Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

Literary Competitions, Then And Now

This is comedy week, but I have a bit of a problem: already, one by one, I have brought out most of my comic favourites (Beachcomber, Flann O’Brien, The Stuffed … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 6 Comments

The guilty pleasure of laughing at jokes by a conservative if you’re not one

My sense of humour has a different political allegiance to the rest of me. I am pinkly leftish with a good splosh of green, politically speaking, and see no likelihood … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 9 Comments

The Richest and Wisest: How ‘Dad’s Army’ held a mirror up to a nation.

I work with an American ex-patriot who has lived in the UK for over 30 years. As an American in a remote corner of England, she’s a bit of a … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · 6 Comments

Me talk Pretty One day by David Sedaris

David Sedaris has had many jobs, but their primary reason seems to be to provide fodder for his ultimate job, that of raconteur. A few years ago, I recommended his … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 4 Comments



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