The Rage of Man and Beast

Beowulf
Unknown, trans. by David Wright

As a good example of a Myers-Briggs NTP, I’m forever conceiving grand projects, the greatest number of which fail to come to fruition.

Close readers will note my attempt to sidestep the responsibilities of agency through use of the passive voice. I suppose that makes me a sometimes scoundrel. This Continue reading

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And the Women Wicky-Wacky Woo

Very Good, Jeeves
P.G. Wodehouse

“Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky-wacky
woo”

VeryGoodJeevesThat bit of doggerel is the chorus of a hit song from 1928 penned by Harry Warren and Mort Dixon. It’s good to know that despite Dylan, not to mention Gershwin, Hart and Mercer,  there’s been almost no progress made in the lyrical sophistication required of a hit.

That’s a long-winded way to get to today’s subject, a collection of tales featuring the only man in literature to embrace such a tune. (Although it really is a great song if you like the 32-bar  form. I recommend the Quintette of the Hot Club of France version with the Continue reading