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"These stories are 100 percent fiction. Some of them project the names of "real" public figures onto made-up characters in made-up circumstances. Where the names of corporate, media, or political figures are used here, these names are meant only to denote figures, images, the stuff of collective dreams; they do not denote, or pretend to private information about, actual 3-D persons, living, dead, or otherwise."

Joe

/I'll give you a clue: he acknowledges support from The Mr and Mrs Wallace Fund for Aimless Children.

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Given that this is a question, should someone post the answer, shouldn't this be in "Answers" instead of General Discussion?

Darn it!  I just asked a question thus anyone replying to me should really force this into "Answers" too.

:matte-motes-confused:

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Perrie Juran wrote:

Are you testing our google-fu?

Quotes of that size make it something most grannys could do, eh?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girl_with_Curious_Hair

 

GIRL WITH CURIOUS HAIR

These stories are 100 percent fiction. Some of them project the

names of "real" public figures onto made-up characters in made-up

circumstances. Where the names of corporate, media, or political

figures are used here, those names are meant only to denote figures,

images, the stuff of collective dreams; they do not denote, or pretend to

private information about, actual 3-D persons, living, dead, or

otherwise.

 

Part of "Little Expressionless Animals" makes use of the third stanza

of John Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror" from John Ashbery's

Selected Poems (Viking Press, 1985, pp. 192-193).

 

Parts of "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way" are written

in the margins of John Barth's "Lost in the Funhouse" and Cynthia Ozick's

"Usurpation (Other People's Stories)"; p. 294 of "Westward" contains the

first seven lines of "Usurpation," from Cynthia Ozick's Bloodshed and

Three Novellas (Afred A. Knopf, 1976, p. 132).

 

Acknowledgment is made to the following publications in which some

of the stories in this book originally appeared: "Little Expressionless

Animals" in the Paris Review; "Lyndon" in Arrival; "Here and There" in

Fiction; "John Billy" in Conjunctions; "My Appearance" in Playboy under

the title "Late Night"; "Say Never" in the Florida Review; "Everything Is

Green" in Puerto de Sol and Harper's.

 

Copyright © 1989 by David Foster Wallace

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Sassy Romano wrote:

Given that this is a question, should someone post the answer, shouldn't this be in "Answers" instead of General Discussion?

Darn it!  I just asked a question thus anyone replying to me should really force this into "Answers" too.

:matte-motes-confused:

It's not a question. It's a poll.

Joe

/I wanted to assess two things.

//The ability of participants to be able to respond accurately

///And the status of their literary enlightenment.

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JoeKingleigh wrote:

May I point out that I didn't ask if you could
find out
who said it. That is a trivial Google task.

Joe

/I asked if you
knew
.

//Would you all like to start again?

But then shouldn't the correct question have been, "Did you know who said this?"

Because now I do know.

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Perrie Juran wrote:


JoeKingleigh wrote:

May I point out that I didn't ask if you could
find out
who said it. That is a trivial Google task.

Joe

/I asked if you
knew
.

//Would you all like to start again?

But then shouldn't the correct question have been, "Did you know who said this?"

Because now I do know.

I'll take that as a no, then.

Joe

/I take great care with tense.

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Dresden wrote:

I had no idea who said any of that, but I'm pretty sure they must have been speaking of the Bible when they said it.

...Dres  (Am I right?...and, if so, do I get a prize?)

Good guess, Dres, but it is actually one of the oeuvres of Leehere's most favourite authors.

Joe

/You can have a prize anyway.

//What would you like?

///Or should I start a thread on what people would like to win?

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JoeKingleigh wrote:

 

It's not a question. It's a poll.

Joe

/I wanted to assess two things.

//The ability of participants to be able to respond accurately

///And the status of their literary enlightenment.

Nope, it's a question, has all the attributes of a question.

Were it a poll, then highly accurate answers would be as simple as "yes" or "no" and you cannot determine the outcome of their literary enlightenment from that alone, as such since you cannot determine the second of your assessed attributes, the assessment is invalid.

Even accurate responses cannot be determined since you would not know their literary enlightenment and therefore would not be able to validate their response to your poll if they were polled with valid and accurate yes/no outcomes.

It's a question and you need qualified answers from which to assess the outcome.

Just saying :)

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JoeKingleigh wrote:


Perrie Juran wrote:


JoeKingleigh wrote:

May I point out that I didn't ask if you could
find out
who said it. That is a trivial Google task.

Joe

/I asked if you
knew
.

//Would you all like to start again?

But then shouldn't the correct question have been, "Did you know who said this?"

Because now I do know.

I'll take that as a no, then.

Joe

/I take great care with tense.

When I read the question I did not know.

But when I answered it I did know.

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