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Archive for the 'Gaming' Category

Fri, March 27th, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 9
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on Nerd Hospital.) Category: Novels, 1900-1950 It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks– “1984, by George Orwell!” I shouted, modestly. –were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not […]


Thu, March 26th, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 8
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on All My Nerds.) Category: Nonfiction Under the shadow of Boston State House, turning its back on the house of John Hancock, the little passage called Hancock Avenue runs, or ran, from Beacon Street, skirting the State House grounds, to Mount Vernon Street, on the summit of Beacon Hill; and there, in the third […]


Wed, March 25th, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 7
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on the Young and the Nerdy.) Given another choice of category, I suggested we try Movies, but my Brave New Partner shamed me by saying, “I feel like ‘movies’ is cheating.” Category: Novels, 1950-Present In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, […]


Tue, March 24th, 2009
A Dark & Stormy Afternoon: Round 6
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on As the Nerd Turns.) Category: Movies No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and […]


Mon, March 23rd, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 5
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on Nerd & Nerder.) Category: Mystery Given a choice of category, Ian suggested we try Mystery, to take advantage of my “mystery expertise.” “That’s torn it!” said Lord Peter Wimsey. “I’m more of a crime fiction guy than sleuthing,” I protested. “You know, books with shotguns in them.” Nonetheless, although the name Wimsey rang a […]


Fri, March 20th, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 4
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on Nerd vs. Nerd.) Category: Novels, 1950-Present I went back to the Devon School not long ago, and found it looking oddly newer than when I was a student there fifteen years before. “Sounds like A Separate Peace,” I said, “except that it wasn’t Devon . . . ” “Do you want a clue?” […]


Thu, March 19th, 2009
A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 3
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on Nerd vs. Nerd.) Category: Poetry Whan that April with his showres soote / The drought of March hath perced to the roote, / And bathed every veine in swich licour, / Of which vertu engendred is the flowr . . . “Chaucer, Canterbury Tales,” spake Ian withe full confidence. His comrade, Keir, noddedst […]


Wed, March 18th, 2009
A Dark & Stormy Afternoon: Round 2
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on Nerd vs. Nerd.) Category: Novels, 1900-1950 Mother died today. The winners’ hopes died, too, as they looked at each other, both of them thinking, That sounds incredibly familiar. The correct answer–which turns out to be one of George W. Bush’s favorite books–went unguessed. Embarrassed silence all around. Category: Children’s Books More than anything else in […]


Tue, March 17th, 2009
A Dark & Stormy Afternoon: Round 1
Posted by: Keir Graff

(Previously on Nerd vs. Nerd.) Category: Children’s Movies Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with Uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, who was the farmer’s wife. This read with groans by The Losers, and received with laughter by The Winners. The card was refiled under the assumption that […]


Mon, March 16th, 2009
It Was a Dark & Stormy Afternoon; or, Nerd vs. Nerd
Posted by: Keir Graff

Every day at Booklist we face a barrage of press releases, queries, and demands. Will you review this first-time author’s second-person account of a third-generation farm family? we are asked. My author is an expert on the mortgage crisis–in fact, his ability to pay his own mortgage is in crisis–and is the ideal interview subject, we are told. Our product, […]





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