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Ginnie Graham, columnist for the Tulsa World, recently wrote a wonderful article about reading. Her column made my heart sing. It sounded like it had been written by a librarian. She totally gets the benefits of reading, summing up by stating, “Reading is about escapism, imagination, learning, enjoyment, healing, thought-provoking, inspiration, laughter, sadness or just good storytelling.” Amen!
Robert Randisi is the kind of author that puts out five or six books a year, mostly westerns or mysteries. The emphasis is on quantity. However, his Rat Pack mysteries are the kind of books that make me clear my schedule whenever one comes in. They are a guilty pleasure.
In the summer of 1980 I transferred from OSU to TU. I took a summer class to get the lay of the land, and serendipitously discovered the professor whose enthusiasm for literature would inspire me to change my major from French to English literature. The late great Dr. Jim Watson was passionate about books and introduced me to many great writers, not the least of which was the holy trinity of Southern Literature; William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor.
Chances are, you would have to be an English major to know who Saki was. This is a crime, because Saki (H.H. Munro, 1870-1916) is killingly funny. He was inspired by Oscar Wilde and Lewis Carroll a generation before him, and in turn inspired P.G. Wodehouse, Graham Greene, and A.A. Milne. In our generation, he influenced Edward Gorey, who illustrated his book, THE UNREST-CURE AND OTHER STORIES (New York Review Books, 2013.) It is a perfect match.