Prunes and Prism

RULES FOR YOUNG LADIES: Some arch advice on snagging a husband. Exercising the mouth into a pretty shape through repetition of certain words seems to have been an indoor sport for young nineteenth-century girls; in Little Dorrit, Charles Dickens' overly bred girl repeats, "papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism." (

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


If you have questions, as I did, about What Happened Next to the Great Zucchini, you might be interested in this chat session with Gene Weingarten, the writer who followed him. There are some interesting insights here about the reporter-source relationship.


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