September 15th, 2006

baby

Randomicity

Thanks for all the cheering on LB25.

I suppose these items ought to be on separate entries so that comments can remain neatly ordered, but what the hell:

I found -- or rather did not find -- something finally that Google cannot locate, that perhaps doesn't exist on the net.  I searched for Treasure Chest, the Catholic comic book distributed free --I think it was free, maybe we were actually made to pay for it -- in the fifties and sixties.  There IS a fine site  -- http://www.authentichistory.com/images/1960s/treasure_chest/godless_communism.html --where you canread a really outrageous anti-Communist story (American Catholics bought heavily into anti-Communist hysteria) -- so I guess that's good -- but what about Chuck White, who played football at St. Polycarp (!) for years, and then went to a Catholic college (he was one of the cartoon people who actually got older) andon to appearing at last in a white suit at a Latin American congress (obviously having been recruited by the CIA, like a lot of football-playing Catholic good guys, though the comic didn't say so.  But I can't find the other features, like Frumson Wooters, "The Champ", a ludicrously fat kid who nevertheless triumphs over the bad guys, or the saint stories.

Not long ago in the TLS a question was raised about metafiction old and new, and books in which characters read novels that have the same title as the book they are in -- or books that are the same books, not just the same titles, i.e. have the same cahracters within them (and so on presumably endlessly).  Don Quixote got mentioned -- the Don in Part II reads or at least hears about Part I -- and Ellery Queen, where the Saint reads mysteries abut the Saint.  But I thought this crowd could think of a bunch -- I don't know if my own qualifies, though Aegypt is about a guy who is not only reading but also writing a book with that title.

About writing -- I never meant to start a colloquy about how to write -- I was thinking more of how people actually do physically write.  The strangest instance to me being Ronald Firbank, who apparently filled notebooks with remarks and snatches of dialogue and odd lines, and then to write the book cut up the notebooks and pasted the bits together.  I guess there must be digitallly based writers now doing just that...

TK by they way (or BTW) stands for "to come".  For some reason it's the marker that Time Magazine uses or used meaning "I don't know the name of this guy/place where this happened; fact to come".  Nobody knows why TK.  Similar meaningless acronym:  in movies scenes shot without sound are called MOS.