Consider the Lobster, a collection of ten essays, is very informative and enlightening
but the reading is not that easy.
The essays are loaded with footnotes that sometimes take away from the main text, but
the key is to read each footnote and go back and re-read the text. It takes effort but
the effort will be rewarded.
Foster also uses abbreviations and initialisms profusely. For example i/r/t for in
regard to; pc for political correctness and many others. Again, the key is to keep up
with them until they become part of the reading vocabulary. The regular vocabulary has
the ring of William F. Buckley, Jr. A good dictionary will help.
One of the more interesting essays is "Authority and American Usage." Anyone interested
in our changing language will enjoy this essay.
The essay dealing with John McCain's run for the Democratic nomination for President
gives a fair analysis of the man -warts and halos. It also gives a good look at how political
campaigns are run.
The most interesting essay is "Host." In discussing John Ziegler and other radio talk-show
hosts, the author uses boxes, arrows and more arrows to tell his story. It looks for all
the world like a rough draft, but the reader comes away with a satisfying knowledge of
The reading is difficult but the more one reads, the easier it gets and in the end it
is worth the effort.