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Wednesday, April 14, 2004
Lucky Jim

Probably the funniest novel I've read is 50 years old. Roger Kimball has written a tribute to Kingsley Amis's comic masterpiece in the New York Sun.

My favorite quotation in the novel comes when Jim, a medieval history professor at some random British university, describes the title of his article, "The Economic Influence of the Developments in Shipbuilding Techniques, 1450 to 1485," as "a perfect title, in that it crystallised the article’s niggling mindlessness, its funeral parade of yawn-enforcing facts, the pseudo-light it threw upon nonproblems."

Point of information: I am writing a thesis in medieval history, and will be presenting it to the public come Monday afternoon. L02 Carson Hall, 1.45 pm.