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I am not sure if Kim mentioned the new collection here somewhere, but ive just been going thru parts of Menagerie, which she edited. Another cc member (at least one i know, for there may be others), ben, has contributed to the anthology.
I am currently reading The Robert Benchley Roundup, compiled by his son. Benchley was a humorist and a member of The Algonquin Table. He wrote shorts for Hollywood. His brand of humor appeals to me very much. He is not absurd, but very silly about every day experiences.
Some of Benchley WAS absurd, all of the articles were very humorous. I enjoyed myself immensely while reading them. I am going to start reading a novel called Angel by Dubose Heyward. The novel was written in 1926. Heyward wrote the novel Porgy, which is the original material for the operetta Porgy and Bess.
I finished reading my novel. It was pretty good, not great, but not horrible. Angel was a woman in the North Carolina Appalachian mountains. The book had a happy ending, which I always prefer.
I got a book off my shelf that I thought was a biography, but I read the jacket blurb and it is a novel about Zelda Fitzgerald. I’m going to read it anyway, although it is a fictionalized account of her life. It is called Z and it is by Therese Anne Fowler.
I finished reading Z, and I have a new found appreciation for Zelda’s writing ability (she is not the author of Z, but Fitzgerald used passages from his wife’s diaries and letters in his own books. Zelda also wrote short stories her agent sold under her husband’s name as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories sold for $4000 each, and stories with Zelda’s name would not fetch nearly that much money).
I am now reading a romance called The King’s Rhapsody, about a princess who marries a king, he is unwilling. He loves his mistress of 20 years, and wants nothing to do with the virginal princess. She plans to MAKE her husband fall in love with her- pure fantasy. One person can not MAKE another fall in love. It’s not a very good book.
I finished reading The King’s Rhapsody. It was not very good. I don’t reccommend it. I am now reading a scholarly tome about American folklore, essays by college professors explaining the science behind studying folklore.
It is called Our Living Traditions: An Introduction to American Folklore edited by Tristram Potter Coffin.