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May 23, 2007

Beach Blanket Bingo

This week's column:

Entertainment is in the eye of the beholder. Consider the case of what are usually called "beach novels" -- bulky sagas of lust, money, and adventure, page-turning epics of escapism that are (it's said) addictive. I've never been able to work up the appetite to read one, even while bored on vacation in a seafront town. Clive James characterized the dialogue of one such novelist as resembling "an argument between two not-very-bright drunks."

Which might be fun to witness in real life, actually, depending on the subject of the dispute. But reading the transcript seems like an invitation to a bad headache.

Diversion doesn't have to be mind-numbing, let alone painful. With the end of the semester at hand, then, a few recommendations of recent books and DVDs that are smarter than your average bar fight -- and more entertaining.....

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Posted by smclemee at May 23, 2007 7:41 AM


Will Clarke is from Texas I think and got profiled last year by TNYTBR. "Lord Vishnu's Love Handles", his novel.

Posted by: Brian Hadd at May 23, 2007 2:26 PM

But reading the transcript seems like an invitation to a bad headache, which reminds me of this
Slow Motion Railway Disaster
('highlights' of Michael Totten's night out with The Hitch)

Writing up my edited highlights worked sort of like a hangover cure for me.

Posted by: Charles Stewart at May 24, 2007 1:17 AM