Monday, March 26, 2007

Things I can't read at the reference desk

... because I find these literature- and history-related pieces very funny. It can be embarrassing to sit and laugh at your computer screen when you're in a room full of people trying to study.

Sometimes I make my coworkers read these articles, just so it looks like there's more than one of us in on the joke.

Who reads what and why, from Car Talk.

What would happen if ancient Rome had the Internet.

John Bloom on book reviews, from the National Review back in May '02. I've been known to enjoy certain works of literary fiction, but this article about book reviewers' pet phrases is priceless.

I'd hoped to post more last week, but things like work and editing kept getting in the way. In the meanwhile, hope you enjoy these.


  1. Loved the National Review one. (And speaking of "pregnancy narratives," the New York Times recently reviewed not one but two of them.)

  2. I like "If Ancient Rome had the internet". Thanks for the link!

    There used to be a variant on Who Reads What and Why for British newspapers. I wonder if I can find it?

  3. I'm so stealing the If Ancient Rome Had Interent-link and spread it all over my LifeJournal friend list. :)

    Thanks for providing a good laugh.

  4. Anonymous4:31 PM

    Thanks for the National Review one. I laughed out loud on the Reference Desk reading that one, and then forwarded it to a friend I knew would appreciate it.

  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one! I laugh every time I read it.