Missed this one: last month, the New York Times reviewed my friend Mara’s new children’s book:

“The Busiest Street in Town” is a fable, the story of a grandmotherly woman, Agatha May Walker, who wants to take gingersnap cookies to her friend Eulalie but cannot get across a street swollen with trucks and cars. We see her standing amid exhaust fumes — “Slow Down!” she yells — like King Xerxes telling his men to flog the Hellespont.

Wow, that’s just what I thought when reading the book – just like King Xerxes! (No, wait, that’s not what I thought at all. King Xerxes was the last thing on my mind. I guess I’m not as erudite as a NYT book reviewer).

Here’s David’s review: “Read it again!” He didn’t mention Xerxes at all.