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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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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