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Less Ambitious First Drafts

February 4, 2011

Pride and One Isolated Incident of Mild Bigotry
Realistic Expectations
The Mediocre Ambersons
The Archbishop’s Car Comes for the Archbishop
Lady Chatterley’s Liver
Just Absalom!
The Grapes of Vague Annoyance
The Naked and the Exhausted
The Caine Eye-Rolling Accompanied by Pantomimed Jerk-Off Motion
From Here to the Next Fiscal Year
Intern Zhivago
Rabbit, Racewalk
To Kick a Mockingbird
Just Get the Roofbeam Off the Ground and Call It a Day, Carpenters
Portnoy’s Neutral Inquiry
Sophie’s Multiple Choice
Scented Candle of the Vanities
A Brief History of Mime
Brokeback Molehill
Alternate Tuesdays with Morrie

4 Comments leave one →
  1. sonnypi67 permalink
    February 4, 2011 1:08 pm

    Funny stuff, Mike.

    My favs are:

    “Just Get the Roofbeam Off the Ground and Call It a Day, Carpenters”


    “Portnoy’s Neutral Inquiry”

    I was monkeying around with 6-word stories the other day. Could work as possible post. Just throwing it out there — SPLAT!

  2. February 4, 2011 3:54 pm

    Thanks. “Portnoy’s Neutral Inquiry” kind of turns the protagonist into an Edwardian British Protestant. (I’ve been watching “Upstairs Downstairs” on DVD.) And I guess that “Alternate Tuesdays with Morrie” would logically make that book only half as long, which, hey, who would complain?

  3. February 10, 2011 5:28 pm

    I couldn’t stop laughing from the Caine Mutiny reference. That’s a great visual joke, especially since I can visualize you doing it!

    By the way, this is perfect Twitter fodder. People do stuff like this all the time using hashtags, doing takeoffs of movie titles, album names, band names, book titles and so forth. Between a long-form blog like this and some of the short-form material you could post to Twitter (and then collect back on the blog for reference), you’d get a good following.

    I crack wise on Twitter once in a while and was even mentioned live on CNN back during the recent Arizona shooting (I didn’t see it on CNN, but was told about it by a friend). I’d started some hashtag meme about headlines you’ll be seeing soon, some of which were references for my contemporaries.

    If you want to get started on Twitter, lemme know. I’ve got some tips.

    • February 10, 2011 7:16 pm

      I believe that my version of Caine, at least certain elements, can be found on Fleshbot.

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