Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writings on Ice Cream,

Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writings on Ice Cream, Wednesday brought a pungent sheepy smell emanating from the greyish lamb and barley soup my mother optimistically called Taste of the Garden of Eden Expel me, please Haddock in the air That would be Thursday The faintest whiff of roasting garlic That would be what my sister and I uncharitably dubbed Friday Night Memorial Chicken a venerable object smeared on the breasts with a dab of marmite meant to cheer the bird up as it emerged defeated from the oven Rattling inside the brittle cavity was that one solitary clove of garlic the exotic knobble that my mother conceded as a romantic touch amid the iron regimen of her unvarying weekly routine Cookery is not necessarily a subject one immediately associates with Simon Schama one of Britain s most distinguished historians and commentators But this selection of his occasional writings is a treasure trove of surprises Passionate, provocative, entertaining and informative, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble ranges far and wide from cookery and family to Barack Obama, from preaching and Shakespeare to Victorian sages, from Charlotte Rampling and Hurricane Katrina to The Fate of Eloquence in the Age of The OsbournesNever predictable, always stimulating, Scribble, Scribble, Scribble allows us to view the world, in all its diversity, through the eyes of one of its most original inhabitants

10 thoughts on “Scribble, Scribble, Scribble: Writings on Ice Cream, Obama, Churchill & My Mother

  1. David David says:

    Have they changed the rules without telling me Is it now obligatory for intellectuals, having established their reputation in one discipline maybe even two to try to dazzle us further by writing essays or, God forbid, entire books about completely random stuff in which they appear to have no particular expertise I expe

  2. Matt Matt says:

    Man, Schama has ruined me for reading anyone else or in attempts at my own writing Say what you will, but I enjoy his over the topness Perhaps since I am in the sciences and have to read very droll pieces day in and day out, I find his style very refreshing and always spot on Does he come across as full of himself someti

  3. Lindz Lindz says:

    Lets get this straight Scribble, Scribble, Scribble Simon Schama showing off Flouncing with nouns, dazzling with adjectives Look, look, see what I can do When writing a review on a biography of Winston Churchill, he talks about the power of Churchill as an operatic orator, which the author did not really discuss in the bio

  4. James James says:

    I have a huge crush on Simon Schama I can t even count the times I ve watched History of Britain As history documentaries go, it s first rate, and, closet Anglophile that I am, it s just my cuppa, but I watch it over and over again because I can t get enough of his voice and his swishy, dishy, smarty pants with his hair down

  5. A. A. says:

    Why does it always take me so long to work through collected essays I think it s because finishing each essay gives that feeling of done and let s me walk away for a while guilt free.There is absolutely no question about the quality of the writing in this work It s amazing There is a remarkable diversity of subject matter as t

  6. John John says:

    Overall, I thought it a good read for a Schama fan, as his humor translates well to the written page The travel, food, and memoir sections were the most interesting to me, while I had to bail on the art centered essays after a while as I just didn t have the background to follow the inside baseball discussions The final section

  7. Ann Ann says:

    I am reading it now and love love love the language I am savouring his use of metaphor, cross references and imagery, the combination of which, alarmingly for fellow cafe patrons, induce reading and laughing out loud The introduction had me howling when he goes off on a tangent about his own handwriting and so far the stories, bot

  8. Lm Huffman Lm Huffman says:

    I struggled with this one I love Simon Schama so much, but I found this to be so dense and at times impenetrable Just because he wrote it, didn t mean it needed to be included in this collection Less is .

  9. Rob Shurmer Rob Shurmer says:

    anything Schama writes is worth the time

  10. Karen-Leigh Karen-Leigh says:

    Loved the title and the cover Many very good reviews of interesting books Many articles on subjects that bored the bejesus out of me as I struggled to read my way wading through molasses Very erudite and in spots had me questioning my own intelligence and attention span I have this book on my Kindleif it were a paperback I

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