Mirth in a Box is nothing if not literary. First of all, just the name is pretty high falutin’. How many people know what “mirth” means? (Hint: joyous gaiety; festive jollity; humorous amusement; glee; hilarity) And then check out the Jane Austen Doll. If a lot of folks don’t know what mirth means, a lot more have never heard of Jane Austen! Who? Was she on The Voice or American Idol? Maybe she danced with the stars.
But Mirth’s best nod to literary literacy is a very handsome mug. Yes. A mug. Everyone needs another mug, right? How else to drink coffee or cocoa? This one is a treat for the bookish in Mirth’s database because it’s inscribed with the names of banned books.
Hard to believe anyone bothers to ban books. To do so implies we read them. But before Jersey Shore and the Housewives of Everywhere, before Fox News took to scolding MSNBC and the Onion took on both, there were books with “dangerous ideas.” Mirth’s mug reminds us that once we couldn’t read Lolita, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Catcher in the Rye, or Catch-22. Who knew? Did Jane Austen write those books?
Mary Goodbody has a blog where she chronicles the lives (and sometimes deaths) of the animals on her family’s farm. Mary is the senior editor at Cookstr.com. Cookstr.com is the place on the internet to look for cookbook recipes. You can also find Mary’s recipes on FamilyTime.com.