Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

Happy weekend, everyone.  It’s finally starting to look a bit sunnier and – dare I say it – a touch less freezing here, so I’ll be spending my Saturday… at work.  Oh well, it’ll be nice to say hello to Bodleian people, and then I’m off to spend Saturday evening at my friend’s house, watching The Voice.  Very classy, me.  You can treat yourself better, by reading a weekend miscellany.

1.) The blog post – check out Hayley’s response to my recent On Not Knowing Art post, entitled On Knowing Art.

2.) The book – came courtesy of lovely Folio books, and is a beautiful copy of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque – which I’ve been intending to read for ages.  Has anyone read it? (Follow that link to see the details of the Folio edition I was kindly sent.)

3.) The link – is silly. It just is silly. But I love it. Click here to ask one of nature’s great questions.

12 thoughts on “Stuck-in-a-Book’s Weekend Miscellany

  • April 6, 2013 at 5:56 am
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    All quiet on the western front is an amazing book, it really shows you how horrible WWI was for all the soldiers, from both sides.
    I hope you will enjoy it,

    kind regards,

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    • April 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm
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      My book group is reading it later in 2013, so I will report back in due course!

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  • April 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm
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    With ONE youtube video you almost derailed my plans to get the laundry into the dryer and the hoovering done before noon today..aarrrgh. Enjoy your weekend, Simon.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm
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    I read All Quiet on the Western Front before you were born. According to my index card file, I was very impressed by the book but thought it was gory and sad. Those are the impressions of a 1960s teenager. I might have different opinions if I read it now.

    My cat Nikita and I were reading your blog together, as we often do. Today was her turn because my cat Turtle went back to bed after breakfast. Nikita felt the dinosaur lacked any enthusiasm for the conflict and thought that the kitten would get a big head after such an easy victory. So hard to impress a cat!

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    • April 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm
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      Nikita's thoughts did make me laugh! :D

      I'll report back on All Quiet in due course, and see if I agree… I hope it's not TOO gory.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm
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    Oh dear I did have a copy of All quiet on the Western front, but I'm afriad I culled it unceremoniously from my TBR, maybe I shouldn't have. That Folio edition looks lovely.

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    • April 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm
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      Folio editions are simply beautiful, aren't they? They can hardly help being.

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  • April 6, 2013 at 9:52 pm
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    I finally got around to reading AQotWF a couple of years ago, and wondered why I had never gotten around to it before. It is brilliant – has a well-deserved place in the twentieth-century canon.

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    • April 13, 2013 at 1:14 pm
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      I'm glad to hear that, Debbie; it's made me all the more eager to read it (and then maybe Not So Quiet by Helen Zenna Smith, a Virago Modern Classic that I assume is connected somehow.)

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    • April 13, 2013 at 1:15 pm
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      Thank you so much for that recommendation (and what a striking title it has.)

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