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Friday, 13 June 2003
There is an online parlor game of sorts that seems to be quite popular amongst the Live Journal types. Someone sends you five questions, and you answer ‘em on yer blog. Well, why the hell not? The following questions come to me from my good friend Dave, The Dangerous Episcopalian, a.k.a. Bigpancakes.
  1. How much money would it take to get you to shave your beard off and keep it off for six months?
    I suppose ten thousand dollars (after taxes!) might do it.

  2. What, if anything, do you miss about San Diego?
    South Mission Beach.

  3. What is your favorite sentence from Finnegans Wake, and why? Provide some explanation of the meaning of the sentence.
    Oh, wow. What a question. There are so many! I have heard her voice somewhere else’s before me in these ears still that now are for mine. (565) Their design is a whosold word and the charming details of light in dark are freshed from the feminiairity which breathes content. (606) In the name of Annah the Allmaziful, the Everliving, the Bringer of Plurabilities, haloed be her eve, her singtime sung, her rill be run, unhemmed as it is uneven! (104) All these are precious to me, but none so much as this:
    night by silentsailing night while infantina Isobel (who will be blushing all day to be, when she growed up one Sunday, Saint Holy and Saint Ivory, when she took the veil, the beautiful presentation nun, so barely twenty, in her pure coif, sister Isobel, and next Sunday, Mistlemas, when she looked a peach, the beautiful Samaritan, still as beautiful and still in her teens, nurse Saintette Isabelle, with stiffstarched cuffs but on Holiday, Christmas, Easter mornings when she wore a wreath, the wonderful widow of eighteen springs, Madame Isa Veuve La Belle, so sad but lucksome in her boyblue’s long black with orange blossoming weeper’s veil) for she was the only girl they loved, as she is the queenly pearl you prize, because of the way the night that first we met she is bound to be, methinks, and not in vain, the darling of my heart, sleeping in her april cot, within her singachamer, with her greengageflavoured candywhistle duetted to the crazyquilt, Isobel, she is so pretty, truth to tell, wildwood’s eyes and primarose hair, quietly, all the woods so wild, in mauves of moss and daphnedews, how all so still she lay, neath of the whitethorn, child of tree, like some losthappy leaf, like blowing flower stilled, as fain would she anon, for soon again ‘twill be, win me, woo me, wed me, ah weary me! deeply, now even calm lay sleeping; (556)
    This fragment is actually part of a much longer “sentence” that spans several paragraph breaks before finally hitting a full stop. There are several things going on here, but most importantly, we get images of Issy (the Wake’s young female particle) as an infant, as a beautiful little girl, as a blossoming woman, as the object of male desire. I don’t think I care to explain much more than that — the main reason I love this passage is because it is so beautiful and poetic. That is the true joy of the Wake. If it reads like gobbledegook to you, you probably won’t ever understand my obsession. If you admit that there is something interesting going on here, well, perhaps you’re susceptible to the bug, too.

  4. Liberace or Donald Trump? Why?
    This may be the toughest question. Donald Trump is alive, while Liberace is not, so Trump gets a point. On the other hand, Trump is almost certainly evil, while I don’t get the sense that Liberace was, so score one for Liberace. Hmm. Ah, I have it: Liberace appeared on the Muppet Show, while as far as I know, Trump has never been on camera with a Henson creation. Advantage Liberace.

  5. How have you used the 110v AC outlet in your new Pontiac Vibe?
    Sadly, no.
Anyone need five questions to answer? Leave your request in the comments.
posted to /misc at 12:13pm :: 6 responses

mrs. pancakes had this to say (06/13/2003 13:48:27):
Wow, that passage is amazingly beautiful...
dave had this to say (06/13/2003 14:31:42):
Oh, I find there's rather a lot going on in that passage. So much. Very good.

Say, have you read Gertrude Stein? I think you would enjoy her stuff.
Arin had this to say (06/13/2003 14:41:17):
Sounds like this is a LJ version of the Friday Five ( questions posted every friday for people to explore on their blog or analog journal. As a fan of The Book of Questions and The Book of If, I *love* this stuff.
dave had this to say (06/13/2003 17:55:16):
by the way, matt, now you're supposed to invite people to ask *you* to write five questions for them.
/\/\/\/ had this to say (06/13/2003 18:16:47):
I did, Dave: It's there at the bottom of the post.
dave had this to say (06/14/2003 07:17:16):
arrgh, sorry.

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