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A no doubt mad idea

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  2 Ratings  ·  1 Review
Paperback, 260 pages
Published April 28th 1979 by Ross/Back Roads Books (first published 1979)
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Hal O'Brien
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The cover image reminds me more than a little of Gualala, Calif.

I remember going into the Huntley Bookstore at the Claremont Colleges, and seeing this face-out on the fiction shelves. The drawing was so appealing I reached right for it — proof I will buy a book for the cover, if done well.

Minkin’s novel is a mix of Northern California in the 1970s and his own term “ludics.” That is, the study of games, not just for their own sake (though that too) but also as an element in culture and civilizati
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“(Regarding a twenty-questions game:)

Did you know that the Russian composer Aram Katchaturian described his ‘Sabre Dance’ as no more than a button on the shirt on the body of his work? No? You’re not alone. Suppose my twenty-questions answer was that metaphorical button — would that be fair?”
“On to the library. And all through his time at the card catalog, combing the shelves, filling out the request cards, he danced a silent, flirtatious minuet of the eyes with a rosy-cheeked redhead in the biology section, pages of notes spread before her. All his life, he had had a yen for women in libraries. In a cerebral setting, the physical becomes irresistible. Also, he figured he was really more likely to meet a better or at least more compatible woman in a library than in a saloon. Ought to have singles libraries, with soups and salads, Bach and Mozart, Montaignes bound in morocco; place to sip, smoke, and seduce in a classical setting, noon to midnight. Chaucer's Salons, call them, franchise chain.” 2 likes
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