If it’s Friday, it must mean leftovers . . .

“My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.” ~ Jess C. Scott, from EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

First, there’s this. How apt:

Guess the Book from Its Library of Congress Subject Keywords:

Honor system! Only the nerdiest shall prevail. If you have a degree in library science, please assign yourself a two-point penalty.

1. Married people
College teachers
New England
2. Private investigators
Tourette syndrome
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
3. Totalitarianism
London (England)
4. Physicians’ spouses
Suicide victims
Middle class
5. Parents – Death – Psychological aspects

6. Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Rejection (Psychology)
Rural families
Yorkshire (England)

7. Europeans – Africa
Trading posts

8. Teenage girls
Country life

9. Kings and rulers
Murder victims’ families

10. Mothers and sons
Young men
New Orleans (La.)

11. Psychotherapist and patient
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Teenage boys

12. People with mental disabilities
African American women cooks
Aristocracy (Social class)
Illegitimate children
Brothers and sisters

13. Assimilation (Sociology)
Interracial marriage
Genetic engineering
Fate and fatalism
Ethnic relations
Male friendship
Race relations
London (England)

14. Runaway teenagers
Teenage boys
New York (N.Y.)

15. Greek Americans
Gender identity
Grosse Pointe (Mich.)
Detroit (Mich.)

16. Social classes
Young women

17. Dominican Americans

18. Executions and executioners
Fathers and daughters
Paris (France)
London (England)
France – History – Revolution

19. Alienation (Social psychology)
City and town life
Male friendship
Married people
Jewish men
Dublin (Ireland)

20. Americans – Ukraine
World War, 1939-1945
Jewish families
Young men

21. Children of prostitutes
Fathers and sons
Sibling rivalry
Salinas River Valley (Calif.)

22. Missing persons
Mexico City (Mexico)

23. Traffic accidents
Married women
First loves
Rich people
Long Island (N.Y.)

24. Married people
Women teachers
New Orleans (La.)

25. Middle-aged men

Answers: (1) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2) Motherless Brooklyn (3) 1984 (4) Madame Bovary (5) A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (6) Wuthering Heights (7) Heart of Darkness (8) Atonement (9) Hamlet (10) A Confederacy of Dunces (11) Equus (12) The Sound and the Fury (13) White Teeth (14) The Catcher in the Rye (15) Middlesex (16) Pride and Prejudice (17) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (18) A Tale of Two Cities (19) Ulysses (20) Everything Is Illuminated (21) East of Eden (22) The Savage Detectives (23) The Great Gatsby (24) A Streetcar Named Desire (25) Lolita

Completely random:

One of my dreams (from XKCD), that’s if I can’t get James Earl Jones:

Jeremy Irons

Makes you wonder about their clientele:

Cool story, bra.

9 thoughts on “If it’s Friday, it must mean leftovers . . .

  1. I got 12, almost 13 (my brain regularly swaps Everything is Illuminated for The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – and when I remember the wrong one and know it’s wrong, I still can’t find the right one. Grrr.) Kind of shameful that I did not get some of them, and some I just got wrong altogether. But overall, not too bad. (Really should have had Streetcar, though… one of my favourites of all time…)

      • I’ve only seen the movie…
        I am ashamed to admit it, but I’m not a big book reader anymore… It was a strange transition from books to movies, but 20 years as a film critic really impacted the way I process storytelling. I started out critiquing movies from a literary POV, and probably still do to some extent. But somthing’s changed. I probably only read 8-10 books a year now… when I was in my teens, that was a weekly consumption rate and in my thirties, monthly…Sigh…

      • 15+ years… edited the film section of a magazine, too. I finally gave it up because I couldn’t bear watching the bad movies anymore. And I had so much other stuff going on, something had to give. Been thinking about picking it up again on a casual basis…
        I’m half owner in The 13th Floor (www.13thfloor.co.nz) which is really growing – I do the tech side of things, maintaining and developing the site, which, being a writer is a bit of a surprise for me, but I’m content at the moment. But if I do decide to do some writing/critiquing again, I am sure I could finagle my way into it…

      • You never cease to amaze me, truly. You have done so many things in your life, and you continue to expand your horizons. I feel pale in comparison (and of course, I cannot help but compare).

      • Thank you kinda… oddly, I see myself as a rather shy slacker who she get up and DO something…

        You have lots of things I wish I had… one of my personal disappointments in myself is that I never got a masters in English. By the time I was in a position to do it, I had lost the will…

      • I suppose we’re the perfect example of greener grass . . .

        As far as being a slacker, that’s pretty much how I see myself–never quite following through.

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