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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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September 17, 2007


Hi Claire, Yes, the lighting in your parents' room *is* gorgeous. And I have to add, every photo you've ever posted of your parents' home and yard has been gorgeous. That outdoor fire pit? To die for. They have a stunning, stunning homestead.

Question about the books you reviewed. Are they a *challenge* to read? How would you rate the level of difficulty? They sound right up my alley and I'd love to get a few books that I could breeze through fairly easily -- not that this subject matter should ever be easy -- but, I've got so many books going right now, I'd feel guilty if I bought a few more that would end up stacked on the coffee table now, to be read in fits and spurts.

Frank is living the life of Riley, isn't he??


I am airing this on your blog so that people will see it and admonish you appropriately.

BG: the books, not hard to read at all. That's what's great about noir - it's readability. You'll love the wise cracks. And they aren't all that depressing, I think it may have sounded like that. It's not. Give it a whirl. Put down those heavy non-fictions!

Also, next time you're in Columbus, you should come out and bring your fabbo friend.

Jennifer: My mother says that sentence about the cat every other day! Ha!

Natasha: I tried.

I *heart* me some noir. In fact, I'm crusing through some Ellroy right now.
YOU are not allowed to get the blogging blahs. Sorry. That;s my job.

I love the pit. Very very nice.

How long have your parents lived there?

Beautiful pic of the living room...I shouldn't but I worry, a little, about Frank.

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