We had both read Lucky Jim before; it is one of my favourite books, ever. The "academic satire" genre is one that is quite dear to me (cf. David Lodge's Small World, for example), especially when the academics being skewered are medievalists. I have been a medievalist (although I have never been on an "arty weekend"), so it is particularly hilarious to me. We cracked up every night.I have also read The Torontonians before, and I loved it. I haven't had much luck recommending it to others, though, as I'm not sure that the people who read it after my recommendation really enjoyed it. I am particularly fond of literature from that period -- it was published in 1960 -- and there is really nothing from that era that is set in Toronto (plenty of Montreal novels, though, and some prairie ones as well). It is another book about a bored housewife, but the book is so beautiful and powerful to me. I'm not writing very intelligent things about this book, but basically I am so grateful that it exists. It's a gem.
Today I stopped by The Workroom for a quick visit and I picked up a meter of this cotton from India ($8.50/m). I made it into a little runner, and I'm pretty pleased with it! Cheap thrills, folks. Cheap thrills.
Patricia Ann: Aw, ha. I think I'll hang onto it for a little while longer!
jody mcdowell, Verhext: I know, Oreo is so weird! Our crackpot theory is that she was traumatized when she was dropped off at the Humane Society by her original owners. Trying to get her into her cat carrier is tear-inducing, torturous stuff.
CARLY WAITO: I did the same thing! Over and over and over.
Celine: Haha! Yeah, Geoff thinks we can make the opening bigger for Oreo but I think even a modification won't make her go in at all. She's funny. I hope your cats will love it if you get it!
carly: I know, it's so good! And thanks, I hope she will go in!
Juli: Hmm, Oreo is one of those weird cats who doesn't care for cat nip! What the...? Oreo is definitely a percher so I may try putting the box on top of our dresser. I'm not too hopeful, though! Thanks for the tips.
Stéphanie, Danielle, Hollie, She Can't Decide: I'm glad you like it!
nice-etc.com / caitlin: Aw, I'm glad to hear you have funny/weird cats too! I hate hate hate the linoleum. It's dingy and ugly to me. I will never like it! When I see other people's houses with pretty hardwood... I feel so sad. Oh well. One day?
shegallivants: I guess the life expectancy of the box depends on the cat! I mean, this thing will last forever in Oreo's presence.