Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother

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The New York Times has hailed renowned historian and social commentator Simon Schama as a writer who "entwine[s] past and present into a meaningful, continuous whole." His deeply thoughtful and vastly knowledgeable books such as The Power of Art, The American Future, and the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Rough Crossings have won acclaim for their intellectually rich and entertaining studies of the individuals and influences that have shaped the human condition, from the French Revolution to the ...

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Overview

The New York Times has hailed renowned historian and social commentator Simon Schama as a writer who "entwine[s] past and present into a meaningful, continuous whole." His deeply thoughtful and vastly knowledgeable books such as The Power of Art, The American Future, and the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Rough Crossings have won acclaim for their intellectually rich and entertaining studies of the individuals and influences that have shaped the human condition, from the French Revolution to the political past and future of America, from the power of art to the role of nature in Western civilization.

Now, in this passionate and provocative collection, this brilliant observer brings his keen critical sensibility to a wide range of topics, both broad and intimate. Captivating and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble offers a lighter, playful Simon Schama on a diverse range of subjects, from food and family to Winston Churchill, from Martin Scorsese and Richard Avedon to Rubens and Rembrandt, from his travels in Brazil and Amsterdam to New Orleans and Katrina. This selection of essays—originally published in magazines and newspapers including the New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Review of Books, and the Guardian—is a treasure trove of surprises that highlight Schama's sense of humor, curiosity, and idiosyncrasies. Never predictable, always stimulating, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble allows us to view the world, in all its diversity, through the eyes of one of its most intelligent, witty, and original inhabitants.

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Editorial Reviews

Phillip Lopate
More than half the book consists of pieces about historiography and art history, and when Schama's professional mind is most fully engaged, he is at his best…All in all, we should be grateful Schama has chosen to be so inclusive. Readers whose tastes differ from this reviewer's may find the food and travel essays delicious, while others will gobble up the political commentary and skim the writings on history and art. The point is, this robust, generous smorgasbord has pretty much something for every palate.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
In these lively essays and reportage, Columbia historian Schama (The American Future: A History) turns his omnivorous erudition and warm prose to a vast array of topics. There are incisive historical essays on everything from Europeans' evolving image of the "Unloved American" to Churchill's oratory and, in a deliciously cruel book review, the "pigmification of historical scale" in micromonographs. There are meditations on the art of Rembrandt and Richard Avedon; reportage from British and American election campaigns; disdainful commentary on the Bush administration, and a stew to ice cream smorgasbord of foodie articles, recipes included. Schama is essentially the reporter-pundit with a chair in history, illuminating the most contemporary of topics in the buttery glow of historical context. One occasionally wonders whether that licenses him to write about absolutely everything: some pieces misfire—profiles of Martin Scorsese and Charlotte Rampling feel like generic celebrity puffery—and he lacks the distinctive style and outlook that would make you want to follow him all over the map. Still, he approaches every subject with gusto and amusement and, like your favorite professor, always has smart things to say. 8 pages of b&w photos. (Apr.)
Library Journal
One expects ups and downs in a collection of occasional pieces such as this, with topics as diverse as current politics, a cruise on the Queen Elizabeth 2, art, cooking, and even one on why an English historian belatedly fell in love with the Boston Red Sox. But Schama (University Professor of Art History & History, Columbia Univ.; The American Future: A History) is such a brilliant writer knowledgeable in so many fields that the downs in this collection are still worth reading and the ups are really up. There is a killer appreciation of philosopher Isaiah Berlin and ferocious essays, that now seem dated, alas, on the manifold failings of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. The best offerings are appreciations of the Dutch masters, one on those now somewhat ignored 19th-century prophets John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle, and a perceptive and amusing essay about the quirky modernist James Ensor, whose work is "one long carnival guffaw at the higher seriousness of modernism." VERDICT Though not all of these pieces are of equal merit, collections of essays don't come any better than this. All readers who like lively writing and good thinking, especially relating to art criticism and history, will enjoy this book. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/10.]—David Keymer, Modesto, CA
The Independenton Sunday
"His eloquence is on magnificent display in this new book: a delightful collection of journalistic essays."
New York Times
“[T]his robust, generous smorgasbord has pretty much something for every palate.”
Financial Times
“Willfully miscellaneaous... addictively readable... [Schama] is clever, versatile, and extremely likable.”
The Independent on Sunday
“His eloquence is on magnificent display in this new book: a delightful collection of journalistic essays.”
The Observer
“An enticing collection of pieces old and new, a bedside book of rich insights.”
Evening Standard (London)
“It really is very good... Witty, learned, informative, and clarifying.”
The Spectator
This sparkling, effervescent collection bridges the gap between scholarly and popular writing... It is excellent holiday reading.”
The Telegraph
“The most stimulating and surprising writing here is on cooking and eating... A diverting personal history.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594528692
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 405
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include Scribble, Scribble, Scribble; The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the Emmy-winning Power of Art, on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.

