This week we finished off “The Aunt and the Sluggard.” I won’t spoil the ending for anyone who couldn’t make it to the diner this evening, but suffice it to say Jeeves has everyone’s troubles well in hand! You can read the story yourself or follow along with me here.

Not too many additional references to note here, aside from the name dropping of playwright/producer/manager David Belasco and heavyweight champion Jim Corbett, also known as Gentleman Jim.

a black and white image of a muscular boxer

Apparently Rocky got one of his friends from the newspaper to pretend to be this guy. Rummy stuff.

The last literary reference that I could see was a paraphrase of Tennyson’s “Break, Break, Break,” as Bertie mourns the brief absence of Jeeves (and speculates that he now understands the plight of the lower classes; I’m guessing this story takes place after “Comrade Bingo,” then) with, “It was like what somebody or other wrote about the touch of a vanished hand.”

The compare and contrast for this week was two more city songs! “The City” by Dismemberment Plan and “Left and Leaving” by The Weakerthans. These were less focused on the cities themselves and more using the cities to illustrate the absence of a loved one.

Since I had a little extra time at the end of our dinner, I also played “Atomic Number” by Neko Case, Laura Veirs, and k.d. lang (which has a lovely music video) and “Western Stars” by k.d. lang.

I’ll see you next week for a fun, light-hearted playlist about death and dying! Okay, maybe not entirely light-hearted, but it should be fun in a depressing sort of way.

Your DJ/Dinner Companion,

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