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June 14, 2010


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The Douglas Brothers cover dates from 1995. I know this as it was the version I bought, and had just been rejacketed along with his others.

Ta, John. Oh, the dizzy Self-referential vistas that yawn before us now...

This has to be my favourite MA novel. Has to be, as it's the only one I've read. Lorne Guyland is a good joke but Stanwyck Mills is even better. I think Amis's old man was responsible for the latter, or possibly for both.

Hello, Michael, didn't expect to see you round here. It is the best Martin Amis novel to have read, both because it's good and because it's representative. The others divide into the "funny but not deep" and the "not funny and straining rather too hard to be deep".

Stanwyck Mills - this is embarrassing: I don't get it. I've tried saying it aloud in several accents, but nothing is coming.

I can't remember whether Stanwyck Mills is dark or not, but that might help. What about the lovely Caduta Massi?

Oh. Oh god. I even said "Stanwyck Mills" aloud, pronouncing it correctly (silent W), and didn't spot it.

I may as well give up.

And yes, I remember Caduta Massi. That one, I did get.

Today, married men have the benefit of a partner with stronger earning power compared with 1970, when fewer married women were in the labor force. Both men and women are much more likely to be college educated today compared with 1970, but women now comprise nearly 54% of college graduates, in contrast to just 36% in 1970. This education gap means that a growing number of marriages includes a wife who has more education than her husband, and in some cases a higher income, as the gasdfraph below details. While the percentage of wives who earn more than husbands has grown significantly, keep in mind that the vast majority or women in 2007 did not earn more than their husbands.

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