Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

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Microlit, reprised

In Search of Nikola Tesla, F David Peat
FDP: Nikola Tesla made a lot of bold claims that his peers dismissed as wild and unsubstantiated. After the extensive investigation to which I have just subjected you, dear reader, I have come to the astonishing conclusion that, in fact, his claims were both wild and unsubstantiated.

Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
GO: I spent three months at the Aragonese front fighting Franco's forces with a rusty Mauser. I got shot in the throat. When I returned to Barcelona I was accused of corroboration with the Fascists. Hey, can you guess where I got the idea for Animal Farm?

Anil's Ghost, Michael Ondaatje
MO: Ninety-nine point nine percent of my readers couldn't point out Sri Lanka on a map. Nevertheless, I will make them weep for my country. HA.

The Coronation of Haile Selassie, Evelyn Waugh
EW: Journalism produced hastily to meet deadlines propagates errors, and access to governmental events and affairs depends upon cronyism. Shocking, isn't it?

Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, Phillip K. Dick
PKD: In 1975, I envisioned a future in which nuclear warheads were small enough to be implanted underneath the skin of someone's wrist, but phonograph records were still used in jukeboxes.
PKD: Um…at least I know how to write convincing dialogue?
PKD: Shit, I got nothing.*

* Disclaimer: I know this looks vicious so before I get crucified, I'd like to say that I enjoyed this book immensely. However, while I think PKD had some smoking ideas, I don't think he was so hot at the execution.
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