Taking a few days off

I think I’ll just not update Charley for a few days. I’m exhausted and insomnia-struck and my ears hurt again. I haven’t felt like doing much. Mostly just reading.

I just finished Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm, a peculiar and anachronistic satire from 1911. It’s a girl who visits Oxford University and she is so striking that all the undergraduates fall in love with her and drown themselves for the love of her. And the Oxford dons barely notice that the entire student body has vanished. The name Zuleika means “brilliant and lovely.” Zuleika Dobson most certainly was not — she was a twat. But this book is her name’s only claim to fame — and Max Beerbohm’s as well, it was his only novel and nothing else he wrote was really worthy of posterity. In fact, some people argue that Zuleika Dobson is unworthy of posterity too, but I found it amusing.

I am rambling. I will stop now.

3 thoughts on “Taking a few days off

  1. alex July 18, 2010 / 4:43 am

    I wrote this to a law enforcement agent who is looking to identify the remains of a child that was found in the desert. This is the direct quote
    “One other important fact for you (and dont rely on the stupid disinfo wiki article either), and that is these following CUTTING EDGE CRIMINOLGY techniques that may also furnish you some answer in quick time. Please google “reverse speech phenomena” and understand it is and has been used in crime fighting by many. In addition to this, there are hundreds if not thousands more sites on what is known as “applied kinesiology” a disapline designed to give a yes or no answer to virtually any question. You can imagine the applications in law inforcement I’m sure. I leave with this, and hope that it has enabled you to do your duty to the utmost in the protection of our civilization, and in particular our children through the exemplary work you do. It is for such great work that our tax dollars finally see well spent investments and profits in the truest and highest sense.”
    May it also furnish you answers I pray in finding that man who has almost for certain vanished under foul play. I sincerely hope that he is ok. GodBless.

  2. Robin July 20, 2010 / 11:52 pm

    It’s not anachronistic, as it purports to be set in 1911, and was written then. If it was written in 1911 but refers to television and ipods, then those would be anachronisms.

    Don’t use words you don’t quite understand.

    • Meaghan July 21, 2010 / 12:21 am

      Anachronism can also simply be defined as “an artifact that belongs to another time.” I have seen it used in that context for books, saying a book is “anachronistic” when they mean dated.

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