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Friday, November 7, 2008

In the Books Section This Week

posted by on November 7 at 14:00 PM


I was really pleased in this week’s book section to host David Schmader writing about his long and complex relationship with Nancy.

At the core of every story: the lonely, homely little freak-girl Nancy, who looks like the mutant spawn of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, and who slogs through her ugly life like Charlie Brown without the crushing self-pity. Nancy’s situation could hardly be drearier: Lacking parents of her own (their absence is never addressed), Nancy lives in a loveless arrangement with her single-and-sexy Aunt Fritzi, who offers nothing but scolding and spoonfuls of cod-liver oil. (The one moment of tenderness documented in my well-worn Nancy compilation: Aunt Fritzi’s warm feelings upon claiming the $600 tax exemption her annoying dependent affords her.)

You should read the whole thing.

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