Saturday, January 7, 2012

More gallimaufry

Today would have been Charles Addams' 100th birthday. Google marked the occasion with the following design:
Here are a few classics (dozens more at The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker):
At the age of four, Robert Graves, having said his evening prayers, asked his mother if she would leave him any money when she died. “If you left me as much as five pounds, I could buy a bicycle,” he reasoned. “Surely you’d rather have me, Robby,” his mother said. “But I could ride to your grave on it,” he replied. Graves, author of the delightfully dire I, Claudius, would be a person after Addams' own heart! Another rather mordant author is my favorite mystery writer, Ruth Rendell, who was fired from her first job on the South Woodford local newspaper for writing up the tennis club's annual jamboree without mentioning that the chairman dropped dead while making his speech.

First UK printing; facsimiledustjackets.com
Flavorwire recently ran 25 literary epigraphs, based on their researches on epigraphic.tumblr.com. My favorites:
Lawyers, I suppose, were children once. — Charles Lamb
(from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)
Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, Till she cry “Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!” — Thomas Parke D’Invilliers
(from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Behind every great fortune there is a crime. — Balzac
(from The Godfather by Mario Puzo)
 and yours?

3 comments:

  1. I have a book by Carl Sagan and I. S. Shklovskii called "Intelligent Life in the Universe", with epigrams heading each chapter. One of these is a quote from Plutarch on Alexander: "Alexander wept when he heard that there was an infinite number of worlds; and his friends asking him if any accident had befallen him, he returned this answer: "Do you not think it a matter worthy of lamentation that, when there is such a vast multitude of them, we have not yet conquered one?"

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  2. I saw the google design on Saturday and loved it. Thanks for sharing on here as well.

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  3. Alexander was something else all right! I still mourn for the library named after him that was lost.

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