* Deborah Moggach’s Something to Hide is published by Vintage.
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome
Chosen by John O’Farrell
Comedy in all its forms seems to date much more quickly than other genres, so it is something of a miracle that an unambitious travelogue published in 1889 should still feel so fresh and funny today. Like the Thames navigation itself, Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is unchallenging, charming and meandering; the narrator disappears up anecdotal backwaters and lingers at riverside inns to spin another irrelevant yarn. You can smell the river on every page.
There is also a great humanity to the narrator: if he is critical of others, he is equally critical of himself. His exasperation with his friend Harris performing a comedy song is hilarious. Harris can never remember the words, and the description of the assembled party guests, so eager to laugh uproariously at the end of each verse but then denied the moment because the singer keeps stopping, is a window into the determination of Victorian England to remain jolly no matter what.
I regularly cycle past the house in Chelsea Bridge Road, loba negra epub where Jerome wrote this classic, and seeing the blue plaque always brings a smile to my face as I picture him staring out of the window of the top-floor flat, the Thames just about visible. And I imagine him writing about pleasure-boating today, and all the posh married couples swearing at each other in their huge fibre-glass cabin cruisers as they struggle to moor up beside the Harvester Inn, Cookham.
It’s not hard to understand the interest. Break “Ripper” Owens down to his base components and the man is daydream fantasy made fact, the mascot for every Joe Schmoe who ever posed with a hairbrush and hollered “Hello, Milwaukee” at the bathroom mirror. But what Rock Star has done is taken Owens and accessorised him, conjured up new crazy adventures and imposed a strict narrative arc on his experiences. Owens hasn’t seen the film but he knows what’s in it. “There are so many things about this movie that trouble me,” he says with a sigh.
Opioids manufacturer Purdue Pharma struck a proposed deal on Wednesday with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the crisis. But immediate, strong criticism by several state attorneys general clouded prospects for an end to litigation against the company and the family that owns it.
The jail received about 50 new inmates over the last two days, complicating Sunday’s release, the sheriff said. Most of those released were being held on low-level, nonviolent felony charges, and none had been charged with murder or rape. The sheriff said authorities tried to contact the victims in every case.
Abe’s successor will inherit a challenging inbox that includes guiding the country through a resurgence of the coronavirus, a deepening recession, and an increasingly tight job market, with nearly two million people losing their jobs in July.
Overdose deaths which hit 340, or nearly one a day, in 2016 took a toll on the county medical examiner’s budget and her staff. At the height of the scourge, they often had to perform two or more drug-related autopsies in an average day.
In the past, most drug offenders used crack cocaine or marijuana, and “the treatment was tailored to those users”, Oldfield said. “If someone had a bad day and relapsed, they didn’t die.” But opioid addiction requires residential treatment, the judge said.
Owens’s vocal style (growling, potent, swoopingly theatrical) was a dead ringer for that of Priest frontman Rob Halford, and the band made reasonable money. But by now Owens was pushing 30, and still living out an extended adolescence. “I wasn’t really sure what the hell I was going to do with my life,” he says. “I got into selling printers and just did music on the side. I didn’t really count on it, you know, but I was starting to worry about mortgages and insurance and stuff like that. I never thought anything like this would happen to me.” He gestures vaguely around the motel lobby.
“You can get a call someone has overdosed and you get there, you can bring them back with Narcan [an overdose antidote]. Then you’ll go to the same address in the afternoon,” Tucker said. “Or you go to that address in the morning and the two parents have overdosed and there’s a child there. It’s just horrible. It really is.”
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