For The Love Of Literature

All the best titles for books have been taken. Were I ever to bestir myself from characteristic languor and indolence, leap to my intellectually challenged feet and actually exsanguinate sufficiently to write a book, I wonder what it might be called?

Here’s a synopsis. Or three.

“Nail Clippings And Other Scrapbooks”
William would like to own a dog, but is unsure which breed to buy. He also wants to meet women. Loitering in parks waiting for female passers-by with canines he feels is beneath his dignity, so he gets a job as a mobile dog-groomer. Visiting the houses of those sufficiently well-heeled to afford his services, he encounters gay pride, narcissism and nymphomania. And, that’s only the dogs.

“Fire Me. I Dare You”
If you work in an establishment where the chairman’s door is always open, fresh coffee is always available and the secretaries all have pleasingly full bosoms, you have my permission to wind a piece of electrical flex around your smug, self-satisfied neck, firmly attach it to the air-conditioner and leap from a tall building. On the other hand, if the place is managed by the guy who does the photocopying, there’s a concrete ceiling for promoted posts and you have a constant nagging headache, this book is for you. Learn how to subvert meetings with subtle but effective points of order, bury unpopular people in mindless, labyrinthine paperwork and get your immediate superior to resign on the grounds of ill-health.

“The Rock Star Librarian”
Janet is fifty-four and technically a virgin. She spends her days in the reference section of the public library, cataloguing building permits, hence is myopic with a secularised eschatology of progress. Catching the same bus every day, she encounters Hans, an exchange student half her age from Dusseldorf with whom she strikes up an unlikely eight minute conversation every morning. Hans is plausible and darkly good-looking, introduces her to the ELO and Ecstasy, via an evening at a string quartet concert. This so dislocates her personality that she takes to wearing ripped Prada jeans and develops a taste for Sambuca on the rocks. Her consequent moral decline is a powerful political statement about the perils of French lingerie and the validity of libraries in the age of Google.

Oh, where shall I start? Perhaps I might be able to weave all three themes together somehow.


3 thoughts on “For The Love Of Literature

  1. “Myopic with a secularised eschatology of progress”,and I thought I was fluent in English…
    I am afraid it will take me a great teacher and a big load of caffeine to understand that kind of concept.
    Of course the lesson will have to take place much, much earlier than 8pm…
    Nevertheless, I can't wait for you to develop these synopsis, may I suggest short stories

    I would also recommend not to mix the synopsis, not sure I (or other readers) could resist such density…


  2. Not only will the lesson “…have to take place much, much before 8pm…” it will also require a glass (or two) of chilled Pinot Grigio, preferably from Grey Monk Wineries. I will sit with Roget's Thesaurus in hand in order to decipher the sesquipedalian offerings certain to be crafted by your brilliant and erudite self.

    Short story form would be appreciated.


  3. Sesqui…whatever.. A foot and a half.. that has to be a $75 word. DM might like to bear in mind that most fictional characters are loosely based on people the author knows. And, who's Roger?


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