Re: Everything is overrated except Elvis and chocolate

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Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if one of us were Tana French.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 5:49 PM
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That book was fun to read but ultimately unsatisfying. I guess that supports the OP.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:08 PM
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what


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:10 PM
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I don't get it. Wouldn't the Lexie girl's friends notice that (impostor) Lexie was acting differently? And not recognizing them and stuff? I'm confused.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:14 PM
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Sigh. It's like you've never even read The Prince and the Pauper.


Posted by: Sir Kraab | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:16 PM
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I have a confession, Kraab: I can't read.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:18 PM
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Neither can I!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:19 PM
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Can't what?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:19 PM
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Obviously, Stanely, dead-Lexie had been leading a life similar to the one that Cassie, when she went by the name "Lexie", led or pretended to lead; thus, Cassie could assume the role again with no problem.

Also, she had just been stabbed and lost a lot of blood, so some eccentricities of behavior can be explained away easily, see?


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:22 PM
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6: Sigh. It's like you've never even seen Face/Off.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:25 PM
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She and her undercover team spend a lot of time researching the real-life Lexie, reviewing home video of her, etc., before she goes in with the impersonation. It's implausible for sure, and I kept thinking that this implausible outcome would be explained in a reasonable way, but

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it never is. French's previous book, In the Woods, has a similar problem, where what seems to be a fundamental mystery (in that case, who killed Adam's friends and what happened during his lost hours in the woods) is left unresolved. Which, fine, life's greater questions often go unexplained, but that kind of verisimilitude is not what I'm after in a mystery novel.


Posted by: jms | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:34 PM
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That's exactly how her artistry undermines generic conventions.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:37 PM
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12: TOO LATE.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:39 PM
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I enjoyed them both, and will almost certainly read her latest at some point, but agree with jms's view of things.


Posted by: asilon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:42 PM
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I tried to do artistry to undermine geriatric conventions, but if you dig a hole beside a Marriott, the police come before you get deep enough.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:43 PM
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a Twilight Zone version of the blog

The blog? What blog?

Also I keep reading "Frank Mackey, Cassie's former undercover boss" as "underwear boss."


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:50 PM
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16: I think to really get this post you have to read Standpipe's blog.

I don't get this post.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 6:53 PM
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Lexie's Whitethorn House comrades are humanities graduate students who communicate almost solely by persiflage and badinage, for one thing. The house, where they go to escape from the world, was the setting of a brief, mythical golden period of comradeship and wit, to which people are always already harking back. And everyone has had group-dynamic-threatening sex with apostropher Rafe.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:05 PM
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WHAT ARE YOU DOING


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:07 PM
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You'll have to be more specific.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:08 PM
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You, Standpipe Bridgeplate. What are you doing.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:10 PM
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srsly, Standpipe. I mean, I got it. I in fact might have read other and additional things into it!


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:11 PM
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It's good to see you, by the way. Also.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:11 PM
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I'm sitting on the couch, half-listening to the World Series and putting comments in the comments.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:12 PM
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Of all the places to put one's comments.


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:12 PM
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It's the comments made the trouble: the comments, the comments, put the comments in the comments. The comments in the comments made the comments obsolete! Obsolete!


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:16 PM
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I in fact might have read other and additional things into it!

I know, but you see, it's like, let me show you my pokemons.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:17 PM
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This novel sounds like a mash-up of Laura and Shallow Grave. Two texts which did not need to be mashed-up, and which could hardly benefit from the process.


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:19 PM
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26: But you gotta know the territory!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:20 PM
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But you gotta know the territory!

Worst comment ever.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:24 PM
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My jacked live stream of the world series abruptly shifted into Spanish in the fifth inning. I'm beginning to accept that Spanish is the language of live sports streaming.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:29 PM
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putting comments in the comments

This is treading dangerously close to truly awful meme territory. Also, I think 18 signals the death of the blog.


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:31 PM
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Why can't you watch the World Series on TV? I've always suspected you of being a communist. Is that why?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:31 PM
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it's like, let me show you my pokemons

Yet that garners little more than a "Huh. Pokemons."

Huh. Is it really that bad around here? I mean, I don't say "the blog."


