Peter Pan grew up and became a corporate raider with two kids. If this were a true extension of Peter Pan, he probably has two mistresses on the side and he might be a serial killer. But instead he’s just a poor imitation of a business geek.
A book investigating the culture and individuals that produced some of our best children’s literature: J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Kenneth Grahame, and A.A. Milne. That’s Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Wind in the Willows, and Winnie the Pooh. I have not yet read this book, but if you’re looking for assistance in your paper, book report, or thesis, the description indicates it might be useful. I have had one report, however, that it is “very inaccurate and just a confused rehash of old myth”, so caveat emptor. (Jackie Wullschlager)
This is a fascinating collection of documents and historical bits about J. M. Barrie, his failed marriage, and his guardianship of the five Llewelyn Davies boys (who formed the inspiration for the Lost Boys). It includes quotes from letters from the boys to Barrie as they grew up, went to public school, and later to war. It’s an inspiring book. (Andrew Birkin)
Litmus Tests: Sometimes called “Single-issue litmus tests.” Bad, very bad. Especially the other side’s. While pro-choice senators were warning President Bush not to apply a “pro-life litmus test” to his nominee, pro-choice groups were sending out mass mailings promising to oppose anyone who would vote to reverse Roe v. Wade.—Michael Kinsley (Judicial Buzzwords)