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June 20, 2010

God Forgive Me I've Read Them All

Five Best Books for Curmudgeons

Posted by Vanderleun at June 20, 2010 1:41 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I did 1-3 but will certainly give Waugh a whirl. The poetry *cocks head and squints* - uh, yeah.

Posted by: TRKOF at June 20, 2010 6:49 PM

About 13 years ago, I bought the Portable Curmudgeon, which was a handy little book of curmudgeonly quotes.


Ambrose Bierce should have been on that list with his Devil's Dictionary...and something, anything by Mark Twain.

Posted by: Jewel at June 20, 2010 10:18 PM

I have more than a passing acquaintance with those worthy curmudgeons.

I'm a young curmudgeon, but I have my sights set low.

No, really, my sights are set low because in a gunfight, one typically fixates on the target and shoots high.

Posted by: Gray at June 21, 2010 9:36 PM

TRKOF, for a Waugh beginner, start with BLACK MISCHIEF. If you insist on nonfiction, "Half in Love with Easeful Death," is fine for sustained work. For short bursts, Waugh's LETTERS are deadly.

Darbyshire misses something from Mencken: the man's sheer zest. Someone boiling over with 200 proof animal spirits as HLM did can't be classified as a pure curmudgeon, I think

Posted by: Gregory Koster at June 22, 2010 2:20 AM

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