It's party season! And dinner season! And lunch with friends season! So Marianne and I have been going to events pretty much every day and enjoying them all. I won't bore you with the details, other than to say that shown above is literary superstar John Kessel, who generously allowed me to wear his fez. Alcohol may well have been involved.
So happy party days to us all. Which is all I have to say, except: Good Lord, look at John and me -- we're neither of us anybody whom anybody would trust with anything.
And, just because this is America . . .
Let us never forget that peculiar American genius not for art or science or literature (since other nations have been known to do these things well too) but for the misappropriation of categories. As witness the brilliant accomplishment documented in the following video. Enjoy!
Larry Niven has to see that.
I'm sure that Niven has already foreseen it.
Does John Kessel have a nametag that reads "Turhan Bey"?
Yes, he does. The hosts thoughtfully provided name tags because they'd mingled three distinct populations of friends, and the writers promptly subverted the process.
Mine read CHUN THE UNAVOIDABLE. Five points for whoever can get the reference.
I'm guessing Mr. Kessel won the cosplay contest that night, unless you wore a cape covered in eyeballs to the party.
Just for that, I will make up a name tag that reads LOYAL TO THE GROUP OF SEVENTEEN.
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