I keep a tumblr at lloydshep.tumblr.com called A Pound of Obscure. Here’s the last week’s posts from it.
- My daughter’s taking RS GCSE tomorrow. Should I show her this?
My daughter’s taking RS GCSE tomorrow. Should I show her this?
The Oxford English Dictionary is currently soliciting public help in tracking down “a mysterious, possibly pornographic, 19th-century book from which a number of its quotations are derived.”:oupacademic:Meanderings of Memory by Nightlark, from which 51 words in the OED are thought to be sourced, is nowhere to be found
- “There were several factors contributing to this outburst”
“There were several factors contributing to this outburst, but part of it was the appearance of residual shreds of feeling, artifacts from a time when sights and sounds and Leonardo–the Baz Luhrmann trifecta–went straight into the viscera. (You had better hope you don’t spend your teen years taking in total garbage, because that’s formative garbage.) When I read San Francisco Chronicle critic Mick LaSalle opine recently that Romeo Juliet was “too contemptible even to be called a desecration,” I know that he never lay in virginal bed with headphones and discman, listened to Thom Yorke utter the eternal invitation “I’ll be waiting, with a gun and a pack of sandwiches,” and just felt so much.” - A lovely essay on teenage influences. The Millions : You Can’t Repeat the Past, Old Sport: On Leo, Baz, Gatsby, and Me
John Mortimer, creator of Rumpole of the Bailey and many other eccentric creatures of the legal (and not-so-legal) professions, had his first dramatic work broadcast on this day in 1957 – on the Third Programme, of course. It was a radio play called ‘The Dock Brief’ and the cast included David Kossoff (left) as Fowle and Michael Hordern as Morgenhall. The production won a Prix Italia. The pic is a production still from the TV version, made a few months later with the same cast.
- European Stereotypes, by country (via Stereotyping in Europe)
European Stereotypes, by country (via Stereotyping in Europe)