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Saturday, April 01, 2006

It's That Time of Year Again

"You know your Shelley, Bertie.''
"Oh, am I?''

- The Code of the Woosters (1938)
[Courtesy: The Random Wodehouse quote generator.]

Happy April Fools' Day, everybody.


Blogger wildflower seed said...


"He had the look of a frustrated tiger whose personal physician had recommended a strict vegetarian diet."


4/01/2006 4:03 AM  
Blogger km said...

Ha ha ha...some of those quotes are practically firmware, but they seem funnier in print.

Any of you fellas read this British writer called Kyril Bonfiglioli? The dude worshipped PGW, and wrote a 3-parter detective series. Nasty, hilarious, noirish stuff.

May the Fool be with you.

4/01/2006 6:26 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

that strikes close to the bone, man :-|

thanks for the tip!

4/01/2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Do you think Wodehouse is popular only in England and India? No one here seems to have heard of him and American friends that I lent his books to couldn't see what the fuss was all about.
Which reminds me, most Americans can't tolerate the taste of Marmite.
I wonder if people here simply have poor taste, or if we Indians are still hungover from the Raj.

4/01/2006 11:34 PM  
Blogger Salil said...

mockturtle: I'm probably very biased, but I doubt it's the latter. Most people at my uni barely have heard of the finer things in life like Fawlty Towers, cricket and Monty Python. And the amount of McDonalds, KFCs and Wendys outlets around Chicago say plenty for peoples' tastes.

On Marmite though - no comment. :)

4/02/2006 2:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Indians are hungover from the Raj. I remember once in London meeting someone whose son was studying at Dulwich College. I got all excited but she thought it was no big deal -- her take being that people in England don't read PGW anymore. What went unspoken was that people in the erstwhile colonies still do.

4/02/2006 6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should add also that the primary thing she remembered about PGW was that he was a suspected spy...

4/02/2006 7:00 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

mt, salil:
do we really think that a liking of wodehouse is due to the raj? there are only the strayest shreds of evidence that the raj ever intruded into his world. let's not forget, about a third of his work was done after the raj was over.

thanks for stopping by. i'm not sure whether your postcript about pgw's suspected spydom should serve to increase the credibility of your acquaintance's testimony, or otherwise. i personally don't believe that the enjoyment of psmith or fawlty towers allies me in any way with the empire that ruled my ancestors. this is like saying that those of us who live in america (and happen to like bob dylan or dustin hoffman) should have our grandkids pay for our affiliation with the evil empire of our generation. your thrill at experiencing dulwich college was probably a thrill of recognition -- similar to what i felt when i saw a london bus going to baker street. for a londoner, well, it's just baker street innit?

i started going on about this, but then i realized hey it's my blog, so i might as well make a post out of it :-)

4/02/2006 11:00 AM  
Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

Wodehouse is a cultivated taste. If you'd rather read Dan Brown, piss off and spare us your homilies about the Raj.

"Suspected spy". Yes, true. Like "Robert C. Ramsey" ( might believe. (He pasted his entire post in my comments box!)

They're all around.


4/04/2006 9:47 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

spies? or impostors?

4/04/2006 10:59 PM  

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