Monday, September 19, 2005

New York Times Funny Pages

The esteemed New York Times Magazine has a new feature called "The Funny Pages." I mention it because it is worth checking out.

You may have to register first with the Times to access this page, but it is free. What's so good about? It comes in three small sections, each representing three genres: "the graphic novel, genre fiction and the humorous first-person essay." Of these three, the fiction prompted me to bring up the pages in this forum.

The serialized genre fiction is by Elmore Leonard, best known for Get Shorty. Installment one, appearing yesterday, and a manageable quick read, deals with a German prisoner of war in a POW camp in the United States during WWII. Whereas many of us are familiar with "Hogan's Heroes," little has been written about enemy prisoners held in the United States. Guantanamo Bay it's not.

If you get a chance, it's a quick read each week, and should last you through December 18.

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