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Scribble, Scribble, Scribble

Writing on Politics, Ice Cream, Churchill, and My Mother
By Simon Schama

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Copyright © 2011 Simon Schama
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-06-200986-9


Chapter One

Sail Away: Six Days to New York on the Queen Mary 2

New Yorker, 31 May 2004

Overlooked – literally – by the seventeen-deck Queen Mary 2, as she
slid into her berth at Pier 92 on 22 April 2004, was the dead white
bird. Laid out on its funeral barge beside the USS Intrepid, as flight-
less and obsolete as the dodo, Concorde wasn't going anywhere. The
sleek dream of supersonic speed, the princess of whoosh, which got
you there before you'd started, was now, officially, a museum piece.
The future – as the mayoral bloviations greeting the ship's midtown
docking affirmed – belonged to 150,000 tons of steel capable of grind-
ing through the ocean at all of thirty knots (that's around thirty-five
m.p.h. to you landlubbers). The latest and most massive of the
transatlantic liners takes twenty times as long to carry you from New
York to England as a Boeing or an Airbus. And that's the good news
– the reason, in fact, for Commodore Ronald Warwick, the master of
the Queen Mary 2, to brag, at the quayside ceremonies, that Cunard
was poised to compete with the airlines for a serious share of the
transatlantic business.

Like those of us who had sailed with him through Force 10 gales and
thirty-foot swells, the Commodore may have been pardonably giddy
at coming through the worst that the feisty ocean could throw his way
on a maiden North Atlantic voyage and still getting to the Statue of
Liberty on schedule. But could this be the start of something really
big and really slow? We take for granted the appeal of velocity, that
there is money to be made and pleasure to be had from the gratification
of the instantaneous: the three-gulp Happy Meal, the lightning
download, the vital mobile phone message that I am here and are you
there? And where has this culture of haste got us? Baghdad, apparently,
where the delusions of the get-it-over-with war are being compounded
by the unseemly rush to exit, leaving the whole gory mess for some
other loser to sort out.

It has been thus, as Stephen Kern, in The Culture of Time and
Space 1880–1918, points out, ever since the orgiasts of speed at the turn
of the twentieth century made acceleration the necessary modern
ecstasy. In 1909, the Italian writer and artist Filippo Marinetti
declared, in his Futurist Manifesto, that 'the world's magnificence has
been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed'. On an after-
noon two years later, a sixteen-frames-a-second movie of the
investiture of the Prince of Wales was developed in a darkroom on
a British express train and taken to London, where it was shown the
same night. Translated into military strategy by the overarmed Great
Powers, as the historian A. J. P. Taylor liked to note, the imperatives
of railway timetables drove the logistics of pre-emptive mobilisation.
A pause to ponder was already a defeat. So modernity bolted out of
the starting gate in 1914: Archduke shot, millions of men in grey and
khaki precipitately herded into railway carriages, carnage begun right
on cue – before the Flemish mire slowed everything down and
millions plodded to their doom.

