January 29th, 2011 / 6:01 pm

4 lightstands, nightstands, washstands hurtling past

14. Literary profiling. The books you ‘like’ on Facebook. Do you ever go vexatious on what books populate your most obvious bookcase? Like maybe you’re having a Superbowl party at the house and what books will the visitors eyeball? Ever left a book out on your desk/table/car floor with intent? Come on, do tongue. Like Play it Again, Sam and the track and field medal. To be petty is to be human.

2. McCain aide outed as “anonymous” O author? I wonder what vice-presidential nominee he is describing here, The Barracuda:

thick hair piled up high, chin out, defiant, taunting, flaunting that whole lusty librarian thing, sweet and savory, mother and predator, alluring and dangerous…

Kyle’s summer reading

99. Holy shit Truman Capote’s house is selling at a bargain price! Discount, discount, and with 7.5 bathrooms. Now if I can only hustle a few more chapbooks…

4. The 10 greatest child geniuses in literature. What?! Hal Incandenza only gets 2nd place? And they left off Ignatius Jacques Reilly, Dolores (AKA: Dolly, Lolita, Lola, Lo and L),  and that daughter from Stories in the Worst Way. Man.


  1. Trey

      I admit to both stacking my bookshelf with an eye toward visitors and to leaving books out on tables, desk deliberately. I’m only human :(

  2. Robyn

      Just wondering about the idea of Lolita as a child genius. Her grades are poor, and Humbert describes her to be a “most exasperating brat” and “a disgustingly conventional little girl” who prefers movie magazines to novels (148). He attempts to reform her attitude with threats of French and Latin study, which to her mind is the worst punishment. Of course, Humbert’s opinion is unreliable, but I don’t see much evidence within the novel that contradicts his assessment of Lolita’s intellect.

  3. shaun gannon

      I don’t think Ignatius Reilly is eligible – it’s greatest child geniuses, not manchild geniuses

  4. Adrian

      Child geniuses? This is bogus. Where the hell is Edwin Mullhouse?

  5. reynard

      is that a slush cake?

  6. nicolas

      Tre Warner didnt make the list?

  7. Sean

      A genius of the thorn.

  8. Anonymous

      that pic of you with spandex jeans and dirty ked’s is 100x worse than furtively ostentatious book display