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Castro Photos, Funny Pictures & Late-Night-TV Zingers

by Strange de Jim

January 2008


(No Castro Photos this month.)

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Late-Night-TV Zingers

(I took most of January off.)

Jan. 2, 2008: (1st after writer's strike) Craig Ferguson: "I remember the big British dentists' strike of 1979. It's still going on."

1/3/08: Dave Letterman (who now has a beard): "I'm the only host with facial hair, if you don't count the cast of The View."

1/7/08: Jon Stewart: "It was the Writer's Guild of Americas vs. The Motion Picture and Television Producers of America, or NAMBLA."

1/11/08: Joel McHale on The Soup re Britney avoiding the paps by leaving the hospital through a tunnel: "She's the Harriet Tubman of bi-polar lip-synchers."


The Judgment of Caesar by Steven Saylor, A Novel of Ancient Rome, St. Martin's Minotaur

Gordianus the Finder takes his critically ill wife Bethesda back to Egypt to bathe in the sacred waters of the Nile. He's about to be executed by his old enemy Pompey when Pompey is assassinated by aides of Ptolemy. Gordianus ends up with Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, etc. An excellent tale, perhaps the best of the Gordianus series.



What's So Funny? by Donald E. Westlake

Dortmunder and crew are blackmailed into stealing a long-lost gold jewel-studded chess set. Complications ensue. Quotes below.

Page 19 - Seen up close, Mr. Hemlow was seven or eight different kinds of mess.

"Now was I," Mr. Hemlow said, and gargled out something that was either a laugh or a death rattle, though probably a laugh, because he went on living.

25 - "Johnny Mnemonic," suggested Mr. Hemlow, a man who probably didn't so much go to look at movies as have movies come to look at him.

32 - Dortmunder had had dealings with lawyers once or twice in his life, but they mostly hadn't come with the word "prestigious" attached.

37 - "You're showing your age, John." "Yeah? That's good. Usually I show twice my age."

43 - The walls, a soothing dusty green, were mostly covered with big swirling pieces of abstract art in non-startling colors, so you could feel you were hip without having to do anything about it.

87 - ... Tiny Bulcher being J.C.'s roommate, a pairing that seemed to those who knew them to have been made, if not in Heaven, possibly in Marvel Comics.

146 - "Gentlemen," Mr. Hemlow spat. Dortmunder hadn't known you could spit a word like "gentlemen," but Mr. Hemlow made it sound easy.

237 - Andy Kelp came home from the department store wearing three suits and two coats. It wasn't really that cold out, but it was still better to wear them than to pay for them.

241 - The area is still called the Meatpacking District, though it's been more than half a century since the elevated coal-burning trains from the west came down the left fringe of Manhattan to the slaughterhouses here, towing many cattle cars filled with loud complaint. After the trains were no more, some cows continued to come down by truck, but their heart wasn't in it, and gradually almost an entire industry shriveled away into history.

278 - A band consisting mostly of amplifiers scared away the demons at the far end of the room, pumping out music one certainly hoped would not turn out to be memorable.

317 - The corridors were too narrow to walk two abreast, though people meeting could squeeze past one another. The occasional pregnancy among the staffers was usually blamed on the corridors.

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