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Four things

I’ve been memed! (Ta, wolfangel.) Four jobs you’ve had in your life: cat-sitter, editorial assistant, lecturer, clerical underling in hospital chem lab Four movies you could watch over and over: The Company, My Beautiful Laundrette, Le Rayon Vert, Singin’ in the Rain Four places you’ve lived: Baltimore, Santa Monica, Florence, Philadelphia Four TV shows you […]

Shakespeare meme

I never pass up the opportunity to quote Shakespeare, so I was very happy to come across the "When you see this, quote Shakespeare!" meme. I had a bunch of possible passages in mind, but then I remembered this, from Antony and Cleopatra:     [Enter a company of Soldiers.]1. Sold. Brother, good night; to-morrow […]

I always secretly wanted to be a glam rocker.

You’re Brian Eno. You’re a little reclusive maybe, a little quieter than most people… But man, who needs outside entertainment when your brain is like KABOOM all the time? You are innovative, creative, and intelligent. You dress flamboyantly, gravitating towards large feathers and tinsel. Everyone respects you, and looks up to you. We are not […]

Pottering around

Department of "Reading list decisions destined to interfere with each other": 1. I decided to catch up on my reading of all the Harry Potter books (I stopped after volume 2, fell out of sync with everyone else on the planet, and am now thinking that I want to catch up, but not to read […]

All too true.

"If, as you live your life, you find yourself mentally composing blog entries about it, post this exact same sentence in your weblog." (Via Riba Rambles.)

The “I am ridiculous” factor

Because I’m trying to get back into writing regularly again… Terry Teachout has started a parlor game proposed by a friend: What great artists (or famous people) could, and couldn’t, say the sentence “I am ridiculous”? Washington no, Lincoln yes. Milton no, Shakespeare yes. I’ll bite. This is the all (pre-20th century) poets, all the […]

Life in ten poems, eight song titles, and five movie lines

You who read this blog regularly know I can’t resist any meme involving poetry, and hence it was only a matter of time before I succumbed to the Ten Poems meme. The idea is to post ten poems that represent what you want to write. Here are a rapidly-chosen ten of mine: John Ashbery, "Wet […]


I should have known. The cure for blogger’s block is the spreading of memes. Specifically, this Poetry Meme spotted at Noli Irritare Leones. Here are the instructions: Below you will find ten first lines of poems. If you recognize the line, leave it on the list. If you do not recognize the line, then replace […]

This ain’t the Met’s opera quiz.

I would like to assure everyone that I have never: cheated on a significant other the day they left town; egged anyone else on to do the same; impersonated an Albanian; faked a suicide attempt; or patched up an awkward situation by arranging a mass wedding. I don’t even drink hot chocolate for breakfast. My […]

Superman and Green Lantern ain’t got nothing on me

Can’t…resist…Superhero Generator…can’t…resist… Ladies and gentlemen, meet OperaSeriaGirl. She’s fiercer than she looks. Hers is the power of coloratura! She can scale three octaves in a single bound! She can charm rocks and trees into following her! I don’t think I’m quite done. I may come back and add a few more while I’m at it. […]