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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Ring Lardner

Did I mention Ring Lardner? Let's back up. When reading Catcher in the Rye Holden is always saying things like so and so is not really that good a writer, but Ring Lardner, now there's a great writer. I made a point of looking Ring up once. He was a real writer, sports writer in Chicago, moved to NY, moved to short stories. And guess what he is a great, great writer. He became popular, had a large house on long island. Here is a great page of material on the man. Perhaps his most famous line is, "Shut up," he explained. Here's another one: "She gave him a look that you could of poured on a waffle." Got get a book of his stories and start reading.