Monday, September 10, 2007

Wisdom of the '60s

"Never pick up a girl before 1pm. If she's that beautiful, what's she doing out of bed at noon?"

James Michener (1907-1997)


A great line I happened upon while recently browsing the early chapters of Michener's novel of '60s counter-culture, The Drifters. It was the first thing of his I can remember looking at, and I was surprised at how well-written it was. Alas, like all of his things, it was a daunting great doorstop of a book - I fear I've never given him a try because his stories just exceed my attention span.

5 comments:

moonrat said...

wait, this is a little bit belated, but...

YOU DON'T KNOW WHO RICHARD BELZER IS?!

do you people not get LAW & ORDER in china?!?

Froog said...

Ha, ha! Oh, Moonrat - you satirist!

No LAW & ORDER in China? Indeed not. We don't get much Western TV either.

tulsa said...

uh, where did that "belzer" bit come from?

and froog, doorstop books can be worth a read. I've made my way through two this last month. I've not been blogging much, but i'm definitely enjoying being lost in these mega-books.

and i like the quote. it has the feel of a romantic comedy... reminds me of something I saw TCM... some great classic from the 50's of 60's. of course i can't name the name... you know i'm completely pop-culture-challenged. even if it's pop culture from the 60s.

Froog said...

BIG books scare me! I'm such a slow reader. If I'm ever going to read another one, it will be 'War & Peace'. I love Tolsoy, and it's been on my 'to do' list for 20-odd years....

Froog said...

Moonrat is a huge Belzer fan. She has recognised a spooky resemblance between him and the British novelist Ian ('Atonement') McEwan. See her blog and BookBook for details.