For much of its history, Cunard has been part of this feverish hurry-
up. In 1907 its flagship, the Mauretania, captured the Blue Riband for
fastest transatlantic crossing, and kept it for twenty-two years, spurring
jealous – and fatal – competition. A novel by Morgan Robertson, The
Wreck of the Titan; or, Futility, appearing in 1898, had featured a liner
named Titan that cuts another ship in two simply 'for the sake of speed'.
And the captain of the Titanic was blamed for sailing full steam, even
in an area notorious for ice floes, in deference to the White Star Line's
determination to wrest the Blue Riband from Cunard.

Abraham Cunard, a Philadelphia shipwright, had settled in Nova
Scotia, in the loyalist diaspora, after the American Revolution. The
loyalists, severed from not only their homes but the mother country,
had good reason to want their mail delivery to take less than six
weeks, the time often needed for sailing ships to cross from Britain
to Canada or the West Indies. Abraham and his son Samuel prospered
with a small mail fleet, and in the 1830s Samuel, watching George
Stephenson's locomotive the Rocket hurtle along the tracks at thirty
m.p.h., became convinced that on the oceans, too, steam propulsion
was about to replace sail.

Paddle-driven steamers had been in common use in both American
and British coastal waters and rivers since the early nineteenth century,
and steam-assisted masted ships had crossed the Atlantic since 1819. But
it was only in 1838 that the first full steam crossing was made, by the
St George Steam Packet Company's ship Sirius. Immediately the jour-
ney was cut to two weeks (twelve days to Halifax, fourteen to Boston).
The Siriuswas followed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel's GreatWestern,
which added style to speed. It boasted 128 staterooms, bell ropes to
summon stewards, a ladies' stewardess and a seventy-five-foot saloon,
decorated with panels celebrating 'the arts and sciences'.
Disdaining both opulence and reckless speed, Samuel Cunard
offered something else when, in 1839, he made a tender to the Admi-
ralty for the conveyance of Her Majesty's Mail: dependability,
guaranteed by the novel presence of an on-board engineer. In July
1840 the Britannia, the first of Cunard's packets, docked at Boston after
a two-week crossing. A wooden-hulled ship with two masts and a
central funnel, it was a footling 1,150 tons and about 200 feet long
(compared with the QM 2's 150,000 tons and quarter-mile length).
In the port where the American Revolution began, Britannia was
greeted with gun salutes, a performance of 'God Save the Queen' and
the declaration of Cunard Festival Day.

The word 'historic' was much repeated over the public-address system
last 16 April, as the Queen Mary 2 moved out into the Solent from its
Southampton berth under a classically grey English spring sky. The
maiden North Atlantic crossing was hugely subscribed, and, despite
the famous superstitiousness of sailors, no one aboard seemed to have
been deterred by, or even to have spoken of, the tragedy that cast a
shadow over the ship's prospects even before she had been formally
launched. On 15 November 2003, while theQM2was still in the ship-
yard at Saint-Nazaire, in Brittany, where it was being built, a gangway,
bearing fifty people, collapsed, throwing some of them fifty feet to
the concrete bed of the dry dock. Fiftee nwere killed and twenty-eight
injured. Many of the dead and injured were shipyard workers and
family members and friends, who were visiting the liner before its sail
to Southampton.

In defiance of ill omens, the transatlantic send-off was exuberant;
for those braving the raw breezes there was sparkling wine on the
upper-deck terrace. But anxieties about the target of opportunity
presented by a mass of slowly moving Anglo-American steel precluded
all but a vigilantly screened handful from the dockside 'sailaway'. A
spirited band did what it could with 'Rule Britannia' and 'Life on the
Ocean Wave', but neither was able to compete with a phantom soprano
hooting from the loudspeakers. Then the ship's whistle drowned out
everything else, and streamers were tossed from the decks, landing
beside flocks of indifferently bobbing seagulls.Waving hankies were
to be seen only in blown-up photographs of Cunard's past glory days
mounted on walls in the ship's interior.

