In case you missed it, here's how the last seven days looked to Mark:The week began with Steyn celebrating Mel Tillis' greatest song, "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". ~Mark's Monday column started with Lindsey Graham's Big Idea and evolved smoothly to England's shortless Mohammeds and transatlantic nuances in posterior vernacular. It was our most-read piece of the week.
As the Sixties turned to the Seventies, there was a kind of laid-back revivalist fervor on the hit parade. Two of the Beatles - George and Paul - made contributions with "My Sweet Lord" and "Let It Be" (although the reference to "Mother Mary" comforting him is, says Paul, about his own mum, Mary). Paul Simon is Jewish but was going through a gospel phase when he wrote "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
Programming note: On Tuesday, I'll be hosting another Clubland Q&A live around the planet at 4pm US Eastern Time. Check local listings, as they used to say. Wherever you are, we hope you'll tune in, and I look forward to your company. We may even take a few questions on some of these weekend literary experiments. Meanwhile, welcome to Part Three of my serialization of The Overcoat, and the latest in our series of audio entertainments, Tales for Our Time.
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