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June 23, 2007

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David

See, it's posts of this quality that make me want to read your novel in one sitting this weekend.
Nicely done!

Steven Augustine


Re: Colapinto's McCartney profile:

"Besides being the surviving member of The Beatles, McCartney..."

Did something happen over the weekend that I'm not as yet aware of?

Pete

Mark, what a great anecdote and photo. And I think that hairstyle is even back in fashion again.

TEV

Thanks, all ... Steven, maybe Ringo wants his own "Ringo is dead" rumor ...

stephan

Great stuff, Mark.

Jimmy Beck

First of all, I dig your shoes from 1984.

Second, I'm wondering how you feel about the Kehew/Ryan book versus Mark Lewisohn's The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions? Do they complement each other? I own the latter--based on your post, it's pretty clear I must buy the former...

"Some kind of innocence is measured out in years..."

TEV

Shoes - you know, I noticed those and wondered why I wasn't wearing my Beatle boots that day. (Yes, we did have them.)

The authors very heavily credit Lewisohn - it's clear they are indebted to him and they build on his foundation. (They appear not to have had the same access to the masters that he did.) They go beautifully hand-in-hand ... go buy that sucker.

Ted

What a delightful and well written post. Just the kind of thing I regularly visit your place for.

Steven Augustine

"...maybe Ringo wants his own "Ringo is dead" rumor."

Well, the cover of "Goodnight, Vienna" *does* feature Ringo standing in for the dead-and-resurrected Klaatu character of the film "The Day The Earth Stood Still"...it might be a good idea to play "Back Off Boogaloo" backwards for clues...

Keith

Rock on, TEV!

Keith

Jason

Thank you so much for that piece. I've been obsessed with the Beatles all my life but only recently have I been able to appreciate Paul and his Wordsworthian charms (as well as his phenomenal bass playing). A great unexpected post from my favorite literary blog!

Jim

The Beatles? Who dey?

genevieve

The photos are very cute. And the book is just plain crazy. They will all shine on.

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TEV DEFINED


  • The Elegant Variation is "Fowler’s (1926, 1965) term for the inept writer’s overstrained efforts at freshness or vividness of expression. Prose guilty of elegant variation calls attention to itself and doesn’t permit its ideas to seem naturally clear. It typically seeks fancy new words for familiar things, and it scrambles for synonyms in order to avoid at all costs repeating a word, even though repetition might be the natural, normal thing to do: The audience had a certain bovine placidity, instead of The audience was as placid as cows. Elegant variation is often the rock, and a stereotype, a cliché, or a tired metaphor the hard place between which inexperienced or foolish writers come to grief. The familiar middle ground in treating these homely topics is almost always the safest. In untrained or unrestrained hands, a thesaurus can be dangerous."

SECOND LOOK

  • The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald

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    Penelope Fitzgerald's second novel is the tale of Florence Green, a widow who seeks, in the late 1950s, to bring a bookstore to an isolated British town, encountering all manner of obstacles, including incompetent builders, vindictive gentry, small minded bankers, an irritable poltergeist, but, above all, a town that might not, in fact, want a bookshop. Fitzgerald's prose is spare but evocative – there's no wasted effort and her work reminds one of Hemingway's dictum that every word should fight for its right to be on the page. Florence is an engaging creation, stubbornly committed to her plan even as uncertainty regarding the wisdom of the enterprise gnaws at her. But The Bookshop concerns itself, finally, with the astonishing vindictiveness of which provincials are capable, and, as so much English fiction must, it grapples with the inevitabilities of class. It's a dense marvel at 123 pages, a book you won't want to – or be able to – rush through.
  • The Rider by Tim Krabbe

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    Tim Krabbé's superb 1978 memoir-cum-novel is the single best book we've read about cycling, a book that will come closer to bringing you inside a grueling road race than anything else out there. A kilometer-by-kilometer look at just what is required to endure some of the most grueling terrain in the world, Krabbé explains the tactics, the choices and – above all – the grinding, endless, excruciating pain that every cyclist faces and makes it heart-pounding rather than expository or tedious. No writer has better captured both the agony and the determination to ride through the agony. He's an elegant stylist (ably served by Sam Garrett's fine translation) and The Rider manages to be that rarest hybrid – an authentic, accurate book about cycling that's a pleasure to read. "Non-racers," he writes. "The emptiness of those lives shocks me."