Holiday Blues? Be Dull!

Are you looking at the holidays with a jaundiced eye? Not looking forward to discussions about that vote? Are there relatives you’d rather gnaw an arm off than speak to for any length of time? Be dull. By which of course I mean buy my book and become an expert in the art of Dullness.Continue reading “Holiday Blues? Be Dull!”

How to Be Dull: Now an Ebook

The tome is now available in that newfangled form, an “Electronic Book” or as they foppishly say, ebook. As I understand it it works much like television for the aim enormous cameras at the original book and turn it into tiny dots which are then shot at your computer device until it fills up withContinue reading “How to Be Dull: Now an Ebook”

Maugham: Dull

“Dying is a dull, dreary affair. my advice is that you have nothing whatever to with it.” ― W. Somerset Maugham I don’t think Maugham could have been dull even in the throes of death. He gave Elliott Templeton such a terrific send off in The Razor’s Edge. He credited his success to this symbolContinue reading “Maugham: Dull”

Behn: Dull

A recipe for being dull: “…that perfect Tranquillity of Life, which is no where to be found, but in retreat, a faithful Friend and a good Library…” Surely one might add a distinctive beverage as well? My editor informs me that ‘gin’ appears my manuscript no less than 75 times. So, not on every pageContinue reading “Behn: Dull”

Loos: Dull

Tallulah [Bankhead] never bored anyone, and I consider that humanitarianism of a very high order indeed. ~ Anita Loos This sharp-witted woman was quite a peach, too. A born raconteur, best known for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she spent many years as a successful scriptwriter from the silent era through Hollywood’s heyday, with a penchant forContinue reading “Loos: Dull”

Thackeray: Dull

“Always to be right, always to trample forward, and never to doubt, are not these the great qualities with which dullness takes the lead in the world?” ― William Makepeace Thackeray Apparently Thackeray’s former home in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is now a restaurant named after the author.