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“Moby Dick”
Herman Melville

“Call me  the whale guy   a hansom cab   Steve   Ishmael.”

“The Old Man and the Sea”
Ernest Hemingway

“He was an old man who   smelled like garlic   played the harmonica   fished alone in a  bathtub    dinner jacket   skiff in the Gulfstream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a   nap   bath   dump   fish.”  (Note to self: My agent will hate this. The hell with him. He’s a wimp)

“Trees”
Joyce Kilmer

“I think that I shall never see/ A   sandwich    rhyming bunch of words  poem as lovely as a  woman’s breasts   bush  ficus   pea  flea  tree.”  (Note to self: Do I really want to write about a tree? Why not a duck? What rhymes with duck?)

“The Trial”
Franz Kafka

“Someone must have slandered   Joey Jay Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything  truly embarrassing  wrong, he was handcuffed to a radiator  arrested for mooning a fishmonger.”   (Note: This will never sell.)

“Mrs. Dalloway”
Virginia Woolf

“Mrs. Dalloway said she would   swipe   strip for  buy the  chafing dish  sled   cookies  flowers herself.”

“The Bell Jar”
Sylvia Plath

“It was a clear, sultry summer, the summer they   plugged in  fried  electrocuted the  toaster oven  washer dryer  Rosenbergs and I didn’t know what I was doing in  my kitchen  my tutu   Cleveland  New York.”

“The Great Gatsby”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my  dry cleaner father gave me some   crackers   oatmeal   dumb platitudes  advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since   Zelda stopped drinking   my hamster died.”

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  •  This could be a very fun topic for me (0+ / 0-)

    as authorial editing and revisions was one of my interests in college (I could fill up a diary here on simply Shakespearean ones).

    Let's work with T.S. Eliot, though and the epigraph that began The Wasteland:

    "Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision,—he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath—

    "'The horror! The horror!'"
    -CONRAD. (I)

    “Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi
    in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent:Σιβυλλα
    τι θελεις; respondebat illa:αποθανειν θελω.”

    translated

    I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl at Cumae hanging in a cage, and when the boys said to her: “Sibyl, what do you want?” she answered: “I want to die.”
    Petronius, Satyricon

    T.S. Eliot

    The Wasteland

  •  I remember having to read... (1+ / 0-)
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    DaveDC

    "The Old Man and the Sea" in high school and not liking it much.

    Had the opening sentence, however, read, "He was an old man who smelled like garlic, fished alone in a dinner jacket in the Gulfstream, and he had gone 84 days without taking a nap," well, that certainly would have held my interest.

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 10:46:32 AM PST

  •  I assume these are all complete fiction n/t (0+ / 0-)

    No one who supported the Rosenbergs would have first written "toaster" when talking about their execution.

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