Grandpa Squirrel brought over some Toronto papers from the weekend. Bits and pieces from an after-dinner browse through the Globe and Mail Books section:
The week's Challenge (Warren Clements' column) was "to combine the names of a well-known person and of a food item, and to describe the new individual." The winner was "Sean Penne: He's known for his short fusilli...."; but I also liked "Dr. Phyllo: a layered personality, but rather flaky."
Three kids' books that sound like ones I'd like to read: The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett; Previously by Allan Ahlberg (another book involving fairy-tale characters); and Iron Hans, retold by Stephen Mitchell. One "kids'" book I think I'll take a pass on: "Before I Die."
A book of short stories called "writing [that] utterly obscures itself: author invisible, art luminous."
A biography of Ernest Rutherford, who (according to the reviewer) said, "In science there is only physics, the rest is stamp collecting." "In Rutherford's hands, the atom lost its reputation as a spongy blob of positive and negative electrical charges....All things nuclear--medicine, energy and war--became possible." That sounds like a book Mr. Fixit might like.
And a review of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, by Michael Pollan. The review is called "Eat right or diet trying." "The most interesting aspect of Pollan's manifesto lies not so much in what we should eat (and avoid) as in why and how we arrived at this place...."
So many book reviews, so little time.