He's hot, he's sexy - and he's dead.
OK, maybe he's not either of those first two things, but it was the best of times for classics fans Monday when Oprah Winfrey chose a Charles Dickens doubleheader for her latest book club: A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations.
It was the worst of times if, like me, you think that the classics are fine and all, but the best thing about the book club is the promotion of new authors whose works you didn't have to slog through at 16. Yes, yes, I know Dickens was great and all that. But he doesn't need the press.
In other Oprah news, she had Jonathan Franzen on to talk about his novel Freedom, and no punches were thrown, according to the Associated Press.