November 18th, 2014

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

We continue on with the lecture when Elly makes a flippant comment about what'll attract the drooling vermin public to the library.

(Strip Number 4536, Original Publication Date, 20 November 1985)

Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly read Sue's Christmas program and going goggle-eyed because of its averageness. For some reason, having guest speakers, book readings, films, plays and contests staggers her.

Panel 2: She then tells Susan that this is a pretty ambitious program she's got going.

Panel 3: Sue makes the stupid-ass palms-out pleading gesture as she asks Elly how else the library is supposed to attract patrons.

Panel 4: Elly's response is to make a wise-ass crack about applying for a bingo license.

Summary: I have a rather simpler suggestion for attracting people: getting rid of the smug jerk who thinks that everyone not as well 'educated' as she believes herself to be is the family on Honey Boo-Boo. Once the arrogant hypocrite ruining Story Time is gone, the place will immediately become far less oppressive a place.
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Ambitions: the novel.

It might interest you to know that josephusrex's second novel "Ambitions" has been published.

The description:

Teenaged Christine Wainwright's parents regard her and her musical ambitions as inconveniences. Christine's earnest, vain elder brother David is the star of the family: an up-and-coming novelist who has married into the richest family in State City, Iowa. The middle child, Melissa, is struggling with her teaching career and a choice between two men: steady, pragmatic Leander Washington and worshipful Connor Lowe. When Christine disappears, suspicion falls on the Wainwrights' scheming neighbor, Andy Palinkas, who loathes Christine's parents. The unfolding mystery exposes the truth behind the Wainwrights' respectable façade: a convoluted saga of unwanted children, disastrous marriages, romantic double-crosses, and domestic plots and counter-plots. Joseph Dobrian's new novel, Ambitions (Rex Imperator, 426 pps., trade paperback, $17.95, ISBN 978-0-9835572-3-4) is a stark, elegantly written family drama set in a Midwestern university town. It's a story of aspiration, adoration, and betrayal that explores some of the ugliest realities of human interactions. At the same time, it conveys a message of hope to readers who strive to realize their own ambitions.

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