According to this quiz, I am a “literate good citizen.” This apparently means: “You read to inform or entertain yourself, but you’re not nerdy about it. You’ve read most major classics (in school) and you have a favorite genre or two.” For emphasis, “not nerdy about it.” Take the quiz and post your results in the comments.
Based upon this article in The Guardian, it appears that London riders of public transportation may be a better read lot than those that join me on Atlanta transit. This morning, true story, there was a kid with a school book under his arm that was called The Least You Should Know About English. That’s really setting the bar pretty high. It sounds like a book that you would give a kid in Taiwan who was coming to the country for a week and needed just enough to not be completely lost, not a writing guide for native speakers. To hell in a handbasket…
The McSweeny’s gang is throwing a fund raiser for the 826 youth writing centers in NYC and L.A. There are seven 826 writing/tutoring labs in cities nationwide. Sadly, Atlanta is not one of the seven. (Something tells me that the 826 Writing Labs don’t use The Least You Should Know About English in their curriculum.)
The benefit is March 15 at the Symphony Space in Manhattan. The evening is described as “A benefit event featuring comedy, music and extreme power point presentations.” Someone please check this out and report back to us. It is a wonderful organization that could use your support.
Finally, according to this poll, stepping in dog poop and getting kicked in the nads both rate higher than our President.