Pale Fire

Mercer Machine make a reading recommendation to The Screwy Sceptic. He suggested Nabokov's "Ada or Ardor". E@L has a first edition somewhere.

That recommendation brought back an echo of a brief conversation MM and E@L had at the last secret bloggers meeting. (It must have been a secret becasue (almost) no-one else ever turns up, despite our open invitation...)


MM: Have you read Nabokov's "Pale Fire"

E@L (clears throat):
"I was the shadow of the waxwing, slain
By the false azure of the windowpane.
I was the smudge of ashen fluff, and I
Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky."

MM: That'd be a YES then...


Not all the conversation is on such an other-wordly level. Hardly. This, apart from some lyrics of The Waterboys - and that was actually good old WB Yeats (The Stolen Child) - is the only "poetry" (Nabokov meant it as a send-up) E@L has set to memory since leaving school. And E@L did that just in case, 20 years later, somebody should ever ask him if he had read "Pale Fire"... LOL! First time is has ever come in handy - upped E@L in MM's estimation.

More typically we are poking fun at pink-shirted preppy wankers with their collars turned up, and discussing the benefits of various types of beers, various types of music, various types of movies, various types of books. Not a lot on sport.

Actually, don't remember the DETAILS what we talk about at all... It's all just important small-talk, or trivial world-problem-solving.

Why not join us and Smootie this Friday night and not remember yourself? Or do I mean "not remember, yourself."

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Might have to be an indoor venue, wadda ya reckon?

This 10 day stretch of persistent precipitation, a.k.a. rain, is what we in Australia would refer to as a "drought breaker." Just quietly. Signs of Global Wettening?

E@L

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Posted by: expat@large on Jan 12, 06 | 1:34 pm | Profile


OTHER MONKEYS SAID



in texas, we call it 'february'.


Posted by: MercerMachine on Jan 12, 06 | 6:10 pm

In parts of Australia the 10 year old kids say, "Mommy, what is that wet stuff coming out of the sky?"


Posted by: expat@large on Jan 12, 06 | 6:46 pm


THIS MONKEY SAYS




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