And where were the cows? Samuel Cunard had made sure that each
of his packets was equipped with at least one ship's cow, to provide a
steady supply of fresh milk, which, to anyone faced with trays of small
plastic miniatures of 'dairy-taste' creamer, seems like an idea whose
time should come again. There would be risks, of course. During the
fourth crossing of Brunel's immense Great Eastern, in 1861, the seas
were so high that, according to one report, they not only tore off the
paddles, but knocked over the deck-mounted cowshed, sending one of
the animals through the skylight of the saloon, where it landed on an
understandably surprised barfly. This might have happened early in
the morning, for in the halcyon days of the packets saloons opened
for business at 6 a.m. and closed at eleven at night. A decent breakfast
on the Britannia in the 1840swas steak and Hock, which Cunard might
think of adding to room service, as a more cheering way to start a day
on the tossing waves than weak tea, overstewed coffee and dried-out
croissants. And anyone who has waited all his life for the moment
when, from a blanket-wrapped steamer chair, he could interrupt his
reading of Anita Loos or Evelyn Waugh to summon a steward for a
cup of piping-hot bouillon will have to wait a bit longer, for on the
QM 2, I regret to report, bouillon was there none.

What there is on the QM 2 is grandeur: lashings of it, Bel-Air
baroque, heavy on the upholstery. The dominant style is officially
described as 'Art Deco', but it is more le grand style Ginger et Fred:
sweeping staircases (especially in the triple-decker main restaurant);
long, curved bars (very handsome in the Chart Room); leopard-
patterned carpets; and, in one theatre, bronze bas-reliefs that feature
disporting deities, as in the pre-multiplex yesteryear, though the
athletic statuary posted at the doors summons up Albert Speer and
'Honour the Komsomol', rather than Garbo and Groucho. Over the
shipboard 'art' a tactful veil should be drawn, but there is great art on
the Queen Mary 2: namely, the exterior of the ship itself – a thrilling
scarlet-and-black tower of a funnel and four heroically scaled brushed-
steel propeller screws mounted on deck seven, as mightily torqued as
anything from the hand of Richard Serra.

Even though the ship is a small floating town – 2,600 passengers
and 1,300 crew – it seldom feels crowded. It helps if you have a cool
$27,000 to spare, for then you get a share of the Balmoral Suite: 2,249
square feet of what the brochure describes as 'sheer extravagance',
including a dining area for eight; two interactive plasma-screen TVs;
your own exercise equipment; and (the least they could do, really) 'a
fully stocked bar'. For $18,000 less, you rate a not so fully stocked bar
and about 250 square feet of elegant, if rather narrow, cabin and
balcony. This would still be nearly 200 square feet bigger than Charles
Dickens's stateroom aboard the Britannia in 1842. For his thirty-five
guineas Dickens got a claustrophobic twelve by six: two stacked
curtained bunks (no room to stow his trunk); two washstands, with
jugs of water brought by stewards; a niggardly porthole, rather apt to
leak; and a single oil lamp. But even this austerity was princely
compared with steerage on such ships, where passengers slept commu-
nally in rows of swinging bunks 'tween decks' and cooked in their own
utensils without much help in the way of lighting or ventilation.
For the cabin-class passengers, the centre of the Britannia, both
socially and physically, was the grand, coal-heated saloon, which
Dickens described, in American Notes, as
a long narrow apartment, not unlike a gigantic hearse with windows
in the sides; having at the upper end a melancholy stove, atwhich three
or four chilly stewardswerewarming their hands;while on either side,
extending down its whole dreary length, was a long, long table, over
each of which a rack, fixed to the low roof and stuck full of drinking-
glasses and cruet-stands, hinted dismally at rolling seas and heavy
weather.

