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A Man Who Has Nothing In Particular To Recommend Him Discusses All Sorts of Subjects at Random as Though He Knew Everything

Mrs. Mamet Captures The Essence Of The Thing



Show, don’t tell. Dem’s the rules. Alone in the big city, with a happy, somewhat wistful hope to be together soon. The song will do the work for you if you let it.

Always hated the Beach Men. I was forced to play “Surfin’ USA” about eleventy hundred times. No matter.

11 Responses

  1. Ther seems to be a surfeit of pleasant young ladies strumming and singing nowadays, a bit cloying but better than most contemporary audio abominations.

  2. Recently, I forget where, the etymology of nice was brought to my attention. It's gone through a great many permutations over the centuries. On the one hand, nice actually means "stupid.

    Seems to me this song brings it back around to its original meaning, which in a way could be construed as innocent; only here, the innocence called to mind is not necessarily that of the newborn, but of the eternal.

    Wouldn't it be nice if we were Older…

    Yes. Yes, it would.

  3. That's nice.

    Actually, her phrasing is annoying. But that's because I have heard the original, sung by the writer. That boy could sing.

  4. I once read somewhere that it was difficult to translate "Beach Boys" into Russian, so they were called "The Boys Who Spend Time at the Seashore."

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