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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 9:41 p.m. PST

…. a Time for Classics.

""Why did no one suggest The Decameron?" asks prominent Australian strategic analyst Hugh White in a quick email responding to the excellent collection of books The Interpreter readers offered as distractions for a time in Covid-19 quarantine. "Too obvious?"

Slightly awkwardly, I don't admit to White that I have no idea what he's referring to, but instead shoot him back a message asking for a line to recommend why other people should read it…."
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Robert le Diable24 Mar 2020 3:31 p.m. PST

Ha! The Decameron is the obvious, Bleeped text choice (but you'll have to be careful what English translation you get, unless you can understand Italian). I've always liked Mark Twain's observation that, "a Classic is a book everyone wants to have read – but no-one really wants to read".

Robert le Diable24 Mar 2020 7:44 p.m. PST

Sorry for that two-word expression, which I really thought quite innocuous. It just meant "know-all", a noticeably smart person.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 12:01 p.m. PST



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