Tuesday, November 03, 2009

X and Y

The one-track mind of Ivy Compton-Burnett.


  1. I love seeing all those lined up together like that!

    Thinking back on the Compton-Burnett I've read, though, I start to wonder whether her books might suffer from the same problem that bedevils Ross Macdonald's books: the titles don't give you enough information to remember which book is which years later!

  2. She's like Journey or something!

  3. My high school English teacher, when he cottoned on I was ready for more than the state-mandated English curriculum offered, insisted upon Ivy Compton-Burnett. Manservant and Maidservant was the one. I don't think I've heard her name mentioned between then and now, so many thanks!

  4. 1. It's really a two-track mind. Track 1 is e.g. "daughters and sons," for which alliteration is optional; Track 2 is e.g. "a house and _its_ head," for which alliteration is almost mandatory.

    2. This makes it pretty easy to spoof ICB.

    A Splash and its Splotch
    Viruses and Vicissitudes
    The Eggman and the Walrus
    A Great-aunt and her Grievances
    A Topography and its Tortoises

    3. I'm really amazed that the editors let some of these titles pass. "A Heritage and its History" is egregiously bad for a "family saga of dark, unbridled passions."

  5. Сборник Мультфильмов - мультфильм Не Хочу в Школу! (1965-1985)
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