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So this is a thing that exists in the world, which means that I totally just embarrassed myself by flailing on a street corner in front of the local bookstore window:

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth
http://www.randomhouse.com/book/89119/the-annotated-phantom-tollbooth-by-norton-juster

Though it did result in a nice exchange with a bookseller:

Bookseller: Can I help you find anything?
me (in ridiculous blurt-fashion): Um, yes. I just saw a book in the window [pointing thumb over shoulder, in case it's not clear where or what "the window" is]. The Annotated Norton Juster--I mean Phantom Tollbooth--"
B: Oh, yes--it's beautiful. [walks over to book] Here you go.
me: Thanks so much! Now I just have to decide who needs this for Christmas.
B: Who doesn't need this for Christmas, I think is the question.
me: Very true.

I like it when people like books.

The Phantom Tollbooth has a special place in my heart; it's not one of the books that I read every other week, like The Secret Garden or The Egypt Game, but it was a book that taught me that you could play sly, expansive games with language. That's not something I'm good at, mind, but it's something I love when others do it, and I suspect that I learned that (and what "the doldrums" were) largely from this book. Which I now want to reread, right now.

This book also exists in the world, so I embarrassed myself again by snorting with uncontrollable laughter while reading the flap copy:
Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, by Gary Wills
http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/book.asp?isbn=9780300152180

This was the bit that did it: "Renaissance plays and poetry in England were saturated with the formal rhetorical twists that Latin education made familiar to audiences and readers. Yet a formally educated man like Ben Jonson was unable to make these ornaments come to life in his two classical Roman plays."

Inexplicable slam on Ben Jonson!

The frequent buyer sale is Sunday, so I have my eye on some purchases now.
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