Tuesday, 6 January 2009

best lines

For so very different reasons.

From Neil Gaiman, in The Graveyard Book (which you can hear him read aloud in full online at www.mousecircus.com)

‘At the best of times his face was unreadable. Now his face was a book written in a language long forgotten, in an alphabet unimagined.’

And then from Radio 2’s Mike Harding, about everyone bemoaning how The Folk Scene got too Professional and It’s A Shame:

‘Yes, I know it was a lot better when we all sang in folk clubs for nothing and knitted our own concertinas from recycled policeman's bicycles…’

Best lines you’ve read/ heard lately?


Doublebanker said...

Heard this in a meeting today...

"Like being down a shit creek without a shit paddle"

Allison Fairbairn said...

I'm sorry, how could I post anything after the concertina quote? That is unbelievably awesome, and it makes me wish I still went to folk music conferences so I could break it out around the continental breakfast spreads.

Amber said...

Pants, I'm sorry: folk music "conferences"? See also Real Ale "conferences"?
And you expect ethnomusicologists to be taken seriously. Let's call 'a piss-up and a singaround' a spade, shall we?

Allison Fairbairn said...

They are an odd an uncomfortable mix of academics and old-skool folkies.

For me they were more sociological studies than anything. Like, these people actually exist in real life? Old people who wear hemp clothing and tie themselves to things in protest and debate versions of Broadside ballads and feel threatened by academics. Bizarro.

Amber said...

When worlds collide: Will we build a cabin in the valley far from the land of tyranny, dance to Tom Paine's bones, bid farewell to Van Diemen's Land...or load a teaspoon more jam on this continental breakfast buffet croissant?