"I have never read a book in my entire life or watched TV in 11 years"This is the story of a woman who never read a book. Nancy sat reading a book. Still, it came as a shock, flying with the lucky classes at 30, feet across twenty-first century America, to hear this strange admission. When Nancy repeated the story to me, I thought the story was funny, but also obscurely dislocating, ominous. I wondered: Is this an individual quirk? Or is it possible that, without our noticing, the previously literate American middle class, which used to be required to slog at least through a little Dickens or Thoreau or even Vonnegut or Morrison in order to get through high school, has deserted books altogether?
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Above: Daphne Du Maurier. In Malcolm Cowley , literary editor of the New Republic magazine, had an idea. Having distributed copies of new books to his reviewers, he wondered if they might do him a favour. Most of them are favourably reviewed, but many never reach the people who would like and profit by them, the people for whom they are written. We should run a list of books like this, as a means of making amends to their authors and perhaps also to the public that has so far missed the chance of reading them.
The admission may surprise fans who bought her page autobiography Learning to Fly. According to its cover blurb, Ms Beckham was inspired by the movie Fame. The year-old wife of the England football captain, David Beckham, told the interviewer she was keen to have a daughter. She has three sons - Brooklyn, six, Romeo, two, and six-month-old Cruz - and would like a girl. She could imagine "painting her nails, putting on make-up and choosing clothes" with her.
The revelation emerged in an interview with the Spanish magazine Chic. Although the issue in question has yet to the hit the shelves, details were leaked to the Spanish press over the weekend. She also admits that having given birth to three boys - Brooklyn, six, Romeo, two, and six-month-old Cruz - she would like a daughter and could imagine "painting her nails, putting on make-up and choosing clothes" with her. Beckham also said she was not jealous about the attention paid by other women to her husband. I am not jealous and when people look at him, I think it's because he's great. Her library-dodging confessions may come as a surprise to fans impressed with the literary style of her autobiography, Learning to Fly. In the book, she recorded how seeing the film Fame encouraged her to seek stardom.