First up, here are a few more blurbs that never were drawn from this material:
--of these, I'd say the Nemerov is the most thoughtful (sounds like he actually taught LotR at one point, which I hadn't known before) and Proxmire's the least (given that you can't tell if he actually read the book or not). There are a few other pieces from misc. folk (e.g., President Johnson's older daughter), but these four are the most striking.
recent/current reading: Pratchett's UNSEEN ACADEMICS (a dud) and RAISING STEAM (better, so far), Aaronovich's RIVERS OF LONDON, BOOK FOUR (a highly readable series; recommended), and A HISTORY OF THE VYNE by Chaloner Wm Chute (1888; facsimile reprint).
P.S.: Thanks to David Bratman for pointing out (in his comment on my previous post) that Burton was a friend of one of Tolkien's friends and fellow Inklings: Nevill Coghill.