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Ancient Grammar Police: 'Oh, for cryin' out loud...you never end a sentence with a . . .'
'It can hold a thousand books, whatever 'books' are...'
"Sorry about that resumé. I haven't had much call recently for words or math."
"I've read all the great books. They weren't that great."
"Great money scenes!"
Thinning the Herd through Reading and Comprehension: 'All-they-can-eat Fish Feast!'
"Once you've read your favorite authors on a little illuminated screen, you can't go back."
"She's got money and he's a 'poet'."
Tags:relationship, relationships, marriage, married, husband, husbands, wife, wives, spouse, spouses, couple, couples, men, man, woman, women, gossip, gossiping, gossiper, gossipers, pretentious, snob, snobs, snobby, talking smack, talking trash, trash talk, smack talk, writer, writers, writing, write, author, authors, literary, literacy, literature, poet, poets, poetry
Teachers' Training Toughened: 'Sorry I'm late, I had to help one of the student teachers with their homework.'
"It's been moved and seconded, Cartwright, that we clap if we believe in fairies."
Tags:office, offices, business, businesses, businessman, businessmen, executive, executives, businesswoman, businesswomen, meeting, meetings, majority rules, fairies, fairy, pixie, pixies, magic, magical, tinkerbell effect, clap if you believe, believe, believing, believable, fantasy, literature, literacy, literary, book, books, writer, writers, writing, character, characters
"My God—do you suppose it can read?!"
Tags:monster, monsters, giant, giants, eat, eats, restaurant, restaurants, frighten, frightens, frightening, horror movie, horror movies, horror film, horror films, worry, worries, worrying, target, targets, targeted, danger, dangers, predator, predators, predatory, obvious target, obvious targets, literate, literacy, sitting duck, sitting ducks
"'Take that,' growled the writer as the buyer for Borders slumped to the ..."
'I started to read the headline but then my mind wandered.'
"That was me as a boy."
Tags:doctor, doctors, physician, physicians, general practitioner, general practitioners, gp, doctors office, doctors offices, doctors appointment, doctors appointments, mary mapes dodge, author, authors, literature, literary, literacy, writer, writers, hans brinker, the silver skates, dutch boy, rectal exam, rectal exams, rectal examination, rectal examinations, dyke, dykes
'The Moving Finger Writes; And, Having Writ, Moves On To A Three Week, Twenty City Book Tour.'
'My reading comprehension is so-so, but I do make up for it with my highlighting skills.'
Pixie Dust $2.00 A Handfull
Tags:pixie, pixies, pixie dust, fairy, fairies, the boy who wouldn't grow up, peter pan, peter and wendy, tinker bell, literature, literary, literacy, read, reading, reader, readers, write, writer, writers, writing, novel, novels, book, books, fairytale, fairytales, character, characters, busking, busker, buskers, myth, myths, legend, legends
3:00 PM MEET THE AUTHOR. . .
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'Studies show that most boys my age don't like to read. Who am I to tamper with statistics?'
"I thought you might like to have a merrier brain for the new millennium!"
Tags:santa, santa claus, mr claus, frankenstein, father christmas, christmas, st. nicholas, st nicholas, mary shelley, saint nicholas, st. nick, st nick, saint nick, holiday, holidays, brain, brains, writer, writers, writing, write, author, authors, literary, literacy, literature, book, books, novel, novels
"What am I supposed to say when my friends ask why you're still a mid-list author?"
Tags:mom, moms, mum, mums, mother, mothers, motherhood, parent, parents, parenting, parenthood, child, children, kid, kids, childhood, hard to please, writer, writers, writing, write, author, authors, literary, literacy, literature, book, books, novel, novels, midlist author, best-seller, best seller, insecurity, insecurities, daughter, daughters
'Can't you read?!'
"Say, how about a book by Koch, O'Connor, and Bob Hope?"
"Of course I understand it. It's just some Grisham potboiler."
Tags:animal, animals, talking animal, talking animals, talking pet, talking pets, pet, pets, pet owner, pet owners, talking dog, talking dogs, dog, dogs, canine, canines, dog owner, dog owners, cat, cats, feline, felines, cat owner, cat owners, literature, book, books, novel, novels, writer, writers, author, authors, literary, critic, critics, criticism, criticising, criticizing, critiquing, potboiler, legal, thriller, thrillers, light reading, literate, literacy, pretentious