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Wednesday, June 08, 2005
How Big Is Your Bookshop? Beth Yahp 
In Off The Edge's June 2005 Issue 6, Beth Yahp reviews So Many Books by Gabriel Zaid. As much as I'd love to make a review about a book review written in a magazine, I think I'll skip the redundancy and redirect you to this link instead - How Big Is Your Bookshop? by Beth Yahp.

(Off the Edge is dated on the last Monday of every month, and available on the newsstands on the Saturday before that Monday. Or you could read it online instead.)

graceshu  # 4:30 AM
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Sunday, June 05, 2005
Adrian Mole and The Weapons of Mass Destruction 
Sue Townsend draws a close to this series rather hastily: after The Cappuccino Years, Adrian Mole, age 38, lives with his parents while Glen (illegitimate son) is stuck in Iraq, the William (son from a divorce) in Nigeria. He finds himself into a downward spiral of credit card debt, moves into a rat-infested loft he cannot afford, is harrassed by a flock of neighbourhood swans, purchases a talking refrigerator, gets engaged against his will, falls in love with his ex-fiance's sister... the only thing he probably ever did right was to keep his job.

It's filled with bits of dry British humor, various political references, the usual Adrian Mole fare. I am somewhat upset that it's come to an end though I cannot imagine if it will be too... distressing? a piece for Townsend to continue conjuring up ideas for his diary?

Anyhow. It ended with a happily ever after. Well Aidy, I wish you well. Thanks for sharing your life with such intellectual gems eg. the Norwegian Leather Industry poems. Love. Graceshu.

graceshu  # 12:08 AM
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