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October 15, 2010

a Dining@Large reading group?

lobsterWell, I've been thinking about it.

Over the weekend, post your thoughts about starting up a Dining@Large reading group.

This Stewart O'Nan book, Last Night at the Lobster, is a recent favorite of mine. And at 160 pages, it's a good length for a busy-season read.

I'm away until Sunday evening. Everyone have a safe weekend. If you're running a race tomorrow, good luck.

On this blog try be nice. Except if it's about the slots, in which case have yourselves a Donnybrook.


Posted by Richard Gorelick at 6:12 PM | | Comments (23)


I always "try be nice." Could be motto.

As a native of New Britain, Conn., the city featured in the book, I can tell you that O'Nan's description is spot-on. I really enjoyed it too. He's one of our best writers.

sounds good richard..going to definitely read last night at lobster..I'd like to recommend Diane Mott Davidson who writes mystery novels with food theme such as Fatally Flaky. Sweet Revenge.Cereal Murders to read and wont tax yr brain

sounds good richard..going to definitely read last night at lobster..I'd like to recommend Diane Mott Davidson who writes mystery novels with food theme such as Fatally Flaky. Sweet Revenge.Cereal Murders to read and wont tax yr brain

hmmm, a reading club sounds like too much of a commitment. Perhaps there could be a pamphlet or brochure club.

Thanks for the recommendation Richard. Just ate up Frank Bruni's Born Round and Bourdain's Medium Raw. Another food favorite is Patricia Volk's Stuffed.

Robert of Cross Keys, Thanks for your funny comment. It gave me a laugh on Saturday morning.

I was told that there would be no homework. Could you read it to us via podcasts?

Maybe Mr McIntyre could read it to us :-)


Sounds great. As long as he can do more than one funny accent.

Color me there. I can get a used hard cover copy on Amazon for $0.01. I was going to get the Kindle version for $11.99 but I'm using it as a shim to level my abattoir.

I will bury you, Gorelick!

Oprah invented the book club. Oprah invented reading the same book. Before Oprah people only used books to hollow out the insides to hide magical lockets and treasure maps. Oprah will have Dr. Phil tickle you with his mustache and have Kenny G play his doodad horn until you beg Oprah for mercy. No chile, this SHALL NOT COME TO PASS!


I thought you retired?

Okay, I just plunked down $0.01 plus shipping, so I hope we do this. I plan to pass it along to other readers after I finish it; I hope other do the same.

I've always been a fan of Red Lobster fiction since I read "The Hardy Boys Crack the Case of the Purloined Lobster".

Good idea, Ricardo. Toss all your notions against against the wall and see what sticks.

Dave -- hard to believe that two of us who responded to this topic are both natives of New Britain, Conn. Okay, maybe "native" is overdoing it since I was born there, moved to New York at the age of two and have never been back since. But I still hold a grudge against the inebriated New Britain clerk who stuck me for life with a birth certificate in which my name is misspelt.

MAG--just how do you misspell Michael A. Gray? Grey?

Ramond Luxury Yacht


It's spelt Raymond: Luxury Yach-t, but it's pronounced 'Throatwobbler Mangrove'.

Dahlink -- In a tribute to drunken dyslexia, my birth certificate reads Mihcale Gray. An interesting name. But not mine.

Too bad you didn't run with it, Mags. You could have been the male Oprah. (See, everything comes back to Her Majesty.)

MAG, my son had a friend named "Micah" but when he started school they had him down as "Micha."

Around here people constantly mangle our last name--it's a local thing, because this has never happened elsewhere.

Nothing to say, really, but I couldn't resist the captcha...bletch argument. In reference to political ads, no doubt.

Just got a notice from Owl Books (really) that my copy (via Amazon) is on its way. Let's do it!

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You are reading the archives. For updated blog posts about the Maryland food scene, see Richard Gorelick's new Baltimore Diner blog.
Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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