@elephony For real, I have a ton of respect for Anita and Dick.
A school friend of mine was (still is, I suppose) named Isaac Haverlick. Which is all well and good, but his father was named Dick Haverlick. He didn't go by Richard, or Rick, or Rich, he went by Dick. I never gathered up the courage to ask if he wore his name in defiance of the joke or in ignorance of it, but I've not really stopped wondering.
Every day should be National Oyster Day!
(I mean, probably not, overfishing etc. etc., but dang they're great!)
Several of these books have just made their way to my library holds list (and The Thirty Year's War is really good too!) But I came here to rave about Empire of the Summer Moon. The rise and fall of the Comanche on the great plains! Abduction! Horseback warfare! White dudes vastly underestimating nature! It's so good! (Exclamation points!)
Responses in the form of a vague sense of mustache nostalgia.
@Verity The Cox is another fine apple, not least because it's full name is Cox's Orange Pippen!
@Megan Patterson@facebook They're a bit hard to find (I grew up in apple country), but they're a step better than most of the usual suspects. The texture is crisp as the dickens, and they're kind of on the edge of cooking-only tart, but in a good way. Man, now I really want one!
@Third Wave Housewife You are all wrong. Northern Spies are not only the best-named apple (by a mile!) but also the best tart, crisp apple around.
@heyits Indeed he did! I think The Iowa Baseball Confederacy is the better book, but Shoeless Joe isn't bad either.
@elephony Oh, by W.P. Kinsella