop of stories, essays, and fairy tales this week. We even have Deal Me In’s first play, and who else but Shakespeare could have been afforded that honor? Links are below. (If I’ve missed anybody, feel free to add a link in the comments here and I’ll try not to let it happen again.) :-). Happy reading!

Juliana at Cedar Station posts about Dorothy Parker’s “A Telephone Call”

James read H.L. Mencken’s and Jessica Mitford’s essays, “The Critiscism of Criticism of Criticism” and “Proceed with Caution” respectively:

Dale at Mirror With Clouds read his second Katherine Anne Porter story, “Theft”

Becky at Beckys Book Reviews has a nice summary post of the four stories she’s read in January: “The Spot of Art” by P.G. Wodehouse, “Face Value” by Karen Joy Fowler, “Mr. Lismore and the Widow” by Wilkie Collins, and “Aunt Susannah’s Birthday Celebration” by L.M. Montgomery

“o” at Behold the Stars posts about Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”

John Paul at The Reader Regards Himself wrote about Steve Oney’s “Casualties of War”

Katherine of The a Writerly Reader shares with us “Private Grave #9” by Karen Joy Fowler

It’s the ace of hearts for Jen at Military History, leading her to the Katie Schultz story “Flashes of War”

Randall at Time a Enough at Last read Donald Barthelmes’s “Basil from her Garden”

Cleo at the Classical Carousel read “The Forgotten Daughter” by Caroline Dale Snedecker

Shelf Love has a post summarizing the four essays she’s read this month: “Nicolini and the Lions” by Joseph Addison, Ou-Yang Hiu’s “Pleasure Boat Studio”, “On Greatness” by Abraham Crowley, and “The Knife” by Richard Selzer

Marian at Tanglewood drew the eight of diamonds and read “Ashputtle” (think Cinderella) by The Brothers Grimm

Last but not least, your humble host read “Citizen Conn” by Michael Chabon

2015/01/img_5358.jpgSpeaking of Shakespeare, here’s an easy trivia question for you: what 1999 feature film is a loose adaptation of “The Taming of the Shrew?” (Hint: the cast included actor Heath Ledger)  You do NOT have to answer in the form of a question.

On a personal note, I learned last week that – after passing an online test last year – I’ve been selected for an in-person audition for the show Jeopardy! so I’m off to Chicago in a couple months to try my luck again. (I’ve made it to the contestant pool twice before, but have never been called to appear on the show 😦 )



  1. January 26, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Good luck, Jay!

    The answer to that question is 10 Things I Hate About You. There is a reference in that movie to the Petruchio character having to “sacrifice [him]self on the alter of dignity.” This quickly became the most used piece of marital advice in our household.

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    • Jay said,

      January 26, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Ha! That’s awesome. 🙂 I really like that movie. At my age, I guess I’d have to classify it as a guilty pleasure…


  2. Marian said,

    January 27, 2015 at 12:12 am

    Good luck with the audition! Jeopardy is one of my favorite shows. 🙂

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  3. John-Paul said,

    January 27, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    You’re doing a fine job of this. It must be time consuming curating a challenge. Although everyone on earth knows Jeopardy it has never really caught on in New Zealand despite a few attempts. Good luck.

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    • Jay said,

      January 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, John-Paul. I’m doing my best to keep up with everybody – at least at the beginning – but will probably take the training wheels off at some point and switch to a “linky-post” set up, which I think will be easier when I move to self-hosting, which is in my near future.


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