April 5th, 2004

breaking bad

Dr Johnson anticipates the blog

'I remember I was once on a visit at the house of a lady for whom I had a high respect. There was a good deal of company in the room. When they were gone, I said to this lady, "What foolish talking have we had!" "Yes, said she, but while they talked, you said nothing." I was struck with the reproof.

How much better is the man who does anything that is innocent, than he who does nothing. Besides, I love anecdotes. I fancy mankind may come, in time, to write all aphoristically, except in narrative; grow weary of preparation, and connection, and illustration, and all those arts by which a big book is made. If a man is to wait till he weaves anecdotes into a system, we may be long in getting them, and get but few, in comparison of what we might get.'

From Pseudopodium

And - Happy birthday irfikos
breaking bad

Moby Dick Tracy

The 'merge two books' theme has spread like wildfire. The most erudite set of contributions I have read so far is from Crooked Timber who have also included films. Here are some more of my favourites.

Goldilocks and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (These metal teeth are too big! These Jensen eyes are too small! But this mechanical arm is just right!)
Remains of the Longest Day (An old-style English butler is drafted to cater the invasion of Normandy)
Tales of the City of God (racy gay confessions of St. Augustine)
The Magnificent Seven Ambersons (Several generations of a prominent but snobbish and troubled midwestern family fight to defend their town against incredible odds)

And I would like to see:

The Crying of Salem’s Lot 49
The Unbearable Lightness of Being John Malkovich
The Spanish Prisoner of Azkaban