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:32 PM
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Also, I think 18 signals the death of the blog.

Look, the blog died a long time ago. We're just doing a plausible impersonation of it.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:33 PM
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I would argue with 18 in any case, because.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:35 PM
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This is treading dangerously close to truly awful meme territory

Hm, perhaps there are Internet traditions of which I am not aware. I'm sorry I almost… memed?


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:38 PM
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37: "Sup dawg, I heard you like comments so I put some comments in your comments so you can blog while you blog."


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:41 PM
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Leibniz -- I think it was Leibniz -- once dreamed of being able to take two parties in dispute, sit them down, and say, "Let us calculate". And then show them his pokemons.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:42 PM
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30: Well, excuse me for living!


Posted by: Natilo Paennim | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:49 PM
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essear, that's awful. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. I repent.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:49 PM
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Indeed I do not understand this pokemon business whatsoever. It's like beanie babies, right? Or ceramic fish, also the object of intense interest for some.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:50 PM
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42: Why don't you let a Pokemon in the bathroom with you?


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:54 PM
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I have no frikkin' idea. I barely know what they are.


Posted by: parsimon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:56 PM
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Because it might Pikachu.


Posted by: Stanley | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:57 PM
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OK, this is at least a little bit funny.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 7:59 PM
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Everything I know about Pokemon came from playing way too much Smash Bros in college. We couldn't really tell what they called themselves so we just went with our best guess. I remember there was one we knew as "falafel".


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:04 PM
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Does 39, following 38, imply foreknowledge of 46? Or did two consecutive comments involving the meme and Leibniz cause a Leibnizian instantiation of the meme to spring up fully-formed elsewhere on the web, "Rule 34"-like?


Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:06 PM
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I had no foreknowledge of 46. This is indeed a disturbing universe.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:09 PM
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Posted by: Josh | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:10 PM
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#45 is so stupid I laughed out loud.

I've never read anything Tana French wrote. But I like her name. It isn't as great as Galaxy Craze, but who can compete with a name like Galaxy Craze?


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:11 PM
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For those of you playing at home:

Rule 34. Producing Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Tangible Things, or Entering onto Land, for Inspection and Other Purposes

"Other Purposes" is doing a lot of work there.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:16 PM
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51: And apparently a real name. A friend was at college with her.


Posted by: oudemia | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:21 PM
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I have such a tiny-bopper crush on Tim Lincecum.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:27 PM
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But the hair!


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:28 PM
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tiny-bopper

What?


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:29 PM
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You kids and your shifting idiom.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:30 PM
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56: unlike the big bopper crush, the tiny bopper crush is very much alive.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:30 PM
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Hold me closer, tiny bopper.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:31 PM
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The hair is cute, and he just described the trophy as "shiny." Gotta appreciate the honesty.


Posted by: Parenthetical | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:33 PM
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Also, it is not allowed to have a crush on someone whose last name is a portmanteau of Linoleum and Coelacanth.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:33 PM
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Actually, never mind, it kind of is allowed, and perhaps encouraged.


Posted by: Standpipe Bridgeplate | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:34 PM
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"Tiny Bopper Crush" sounds like some sort of WWF move employed by the overcompensating wrestler.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:37 PM
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Much less someone whose last name is a portmanteau of "linoleum" and "caecum".


Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:38 PM
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What with the spandex and what I've heard about the effects of steroids, you can see why it might be needed.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 8:41 PM
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And showing Europe's understanding of baseball, the FAZ home page currently has 'Die wundersame Rückkehr der Texas Rangers'


Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 9:21 PM
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After all these years, the corporeal existence of Standpipe Bridgeplate is such a vague notion that it seems wondrous to learn that ze has a couch.


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 11- 1-10 10:20 PM
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I've actually touched standpipe bridgeplate. not, you know, touched touched, but.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 11- 2-10 12:05 AM
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I'm touching standpipe bridgeplate right now.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 11- 2-10 2:10 AM
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What is he wearing?


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 11- 2-10 2:43 AM
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Shit, it *was* teeny-bopper.


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 11- 2-10 12:38 PM
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Let me be the first to say that Elvis and chocolate are totally overrated.


Posted by: Merganser | Link to this comment | 11- 2-10 6:59 PM
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