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September 24, 2015


I didn't know all this about Wodehouse.thank you Lawrence

Thanks for your comment, Grace. I appreciate it.

An important post. I'm inclined to agree with Orwell's verdict: stupidity. The remarkable thing to contemplate is the relation of such stupidity, or naivete, with the comic talent behind the Jeeves and other Wodehouse novels. -- DL

I agree, David. I associate comic talent with insight into the human condition combined with the ability to see it from some unique angle that provides a startling shock of recognition prompting laughter. If the Wooster books had only been about Wooster, an eternally baffled character if there ever was one, Wodehouse might be more easily forgiven. But Jeeves has remarkable insights into human psychology and dazzling linguistic fluidity. It is those very characteristics that make me wonder why Wodehouse couldn't have been less Bertie Wooster and more Jeeves toward the Nazis.


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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