Saturday, September 15, 2018

On Mint Juleps

“Have you ever tasted a mint-julep, Beach?’

‘Not to my recollection, sir.’

‘Oh, you’d remember all right if you had. Insidious things. They creep up to you like a baby sister and slide their little hands into yours and the next thing you know the Judge is telling you to pay the clerk of the court fifty dollars. ”

From P G Wodehouse. Summer Lightning

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

On Finishing Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe


Tonight I finished the 47th and last Nero Wolfe book. I started last November. The stories were surprisingly consistent in quality all the way through. I frankly enjoyed every one, though they all rated 3-4 stars for me. No 5s. But also no 2s!

The great thing about a series like this is, if you get bored, you can always pick up the next one. Or at least I could until now. Sure, I could start over, but there are too many great books to read to do that.

Maybe in 5 years or so.

Monday, September 10, 2018

On Trust

“... no man has complete trust in another, he merely thinks he has because he needs to and hopes to.”

Nero Wolfe
From Rex Stout, A Family Affair

On Physicists

“There is only one object in the world that frightens me, a physicist working on a new trick.”

Nero Wolfe
From Rex Stout, A Family Affair