IAIN M. BANKS's secret is revealed: 'Iain M. Banks drops the M when he writes fiction.' (Victoria Coren, Only Connect, BBC4, 5 April) [RCF]
(They are only catching on to that now?)
AS OTHERS SEE US. On Michael Chabon's essay collection Maps and Legends: '(I would like to make a substantial bet that he is a fan of The Lord of the Rings too; there are hurried nods to Tolkien's imaginarium here and elsewhere, but of all the means for professional suicide that are available to the writer, expressing affection for Tolkien is one of the most effective.)' (Nicholas Lezard, Guardian, 3 April) [AMB]
All this and World War II. Amusing (and amazing) as always!