- Embrace 69-ing, because the way up and the way down are the same thing. (Herakleitos)
- There's a reason that reading Margaret Atwood causes one to twitch like Herbert Lom in a Pink Panther movie. (Atwood, "You Fit Into Me")
- It was Dostoevsky that invented the Axe Effect. (Crime and Punishment)
- I feel discomfort, therefore I am. (How reassuring....) (Graham Greene, A Burnt-Out Case)
- When the going gets tough, the tough get naked. (King Lear)
- Fiddle-dee-dee, tomorrow is another day.... (Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress")
- Never, ever, in your otherwise-useless life will people of all stripes be interested in you than when you have a silly metal band wrapped around your finger. (Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings)
- Be careful with your relations, and keep your kids away from the Medea. (Euripides)
- Always keep a hanky handy. (Othello)
- Or, on second thought, maybe not. (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
- Thank heaven for little girls. (Dante, The Commedia)
- Or, on second thought, maybe not. (Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita)
- Just because something smells like fish doesn't mean you should chase after it. (Thomas Gray, "Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat....")
- Apparently, some women can masturbate and write at the same time. (James Joyce, Ulysses)
- Pussy rubbing against a post is indeed a form of worship. (Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno)
- Shock of shocks, life IS a stitch. (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein)
- It's a villanelle world when your whistle blows, and still your kid will want a piece of your time. (Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night")
- Some teachers will do anything to encourage their students. (Mordecai Richler, Cocksure)
- Never, ever, screw around with your boss' daughter. (The Tempest)
- They really do fuck you up, your Mum and Dad. (Sophocles, Oedipus Rex)
- Even the brilliant need a shot in the arm now and again. (Arthur Conan Doyle, the Sherlock Holmes stories)
- Driving Miss Daisy isn't as innocuous as it sounds. (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)
- Just because something-- or someone-- says "DRINK ME" doesn't mean that you should. (Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland; see also Bram Stoker, Dracula)
- All in all, everything's just another brick in the wall. (Edgar Allan Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado")
- The cruellest sentences with which one be punished are Faulkner's. (Absalom, Absalom!)
- For God's sake, DON'T throw the baby out with the bathwater. (George Eliot, Adam Bede)
- Sometimes the A just isn't worth it. (Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter)
- Believe it or not, that burning sensation in your loins may mean you're going to Heaven. (George Bernard Shaw, Saint Joan)
- And, Leonard Coehn forgive me, don't go home with your pardon. (William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman)
- Give a woman a little romance, and all she'll want is moor, moor, moor. (Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights)
- Give a man a little romance, and all he'll want is More, More, More. (Robert Bolt, A Man For All Seasons)
- If the pen is mightier than the sword, a hardcover copy of Clarissa is mightier than a bulldozer.
- All shall be Hell, and all manner of myself shall be Hell. (John Milton, Paradise Lost)
- Some people have a lot more going on upstairs than you'd think. (Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray)
- Financial worries will send you right around the bend. (Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman)
- Honey and Pooh: a combination even more magical than chocolate and peanut butter. (A.A. Milne)
- Ladies, despite what they may tell you in Tijuana, taking the worm probably isn't a very good idea. (Antony and Cleopatra)
- An ounce of Pound is a cure for invention. (The Cantos)
- The world's first Surrealist was Henry Howard. Tottle-ly. (Yes, RK, I know, no one will get it....)
- You can't judge a book by its cover, or its title. (E.M. Forster, Howards End; Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited; John Mortimer, Rumpole of the Bailey; William Golding, The Lord of the Flies; W. Somerset Maugham, Of Human Bondage)
- Every man thinks his bat is made of sacred wood-- until the big moment when he swings with it and misses. Bernard Malamud, The Natural)
- All it takes is one snowballing incident to change your life forever. (Robertson Davies, Fifth Business)
- There's ALWAYS room for Tang. (Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff)
06 September 2005
Between The Sheets, or Inter-Cover Brother
Following this blog's recent post on things I learned from the movies, it seemed only fitting to supply a similar post on the various things I've learned from my readings over the years-enough-to-beggar-counting. Unfortunately, this list probably won't be as accessible as the movie one, but-- damn it-- this blog never promised to appeal to lowest common denominators, even if it frequently does. (Sn*rk.) And with no further ado, What I Learned From Literature:
- ► 2007 (209)
- ► 2006 (178)
- Pure Genius
- Children of the Corn
- The Presidential Seal
- The Weapon of Mass Seduction
- Beating Around The Bush
- Ligers, Not Daughters?
- I Guess He Had Her At "Get Out"
- U2, Rufé?
- Glib Service
- Gnothi Se
- There's A First Time For Everything....
- Puhleeze, Academy II: Trackin' Braining
- Caveat Lector!
- (And We Can Almost Smell) Your TV Sheets....
- Popular Culture
- Stuff That Bloggers The Mind
- M*A*S*H-terpiece Theatre?
- All He Did Was Keep The Beat (In Bad Company), ...
- Whip Van Wrinkle
- The Vancouver Canucks
- Little Hams, Who Made Ye?
- Between The Sheets, or Inter-Cover Brother
- New Orleans Was Sinking....
- Magic Dealism
- Sensual Surrender and Formal Atrophy
- Frankly, My Dears....
- ▼ September (27)
- ► 2004 (1435)