Dinner, taken on oilcloth-covered tables –which, predictably, aggra-
vated the roll of crockery in heavy weather – was at one: roasted
potatoes, baked apples and much pork, in the form of pig's head or
cold ham (for some reason, pig was thought to lie easiest on ocean-
going stomachs). At five, a cheerless supper was served, usually of
boiled potatoes and mouldering fruit, washed down with brandy-and-
water o rwine, but then there was always the saloon to repair to. Those
among the crew who could play a tune or two sometimes did, and there
were a few books in the saloon. Only in the second half of the nine-
teenth century,when wooden hulls were replaced by steel and paddles
by screw propellers, did a comprehensively stocked and magnificently
panelled and furnished library become a crucial fixture. The heavily
used library on the QM 2 runs the gamut from Danielle Steel to Tom
Clancy; there is a wall of less intensively visited Everyman classics,
and I found, improbably lurking amid the bodice-rippers and spy
thrillers, Albert Camus's The Plague.

Though the best thing about a week's Atlantic crossing is an eyeful
and a day full of nothing other than the rhythm of the sea and the
silvery curving rim of the world, and although Old Cunarder hands
insisted that was the way that crossings, rather than mere vulgar
cruises, should be, Cunard is now owned by the mother of all cruise
companies, Carnival Corporation. And the job description of its toil-
ing entertainment directors begins with the abhorrence of a vacuum.
So the gym rumbles with massed treadmilling; the Canyon Ranch spa
is packed with heavy massaging; the herbal sauna is crammed with
oversized marine mammals (bipedal). In front of the two huge
theatres, passengers line up by the statuary to hear a glamorous string
trio of Ukrainian musicians dressed in miles of retro-ballgown satin
taffeta give their all to 'Jealousy'; or watch spirited young British actors
throw themselves into greatest hits from Romeo and Juliet and A
Midsummer Night's Dream; or listen to lecturers like me pontificat-
ing about Atlantic history.

In the Queen's Room, a frighteningly accurate bust of the actual
Queen Mary, the present Queen's grandmother – a human galleonwho
seemed to sail fully rigged through state ceremonies as lesser craft
chugged contemptibly about her – surveys Gavin Skinner and Lydia
Lim, the dance teachers, as they steer giggly novices through the samba,
cha-cha or foxtrot, the 'walk-walk, side-together-side' contending with
the unhelpful motion of the waves.On the parquet, middle-aged 'gentle-
men hosts' hired to squire single ladies through the dances glide their
partners around with courtly grace. After being screened for ballroom-
dancing prowess and other credentials of respectability, the gentlemen
hosts sign on for at least two voyages, and pay a token sum for the priv-
ilege. But if Gordon Russell Cave, an impeccably turned-out widower,
is any guide, the hosts see their work more as vocation than as vacation:
the purveying of shipboard happiness. The moments Gordon recalled
with most pleasure were those befitting a preux chevalier. One widow
told him, after he had walked her back to her seat, that it was the first
time she had danced since her husband's death, four years before.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xvii

Acknowledgements xix

Introduction xxi

1 Travelling

Sail Away 3

The Unloved American 14

Amsterdam 26

Washington DC 34

Brazil 42

Comedy Meets Catastrophe 46

2 Testing Democracy

9/11 55

The Dead and the Guilty 59

The Civil War in the USA 67

Katrina and George Bush 73

The British Election, 2005 77

Virtual Annihilation 86

3 Talking and Listening

TBM and John 99

Isaiah Berlin 114

J. H. Plumb 132

Rescuing Churchill 138

Churchill as Orator 150

The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of The Osbournes 155

4 Performing

Richard II 167

Henry IV Part II 171

Martin Scorsese 173

Charlotte Rampling 178

Clio at the Multiplex 184

True Confessions of a History Boy 195

5 Picturing

The Matter of the Unripe Nectarine 201

Dutch Courage 218

Rubens 226

Turner and the Drama of History 232

James Ensor at MoMA 242

Rembrandt's Ghost 246

Anselm Kiefer (1) 256

In Mesopotamia: Anselm Kiefer (2) 262

John Virtue 271

Avedon: Power 283

6 Cooking and Eating

Cool as Ice 289

Sauce of Controversy 298

Cheese Soufflé 303

Simmer of Love 309

My Mother's Kitchen 317

Mouthing Off 321

7 Remembering

Omaha Beach 335

Gothic Language: Carlyle, Ruskin and the Morality of Exuberance 339

A History of Britain: A Response 357

The Monte Lupo Story 369

No Walnuts, No Enlightenment 374

Abolishing the Slave Trade in Britain and America 383

8 A League of Its Own

Red October 399

Sources 403

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    A Wizard's Plea by Wizardstaff

