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wodehouse_p_g_printP.G. Wodehouse by David Levine

Another busy week is behind me. I’m hoping for some quality down time this weekend–time to pour myself a good beverage and settle in with a good book. Seems like I haven’t had time to read in ages. At the rate I’m going I should finish The Valley of Amazement in approximately 2024.Perhaps I need some lighter fare to get me going . . . perhaps I need a little P.G. Wodehouse. That’s the ticket!

In the meantime, here are a few bookish bits from the week . . .

Do you remember reading the Choose Your Own Adventure books? Good times, those.  Well, Mary Ortberg (via The Toast) has graciously given us Choose Your Own P.G. Wodehouse Adventure. Oh yes, it’s true.

Folks at The Millions have hopped on the Upworthy-style headline bandwagon and rewritten a few book titles.

On the flip-side, Chang-rae Lee talks about  reading big, complex works which [he] found arresting and difficult then and find arresting and difficult now,” part of New York Times By the Book series.

Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro hang out, part of a Google Hangout hosted by Random House Canada.

In case you were feeling a bit too happy this week, check out Slate’s How Londoners Died in One Plague-Ridden Week in 1665. I’m not exactly sure what Impofthume is, but I’m pretty sure it was a bad way to go.

While we’re talking reading material that could possibly make you sick, Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has acquired “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance and Excess in the World of Investment Banking,” a book written by the fellow behind the parody Twitter account @GSElevator, which reports things overheard in the elevator at Goldman Sachs.


  1. I think it’s the same as imposthume:
    n. 1. A collection of pus or purulent matter in any part of an animal body; an abscess.
    v. t. & i. 1. Same as Imposthumate.

    It’s really disgusting.

    • amelia

      28 January 2014 at 5:29 am

      Hmm, yeah, well, that’s precisely why I chose not to investigate further . . . I could have gone my entire life without knowing that particular tidbid. I try to avoid all things related to pus or purulent matter . . . :I

  2. Glad I could help. =)

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