January 15, 2013 by Daniel
It’s been a while! Well, a bit more than a week, which is a while in Bomb the Stacks! time. Here’s your first Highlights of the year – sorry they’re a bit late.
“Only a bitter little adolescent boy could confuse realism with pessimism.” (The Hoaxer, Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery)
“Mr. Milton had an Adam’s apple the size of a champagne cork and bore as uncanny a resemblance to the Disney character Goofy as was possible without actually being a cartoon dog. His wife was just like him but hairier.” (Bill Bryson, The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid – all quotes below from same)
“‘By 1955,’ according to James T. Patterson in the book Grand Expectations, ‘thirteen states had passed laws regulating the publication, distribution, and sale of comic books.’ Alarmed and fearing regulatory crackdown, the comic-book industry abandoned its infatuations with curvy babes, bloody carnage, squint-worthy shadows, and everything else that was thrilling.”
“So she told me, in a grave tone and with the kind of careful phrasing that made it clear that this was privileged information, all there was to know about sex, though as she was only eleven at this time her knowledge was perhaps slightly less encyclopedic than it seemed to me. Anyway, the essence of the business, as I understood it, was that the man put his thing inside her thing, left it there for a bit, and then they had a baby.”