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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

What a feast!!

I need to read at least one Barbara Pym novel to prepare for Women's Hotel, because I haven't read any as of yet. Which one should I choose? Which one will optimally prepare me to Get The Joke?

I'm pressing A because B was so familiar that I could hardly get through it without cringing. I want to compare it paragraph to paragraph to a recent journal entry I wrote after discovering a huge and embarrassing mistake my work nemesis made, and getting to solemnly notify my colleagues. ("We're on the same team, broadly!" I wrote. "His embarrassment equals institutional embarrassment which equals my embarrassment, or should. And yet I'm so gleeful I want to pirouette.")

So anyway, Salieri monk hits entirely too close to home for me to properly enjoy, while caustic friend lady is someone I can feel a pleasant if slight moral superiority over.

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I want sooooooooo badly to read them both and also I think that you should write a vampire story

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Aug 29, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

I’m obsessed with these and can’t get enough, especially of Thomas Merton’s ENEMY! More seething monks please

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

I mean both.gif

Hope it’s a matter of sequencing and not elimination

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

Oh, goodness, B. I started reading thinking I would be able to stop when my tea timer went off, but that tea has STEEPED.

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I would absolutely read all of these books! Fantastic excerpts

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Aug 29, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

A

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B all the way. I have had those thought processes before, not relating to death, but still...

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Aug 29, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

I confess that I kind of want the best friendless woman’s friendship breakup to somehow be tangentially related to Merton’s death, but I’m no good.

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Aug 29, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

A!!! A+

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

Delicious! I read to the end of B and then immediately hit back, reload the page, and choose A

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

These are both so delightful! I’m voting B only because it’s longer and so I got more deeply into it

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

A

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Aug 28, 2023·edited Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

Spiteful monk has real force behind it. The kind of force a writer has to have paid for in advance.

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

B, please! Thoroughly enjoyed that excerpt.

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Aug 28, 2023Liked by Daniel Lavery

If I must choose, then B, but absolutely want to read all!

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