Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturday thoughts

I. I just read the first short chapter of a newish book, and it ends with the character wishing someone would leave her alone so she could update her blog. This seems like a dire development somehow—or is it simply verisimilitude?

II. Speaking of updating: My software has arrived—and has been updated! And I am using the software to do this blog post. We'll see how it works.

III. Would it be a good/bad idea to do PD annotations on the PD blog?

IV. Dzyd Brent informs me that one of the vocal lines in the Squeeze song "Tempted" (which I reconsidered yesterday) is by none other than Elvis Costello. I knew he produced it...but I didn't know that he had a cameo! This means there are four people handling lead vocals! Too many! Unless you are doing "We Are the World."

V. Culled from Dzyd comments—great boarding school novels/fictional boarding schools (further details welcome)—

From Matt:

Enfield Tennis Academy in Infinite Jest

From Sarah:

Christine Schutt's new book, title unknown

Nina de Gramont's The Gossip of the Starlings

Gordon Korman's Bruno & Boots novels, set at the fictional McDonald Hall in Ontario (and initially written while a teen)

From Jenny D:

John Irving's The World According to Garp

R. F. Delderfield's To Serve Them All My Days

Hogwarts in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books

Jane Eyre, Nicholas Nickleby, David Copperfield

VI. Remember Dzyd Rachel's piece about the "Footprints" poem and its disputed authorship? [Dzyds nod enthusiastically.] The case has gone to court, as noted by The New Yorker.


Blogger Adam Siegel said...

Another good boarding school novel: Richard Yates' "A Good School."

12:17 AM  

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