Not That It Matters

October 31, 2020
Not That It Matters

The creator of Winnie-the-Pooh shares his musings onsome of the matters of his day in this delightful collection ofessays, short stories, and poems.Not That It Matters is “a collection of essays from the end ofthat extraordinary silver age of English belles-lettres at the turnof the last century, when men such as Shaw and Belloc earned theirdaily bread by scribbling in newspapers and magazines aboutanything they could scrape a thousand or so words out of:socialism, dogs, the weather, how they celebrated Christmas,capital punishment, Wagner. For those who like this sort of thing,this volume is very nearly perfect. There are pieces on snobbery,oranges, cricket, bad fiction, ‘Smoking as a Fine Art’ (‘My firstintroduction to Lady Nicotine was at the innocent age of eight’),chess, thermometers, Holy Writ (‘Isaiah was the ideal author. . . .He kept to one style’), and—prophetically—those bores who fetishize‘good brown ale’” (National Review).“Milne writes on goldfish, daffodils, writing personal diaries,the charm of lunch, intellectual snobbery, and even what propertyprogram presenters would now call ‘kerb appeal’—but which wassimply ‘looking at the outside of a house’ in Milne’s day. . . . Itis still a delight and a joy to have Not That It Matters and itsilk waiting on my shelf.” —Stuck in a Book