Question: What did the poet say to Luke Skywalker?
Answer: “Metaphors be with you.”
Gnarf gnarf ...... Sorry.
glad we've Byroned that out. Who is Peanut Butter, Kimosave?
So where is the emo bashing thread then? Aside from the Wikipedia: Emo(Slang) discussion?
Gentlemen, your poesy sides are showing!
"And Andrew, if you continue to quote Alanis, our cyber friendship is over, mmmkay."
Yeah sorry Merc, I'm no Morissette fan, and I HAVE read some poetry - mostly because I had to though. and would be hard pressed to quote anything these days (Augustan poetry did strike me, as a fellow student put it once, as little more than rupert bear rhymes.)
I'm more inclined towards Shelley & Tennyson than Byron. Although I can't deny that some of Shakespeare's sonnets are somewhat more than admirably structured...
Oh Ben, I don't know, too tired now, sighs, fey glance out window.
Augustan sucks, simple. However, whatever grabs you. Shelley had a huge impact on The Chartists...
But hey, our cat is called Bysshe.
My first dog was called Shelley :)
The Worst Journey in the World, by Appsley Cherry-Garrard
That's a good book, The depression that Cherry- Garrad entered at the end of his life was a terrible shame.
Poetry : John Cooper-Clarke, Sam Hunt, Auden and Frost do it for me.
Ah redeemed by Dog.
Hey, that was the name of my first dog too! :)
I put my monkey on the log
in order that he do the dog
he wagged his tail and shook his head
and did the cat instead
he's a weird monkey
wants my money, calls me honey.
Bob Dylan, All This And WW3
I'm not a big Bob fan but I was moved by the moment.
Stranger in a Strange Land certainly had an impact on me: as I explained in the post last year about my grandfather, he gave the book, and it was a real trip.
But I probably got more out of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress --- TANSTAAFL was a pretty important principle.
I'm not nearly as much of a longform reader, especially of fiction, as most of the people posting here, but as a kid I pretty much cleaned up the Fendalton Public Library's sci-fi section. I was always more interested in ideas than plot.
James White's Second Ending (beaten out for a Hugo by Stranger in a Strange Land!) fair did my head in too ...
i knew a girl up the road called Shelley when i was in primary school, her dad drove a really cool bronze Valiant
Master Riddley you are a poet, hint, everyone knew a girl up the road called (insert girl name here) and a father with a (insert muscle car here).
Anyhow, like any brave young poet would, what did you do about it?
yeah but this is true.
liike most young poets i lost interest i guess, i think i liked the Valiant better. we were only 5. nothing a good THRASHING wouldnt fix though i'm sure
Dude, it's all about the car..."I got a 59 Chevy with a 387 and a Hirst on the floor..." (Bruce Springsteen). Now I must away,
Enough or Too Much!
William Blake (The Master)
Rob Stowell wrote:
[Hoban's] children's books are near perfect. The Francis books and "How Tom beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen" are classics.
Of course I agree, in light of which am almost inclined to let the following slide:
I'm not such a fan of Russell Hoban's adult novels (sorry Riddley- good but not great)
but I just can't. Rob, have you read Pilgermann, or Kleinzeit, or The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz?
And are you saying Riddley Walker is good but not great, or addressing the Riddley on this forum?
"Hey, that was the name of my first dog too! :)"
Utterly fantastic coincidence! I suppose your sister had a horse called Byron at some stage too?
"Ah redeemed by Dog."
Merc, I really want to ask "What if Dog was one of us"
But I want us to remain friends.
Chris- yeah, they are all good books Pilgermann, or Kleinzeit, or The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz - and Riddley Walker is a classic... but not, for me, a loved one. (My wife and her mum would both disagree.)
It is a matter of taste of course :-)
I'd also throw in some Murakami- Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World is, in a twisted way, in same the Hoban vein, but somehow lighter.
I just love Hoban's children's books: I'd say they were the greatest ever if it weren't such a subjective thing and foolish-seeming statement. But even endless re- reading to kids, they make me smile and feel emotional and are gently ironic in a very complicated and satisfying way.
Re-reading Uncle has also been terrific, but I think you need to read it aloud to a family, a chapter or two at a time, preferably in front of the fire. And you have to read Uncle in an incredibly pompous voice.
Before anyone finalises judgment on Allanis Morisette, why not watch the video of her cover of "My Humps"?
Who would have thought. But it does figure, don't ya think?
"I got a 59 Chevy with a 387 and a Hirst on the floor..." (Bruce Springsteen)
Memorable kidlit: Anything Tove Jansson.
Moomins. Hattifatteners. Hemulins. The Mymble. The Groke. Salome the Little Creep. The meerschaum tram.
Before anyone finalises judgment on Allanis Morisette
Hating on Alanis is sooo '90s, anyway.