As good as a new pair of knickers

Deborah Friedell

From Playing the Game by Belle de Jour:

jeudi, le 03 novembre

Sigh. My boys love me, they do. And do they ever know what sets my tiny heart a-racing. The last two of my birthday gifts have finally come through: from A2, a gift voucher from Figleaves; from A4, a subscription to the London Review of Books.


  • 7 October 2010 at 9:54am
    Joe Morison says:
    I wonder if any of her fans experimented with the LRB after reading that, and if they did what they made of it.

  • 7 October 2010 at 1:03pm
    Imperialist says:
    "I think we could start by approaching Billy Budd as Melville's justification of the ways of God to man, n'est-ce pas?"

  • 7 October 2010 at 1:35pm
    Martin says:
    A careful selection of pages with Peter Campbell's illustrations could be turned into tasteful pairs of paper knickers. Perhaps that was the idea.

  • 7 October 2010 at 2:14pm
    Joe Morison says:
    Personally, i find the LRB comfortable and it does give me the support i need.

  • 8 October 2010 at 3:25am
    outofdate says:
    The LRB should take some pointers from the style: lean, trim, nubile even, yet playful.

  • 8 October 2010 at 4:16am
    outofdate says:
    Also, if it makes you feel better: as good as a good pair of knickers, the mark, surely, of a well-furnished closet, especially given her profession. A lot of writers fetishize their fountain pens, don't they, and these notebooks with the silly name you can get, supposedly used by Hemingway. Everyone likes a nice tool.

  • 8 October 2010 at 8:25am
    A.J.P. Crown says:
    Why didn't she already have a subscription? And how did he know that?

    • 8 October 2010 at 10:55am
      outofdate says: @ A.J.P. Crown
      Maybe she dropped a hint.

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