Complete Muppetry

Over on Scott Pack’s blog, Scott makes a con­fes­sion or two about aspects of our glor­i­ous cul­ture of which he is glor­i­ously ignor­ant. He invites oth­er blog­gers to do the same, so here goes.

Classic authors I’ve never read and feel terrible about (and may have misspelled)

Christopher Marlowe, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, Anthony Trollope, H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, Kingsley Amis, Valdimir Nabokov, Luis le Borges, Katsuo Ishiguro, Peter Carey, David Eggers, Zadie Smith and Leo Tolstoy.

While we’re on the subject

OK, so this one has noth­ing to do with lit­er­at­ure, but my know­ledge of bird spe­cies — and Eureopean flora and fauna in gen­er­al — is equal to my know­ledge quark hop­ping in the sub­atom­ic realm. When I see a bird, I typ­ic­ally clas­si­fy it as a bird, to the amuse­ment of my girl­friend.

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Author: Ian Hocking

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9 thoughts on “Complete Muppetry”

  1. The Author Who’d Never Read Dickens. I’m deeply impressed by that. It’s like someone who’s nev­er listened to the Beatles.

  2. I wish I had nev­er read Woolfe so that I could read her for the first time again. But I am amazed about Dickens. I thought every­one had at least read “A Christmas Carol”! I read that book every year at this time to get myself in the Christmas mood.

  3. Thanks, Tim. Two con­fes­sions: I’m a Beatles fan, and I’ve just real­ised that we read Great Expectations dur­ing GCSE English, so I’ve read Dickens after all (but only that one…)

  4. You know, I’m just going to come out and say it… I think the Beatles are over­rated.

    Don’t get me wrong. I was a huge fan until a couple of years ago. Then I got into the radio busi­ness and got their songs played in my ear all the time (damned repet­it­ive com­mer­cial radio.)

  5. I think every­one goes through a Beatles stage — I went through mine in col­lege, and prob­ably played the songs too much. Now they sound a bit banal because I’ve heard them a bil­lion times each…

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