A couple of weeks ago I took Doug Wilson’s advice in his inspiring little book on writing, Wordsmithy. Not the advice that inspired Jim Hamilton to write limericks about his family vacation:
There once was a professor named Jim,
Who took his fam on vacation with him.
He brought his sweet wife,
Oh, what a life,
But his limericks not once hit the rim.
Rather I took Wilson’s advice on what to read and just finished a delightful story by P.G. Wodehouse, Leave It to Psmith. It’s the perfect summertime read–just a fun story with lots of moving parts that’s a blast to read. I can’t say it’s changed my life in any way, but it brings a smile to my face. Here’s a sampling (I’m paraphrasing from memory).
“Psmith is an unusual name.”
“Yes, my family name is ‘Smith,’ but I wanted to be different so I put a ‘P’ in front of it.”
“How do you pronounce it, ‘Pee-Smith’?
“No, just ‘Smith.’ The ‘P’ is silent.”
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