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” https://cedarstation.wordpress.com/2015/01/18/deal-me-in-week-3-a-telephone-call-by-dorothy-parker/
James read H.L. Mencken’s and Jessica Mitford’s essays, “The Critiscism of Criticism of Criticism” and “Proceed with Caution” respectively: http://jamesreadsbooks.com/2015/01/20/jessica-mitford-vs-h-l-mencken-a-deal-me-in-short-story-challenge/
Dale at Mirror With Clouds read his second Katherine Anne Porter story, “Theft” https://mirrorwithclouds.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/katherine-anne-porter-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 http://blbooks.blogspot.com/2015/01/january-short-stories.html
“o” at Behold the Stars posts about Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” http://beholdthestars.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/the-taming-of-shrew-by-william.html
John Paul at The Reader Regards Himself wrote about Steve Oney’s “Casualties of War” http://readerregards.blogspot.co.nz/2015/01/casualties-of-war-steve-oney.html
Katherine of The a Writerly Reader shares with us “Private Grave #9” by Karen Joy Fowler https://katenread.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/deal-me-in-week-4-private-grave-9/
It’s the ace of hearts for Jen at Military History, leading her to the Katie Schultz story “Flashes of War” https://wisepursuits.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/deal-me-in-2015-week-4/
Randall at Time a Enough at Last read Donald Barthelmes’s “Basil from her Garden” http://timeenuf.blogspot.com/2015/01/deal-me-in-week-4-basil-from-her-garden.html
Cleo at the Classical Carousel read “The Forgotten Daughter” by Caroline Dale Snedecker http://cleoclassical.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-forgotten-daughter.html
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 https://shelflove.wordpress.com/2015/01/25/january-essays-the-deal-me-in-challenge/
Marian at Tanglewood drew the eight of diamonds and read “Ashputtle” (think Cinderella) by The Brothers Grimm http://tangle-wood.blogspot.com/2015/01/8-ashputtle.html
Last but not least, your humble host read “Citizen Conn” by Michael Chabon https://bibliophilica.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/citizen-conn-by-michael-chabon/
Speaking 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 😦 )