Did he really say that?

The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes = GEORGE CARLIN...Stained glass, engraved glass, frosted glass–give me plain glass = JOHN FOWLES...Music is the mathematics of the gods = PYTHAGORAS...Nothing is more fluid than language = R.L.SWIHART

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Prehistoric Blog

Once upon a time, "blog" was a sound associated with the evacuation of the contents in a person's stomach. If lucky, the person was within upchucking distance of a toilet.

Once upon a time, "share" was a prompt for the cliche share and share alike.
And privacy was paramount.
People, with pen or pencil, recorded their most private thoughts and ideas
in diaries or journals. Intended for no eyes but their own.

Sometimes, the ideas were intended as springboards in whatever field of endeavor
the writer was engaged.
If the writer was a famous person, the public would clamor for access to these
diaries and journals.

Collections of written scraps are also known as notebooks.

If the writer is famous for being a writer, the notebook
is a free pass to the inner sanctum of the creative process.

Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter.

In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression...His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime (though an eighth in progress at his death was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been realized into motion pictures, some several times. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March 26, 1959, in La Jolla, California.

Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett's Sam Spade, is considered by some to be synonymous with "private detective," both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe.

Some of Chandler's novels are considered to be important literary works, and three are often considered to be masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as "arguably the first book since Hammett's The Glass Key, published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant...

Privacy was put in a hearse
When they created the Youniverse
When the mythematicians
Proved it true:
The center
Of the universe
Is You

Blogger's Note
YOUNIVERSE is the copyrighted property of the Lewis Carroll School of Logic.
The same is true for the following quote:
"Complete undivided attention died the day texting was born."
But usage can be negotiated...

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