Author Archives: David J. Peterson

Writer, language creator, curmudgeon.

It Begins Anew!

The Great Reading Competition is set to begin anew! This time it’s running from January 1st to January 1st, meaning […]

Autumn, 2011: Top 2 Top 100 Lists (Final)

Autumn, 2011: Top 2 Top 100 Lists As the loser of the last pentad, David made a special request: to […]

The Code of the Woosters
P. G. Wodehouse

If one is going to start reading Wodehouse, I suppose The Code of the Woosters is as good a place to start as any (even though this isn’t the first story to feature Wooster and Jeeves), provided one has a general knowledge of the characters and the style of comedy.

Specific Dream Rabbit

From P. G. Wodehouse’s The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves, you really are a specific dream rabbit! As spoken by […]

Dear John

I just read in the Berkeley English department newsletter that John Bishop, my former professor, retired late last year on […]

What a Whale Is

I’ve started (finally!) reading Moby Dick. The book begins with a series of quotes having to do with whales (including […]

Winesburg, Ohio
Sherwood Anderson

The surprise (for me) in reading Winesburg, Ohio came in the interiority of the characters Anderson describes. It rather reminded me of something written by Tove Jansson

1919, 2019…

I’m currently reading Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (great so far!), and I came across this passage I thought I’d […]

Let the Games Commence!

It’s on! Fresh off his recent victory, Dave is ready to take on Will (Il Miglior Fabbro) in a brand […]

Le Morte d’Arthur
Thomas Malory

Le Morte d’Arthur is not actually one long epic about the life and death of King Arthur, but rather a collection of stories of the knights of the Round Table fused by Malory into a somewhat coherent tale…