    A Wizard's Plea<br>by<br>Wizardstaff<br><br><br>I clutched my staff to my chest, running as fast as my legs could carry me away from the Ghosts.<br>Master Faroon had told me not to open the Dungeon of Phantoms, but I hadn't listened. And now I was running through the Green Forest, being chased by Ghosts and Phantoms.<br>I glanced over my shoulder, then tripped over a root, rolling across the ground to a halt by a big oak. An oak. It reached almost fifty feet in the sky, the lowest branches barely thirteen feet off the ground.<br>Climbing to my feet, I held my staff in front of me, my fingers barely curved around the middle.<br>My Master had told me the thought-pattern for the gravity spell, and I shut my eyes, thinking the correct patterns of shapes and runes. I felt my staff burn in my hand, and I opened my eyes.<br>The staff was vibrating, and I could see sparks of magic electricity zipping into me. I suddenly felt lighter, and I rose into the air, the toes of my shoes brushing against crumpled leaves.<br>The buzzing stopped, and I leapt up, seeming to defy the laws of physics and soar up around twenty feet.<br>Grabbing the nearest branch, I strapped my staff to my back, quickly ascending to the top of the oak.<br>I could've jumped, but I didnt want to misjudge and drift to the ground.<br>I caught my breath, steadying myself and listening. I could hear the whispers of the spirits, looking for me. Searching for me.<br>If they caught me, there wasn't much I could do; Master hadn't taught me any offensive spells against spirits. But I could keep on the move, try to make it back to the manor.<br>I knew the spell for temporary flight, and said the correct keywords. Focusing mentally, I hovered in the air, then flew forward around twenty five miles per hour, the manor just peeking above the horizon.<br>I would never reach it.<br>An object hit my leg, messing my flight and sending me crashing into a tree. I fell from branch to branch, mentally repeating the Shield spell.<br>I finally hit the ground, my staff slipping from my hand and rolling down a slight incline, just to clunk against the toe of a boot.<br>Vampires.<br>They shouldn't be out during the day; they were nocturnal...<br>Unless the Arch-Wizard Chamler had been plotting against Master again...<br>I weakly tried to rise, but the foot kicked me back down.<br>Phalen.<br>I recognized the leader of the Vampires from the library, and mentally went over his weaknesses and powers.<br>He picked my staff up, chuckling. "Well well. Looks like we caught you at last. Nothing is going to let you escape this time."<br>I knew Vampires hated wizards, but I had no idea why they were now targeting me.<br>My Amulet...<br>Mentally reciting the spell of staff-fire, my staff burst into flames, setting Phalen's hands on fire.<br>He shrieked in a high-pitched unhumanly way, dropping the staff.<br>I snatched the staff, turning it to moon-weight titanium and smashing it into his legs. He fell to the ground, blindly formong and hurling a fireball in my direction.<br>It's funny, Vampires despise fire but have the ability to conjure fireballs. But I didn't have time to think about that, as more Vampires rushed in. I jumped and kicked one, smashing my titanium staff into the next.<br>Muttering the spell for a kinetic field, I smashed the end of my staff into the ground.<br>A wave of kinetic energy flew from around me, sending the Vampires sprawling.<br>Reciting the flight spell, I flew away as fast as I could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Quinn

    Ha wondering the same thing...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Didnt read it, just wanted to be the the first to weite a review. But how did this book get stars if no one but me wrote a review... yet? QBG

    Didnt read it, just wondering how it got stars if no one but.me wrote a review so far? QBG :)

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    Posted April 18, 2011

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