Short bits, sitting in a bus and wondering edition

The New Penguin History of the World is a book title liable to really confuse people who don’t know the names of publishers.

“And after the collapse of the Pnaakian Empire, the Antarctic was ruled by roving warbands of the worst sort, and the beaks of the wise were sorely dulled and the sleek silver fish were an easy catch no more. Even the art of thermonuclear combustion was lost. Then there came news of a terrible new rising force from the interior of the continent: the Inland Penguins of nightmare and grim legend, now bold and hungry for the produce of the World-Sea, and no longer held in check by fear of the Golden Sword and the Bronze Flippers of Pnaak the Great or her inferior children. Their coat was black all over, save the red Star of Destruction on the chest of each; and their arms were long, sharp, jagged and thirsty for Shorelander blood. Their leader was called Tegelili. Thus began the Age of Sorrow (1650–1630 BCE).”

“Study Question 1: Discuss the phallic symbolism inherent in the Golden Sword. Did it contribute to the violence inherent in the system of the Pnaakian Empire? How about the repression? Who was seen as being repressed? Refer to the Dennis case if at all possible.”

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I wonder if there’s a town called Hannah, Montana?

(Apparently not. Is this then to say that the people of every single Montanan village are either oblivious or non-frivolous? A bit of renaming would be good for a few millions a year, I guess.)

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Can’t say if this is a dim memory or an original idea, but just had this blinding flash of a vision of some third-world city where the likeness-hungry youths, too poor to acquire actual real sunshades, use ones of plywood painted black instead. Not so good for seeing; good enough for being seen.

* * *

“We’re all in the same boat, and no-one’s getting out alive.”

Humanist ethics or the premise of a hot new reality TV show?

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A huge majority (I suppose) of radio stations are mostly or largely music. Is it wrong or weird to ask why this is so, and is it the same to ask why then most books are not poetry?

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That’s a what a few hours of bus travel are good for, in addition to consuming the most recent episodes of the Geologic and H P Podcraft podcasts. (The latter of which contained a rewind-replay-repeat-perfect dramatization of the end of Lovecraft’s Rats in the Walls.)

2 Responses to “Short bits, sitting in a bus and wondering edition”

  1. Iason Ouabache Says:

    A huge majority (I suppose) of radio stations are mostly or largely music…

    The US has a pretty big market for talk radio: NPR, Fox, ESPN, Sporting News, AirAmerica. They are all stuck on the AM band or at the very low end of FM.

  2. the other anonymous Says:

    “We’re all in the same boat, and no-one’s getting out alive.”

    Humanist ethics or the premise of a hot new reality TV show?

    The best reality TV always involves an ethical dilemma. The humanists will be eaten by the radical separatist feminists.

    We need more ethics as reality TV ideas. You could make a fortune selling them to FUX.

    A huge majority (I suppose) of radio stations are mostly or largely music. Is it wrong or weird to ask why this is so, and is it the same to ask why then most books are not poetry?

    Because people don’t know how to read poetry.

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