Archive for the ‘Entertaining Dialogue’ Category


Merciless Tread

August 15, 2009

“Seven guards were shortsighted enough to wind up in my way. Five were lucky enough to be knocked aside with a few broken bones. Two ended up under my feet, and their body armor cracked and their vulnerable biological bodies squished beneath my merciless tread.”

The Automatic Detective, by A. Lee Martinez


Tim Dorsey: Atomic Jellyfish

August 4, 2009

“You never want to be tied up by a obsessive compulsive person. We over-engineer everything!”

Tim Dorsey’s Serge Storms, educating two henchmen as he gift wraps them with duct tape in the incredibly educational, entertaining and culturally enlightening novel Atomic Jellyfish. Dorsey’s books are often described as a roller coaster ride of one sort or another, but the analogy is true. When you take a ride on one of his stories you never know what is happening next, which way is up and where you’re going to end up. That you learn more than ever conceived possibly about Florida history and culture is just gravy on the killing spree.

If you’re having a so-so day, the dialog will lift your spirits as the bodycount rises.

Today listening to Atomic Jellyfish in the car (I read the book a year or so ago) I learned about all sorts of great places I should have visited when living in Lauderdale. Like the Wreck Bar at the historic Yankee Clipper hotel on Lauderdale Beach. Dorsey claims that the windows behind the bar show the interior of the hotel pool. Is this true? Why didn’t I ever visit such a place? Ah well, lost opportunities.


“…Oarios! Almoazin! Arios! Membrot!”

July 20, 2009

“There was hidden meaning in the names he must call, the letters he must chant. That didn’t mean he had to approve or even be impressed by them. As he recited the Grand Conjuration, he thought that some magicians might have better served the world by writing crossword puzzles.”

From Johannes Cabal The Necromancer, by Jonathan L. Howard.


Ellen DeGeneres Commencement Speech at Tulane

May 29, 2009

Inevitable Words By Bill Fitzhugh

February 4, 2009

“Eddie was troubled. In his mind everything had gone to pieces. Nothing made sense. His emotions were all over the road, like George Jones behind the wheel of a lawn mower on his way back from the liquor store. He felt abandoned, cheated, guilty, violated., confused, remorseful, anxious, and saved, all at once. Eddie didn’t know how to deal with the emotional chaos, except with his guitar. He was scared half to death and he knew he had to find words for his confusion or it would consume him. But words wouldn’t be enough: the emotional turbulence had to be set to music. The dissonance in his mind had to be translated into melody. Minor chords seemed inevitable.”

Bill Fitzhugh, Fender Bender


Podcasts Inform, Entertain, Appall

February 1, 2009

Shuttling between the country (Illinois farmland/swampland) where a satellite TV is required if you ever hope to get a signal and my siblings’ home in St. Louis where the TV is non-cable and not ready for digital, I rely on my iTunes podcasts to keep me entertained and informed while “in the city.”

Rachel Maddowpict-rmaddow-2 is one of my favorites – even before she got her own TV show on MSNBC – and I download her podcasts from Air America every day. If you have not listened to her (or seen her on the TV machine) you would do well to check her out. Oh yes; she was featured in a recent issue of The Advocate as well.

While catching up on the week’s news after being snowbound I learned of many alarming Read the rest of this entry ?



November 20, 2008

Bob Meinz was the creator of the expression “Perfectly good word; I don’t know why people don’t use it more” which he initialized into the acronym PGWIDKWPDUIM or the simple (and much easier to remember) PGW. Bob delights in language and wordplay, sometimes bursting into Gilbert and Sullivan or similar at the gym. I think of him and the PGW whenever I use the word ‘plethora’.