Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Teaser Tuesday: P. G. Wodehouse and Oregon History

I have a Teaser Tuesday Twofer this week, as I make up for several missing weeks. My book blog has been sadly neglected while my law practice got a little crazy the past few weeks. Over 20 former students at Catlin Gabel, a private school here in Portland have come to us to help them with claims against the school for sexual, physical, and mental abuse when they were students, dating back to the 1960s. We've filed lawsuits for six of them so far and are working on the others.

In the meantime, the Boy Scouts of America filed for reorganization bankruptcy last week to shield its assets and get a deadline for sex abuse claims. We represent roughly three dozen former Boy Scouts who were abused when they were kids, so have been sorting out what happens now that their claims will move into the bankruptcy case. And getting calls from other abuse survivors looking for help. I love my work, but it's been a hectic stretch.

So let's spend time with books!

As with many others who are bitten by the theatre bug, Plum had fallen in love with the the experience as a whole: what theatre represented, just as much as what it actually was. Yes, it was fun, glamour, energy and magic, but at its heart was that fragile and capricious connectedness that would make or break a show.

-- Pelham Grenville Wodehouse: Volume 1: "This is Jolly Old Fame" by Paul Kent.

I love P. G. Wodehouse and am trying to read all his books. I keep a list of Wodehouse books here on this blog and am working my way through them, sometimes in order, sometimes when I can find an audiobook at the library. I particularly love Wodehouse in audiobook editions.

This Jolly Old Flame is the first volume of Paul Kent's three-volume biography of Wodehouse, based in part on new access to Wodehouse's papers and library. It is available from TSB an imprint of Can of Worms Enterprises, or from Book Depository.

Honoria Plum at Plumtopia has an enjoyable review here.

The people of Eastern Oregon were never a homogeneous whole. Attitudes towards environmental issues, and much else, varied widely.
-- The Other Oregon: People, Environment, and History East of the Cascades by Thomas R. Cox, new from OSU Press.

From the publisher's description:
With a staggering variety of landscapes, from high desert to alpine peaks, Oregon east of the Cascades encompasses seventeen counties and two time zones. Although this vast region defies generalization, its history is distinct from the rest of Oregon. The interrelationship between its people and the land has always been central, but that relationship has evolved and changed over time. Regional economies that were once largely exploitive and dedicated to commodity exports have slowly moved toward the husbanding of resources and to broader and deeper appreciations.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by The Purple Booker. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from the book they are reading or featuring. Please remember to include the name of the book and the author. You can share your teaser in a comment below, or with a comment or link at the Teaser Tuesday site, where you can find the official rules for this weekly event.

1 comment :

  1. that is so disturbing about the boy scouts. not surprised that pervs targeted the organization. easy access. my son was a webelo and loved it, so i hope, somehow, it survives and can 'fix' itself
    sherry @ fundinmental


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