Category Archives: Humo(u)r

Waugh's Psychogeographic Experience

In a posting to his weblog The Hollywood Walker, writer Geoff Nicholson compares the travel experiences in Malta of Evelyn Waugh and Thomas Pynchon. This seems to have been suggested to him by Paul Fussell's 1980 book Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars. … Continue reading

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Travel Guide to Guyana's "Waugh Country" Launched

The Guyana Chronicle has announced the launch of a tourist guide to the Rupununi region of southern Guyana:...the North Rupununi was an extraordinary natural area in southern Guyana that for the last 30 years had been isolated from the public. … Continue reading

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The Loved One is Prescribed Reading for Europeans

Writing in his Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung blog, "Don Alphonso" informs his European readers that they cannot understand what is going on in the United States today unless they have first read Waugh's 1948 novella The Loved One (in German translated as Tod … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall of the Bullingdon Club

This week's Spectator has a feature article and podcast by Harry Mount on the parlous straits of Oxford's Bullingdon Club. He confesses to having been a member himself but seems open minded about its likely demise: It isn’t quite dead — but … Continue reading

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Vile Bodies Again Cited as One of Funniest Books

Esquire (Middle East edition) has published its list of the top 20 funniest books less than a week after the Guardian issued its choices for the top 14. See earlier post. Vile Bodies is on both lists, joining Three Men in … Continue reading

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Black Mischief on Surfer List

Evelyn Waugh's 1932 novel Black Mischief is included on a list of recommended books that every surfer should read. This is on the surfing weblog beachgrit.com and is compiled by Chas Smith:Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh is the most awesome piece … Continue reading

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Waugh Among the Funniest

The Guardian asked writers to name the funniest book they had read. The results are in today's issue where the choices of 14 of those polled are reprinted. Waugh's novel Vile Bodies was selected by another comic novelist David Lodge … Continue reading

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Weekly Standard Remembers Waugh

The latest issue of Weekly Standard carries an article memorializing Waugh in this 50th anniversary year of his death. This is by Algis Valiunas who is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The essay begins with the familiar characterization … Continue reading

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Tatler's List of Snobs

The Tatler magazine has published a list of the great snobs of history. This is written by Sophia Money-Coutts and author-critic D J Taylor.  Taylor has recently written a book on this subject (The New Book of Snobs) and the … Continue reading

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A. A. Gill (1954-2016), R.I.P.

The journalist and humorist A A Gill has died at the age of 62, the same relatively young age at which Evelyn Waugh died. He spent most of his career writing for the Sunday Times but also wrote a memoir … Continue reading

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