Category Archives: Humo(u)r

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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Waugh and the "Inner Toff"

Author and journalist James Delingpole, writing in this week's Spectator in an essay entitled "How I learned to embrace my inner toff," cites Waugh as a precedent in defense of his reaction to certain recent changes in life style. Delingpole acquired … Continue reading

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Tony Last on Fifth Avenue

In a recent post on his weblog, political commentator, enemy of political correctness and general iconoclast Taki Theodoracopulos (sometime contributor to the Spectator) has conjured up the image of Tony Last from Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust among the anti-Trump protestors … Continue reading

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Waugh's Books Ranked in Fashion Magazine Lists

Stylist magazine is a weekly print publication with free distribution within the UK. It has a books column which specializes in listing books in categories thought to be of interest to or likely to amuse its audience of young women. A recent … Continue reading

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