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Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

  • Jan 7, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins Scoop, Waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.

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  • Gregg

    small follow-up

    searching around for historical currency calculators:
    1 pound in 1900 would be worth ~92 pounds in[masked] dollar in 1900 would be worth ~$25 in 2012
    (I didn't do the calculation for 1935, I like round numbers)

    here's one link for your interest if you would like to explore more currencies/dates for relative value, purchasing power.

    http://www.measuringworth.com/index.php

    January 9, 2014

  • Jim H.

    Or in cable ESE

    NIGHTFROZEN BOOKUNGREAT TALKDELIGHTFUL LUCKBETTER TIMENNEXT -- MOD

    January 8, 2014

  • Jim H.

    I think it's always a challenge to read a book written in the 1930's with twenty first century eyes. But whether you read Waugh for the satirist or Waugh for the solid craftsman like writing, it's still worth a look. Some places the creaks show and some places still make me laugh out loud. Thanks to everybody who came out on this brutal cold night

    January 7, 2014

  • Wendy S.

    Dear Reading Group,

    It will be too cold for me, so I will stay home. I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to a wonderful discussion. See you next month.

    Wendy Sands

    January 6, 2014

    • Jim H.

      Wendy please change your RSVP setting if you can't come - sorry to miss you - stay warm

      January 6, 2014

    • Wendy S.

      Thanks, Jim. I did change the setting this am.

      January 7, 2014

  • BrigidB.

    Hi, I would love to attend. I am new to meetup and I am on waiting list. Does waiting list have an order or can I volunteer to fill in one of the newly open spaces? Thank you, Brigid B.

    January 6, 2014

    • Jim H.

      Brigid - waiting list is managed by Meetup and is first come first served. Hope to see you next time!

      January 6, 2014

  • marianne

    Dear All,
    A scheduling change means that I cannot attend this meeting. Hope someone else will enjoy my spot. So sorry to be missing you. Had a fascinating time reading Waugh's satirical take on British journalism! Thanks. See you for Nadine Gordimer!

    January 6, 2014

    • Mary V.

      Same here. Hope one of the waiting list folks can take my place on Jan. 7th. Happy New Year, all!

      January 6, 2014

    • Jim H.

      sorry to miss you guys - stay warm!

      January 6, 2014

  • Jim H.

    Happy New Year everybody.

    Just a reminder that we will be meeting in the Library Space on the ground floor of 2 Fifth Avenue on Tuesday. (Ask the doorman if you don't know the way)

    And don't forget we will be collecting our bi-annual dues of $4.00 a person. I will be passing the envelope around at the close of the meeting.

    Thanks again to Myra for letting us all meet in her apartment the last few months.

    See you soon!

    January 3, 2014

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