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And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight.
July 17, 2013 5:56 AM   Subscribe

Everyone knows that this book isn't real. What this Goodreads entry presupposes is...
posted by Legomancer (24 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm confused.
posted by josher71 at 5:58 AM on July 17, 2013 [3 favorites]


It's a reference to the movie The Royal Tenenbaums. See here.
posted by zombieflanders at 5:59 AM on July 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


Ah. Thanks. It's been a long time since I've seen that movie.
posted by josher71 at 6:02 AM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Nah, this book is totally real. My copy's pretty tattered, though... pages stained with Big Kahuna Burger sauce and cover all wavy from when I accidentally spilled some Slusho on it.
posted by infinitewindow at 6:09 AM on July 17, 2013 [5 favorites]


Ah, we quote this line around the house a lot. Cute. Thanks.
posted by Miko at 6:18 AM on July 17, 2013


I guess this only works if you've seen the movie, then.
posted by Curious Artificer at 6:34 AM on July 17, 2013


I've seen the movie and I was still confused. I frequently am. I find gin helps.
posted by arcticseal at 6:37 AM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I guess this only works if you've seen the movie, then.

And remember this part, which I didn't/don't.
posted by josher71 at 6:38 AM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


I lived with a couple creative writing students right after this movie came out, and Eli Cash was like those guys' patron saint. It was mostly a joke, but only mostly. "The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket" is a damn pretty sentence.
posted by Now there are two. There are two _______. at 6:44 AM on July 17, 2013 [2 favorites]


I didn't like the weird tacked-on romantic subplot involving Custer's best friend's adopted sister.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:48 AM on July 17, 2013 [8 favorites]


"The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket" is a damn pretty sentence.

Meh. Too much the.
posted by Sys Rq at 7:30 AM on July 17, 2013


Unfortunately I could not find any reviews for The Grasshopper Lies Heavy.
posted by whir at 7:41 AM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Eli Cash is the James Joyce of the West.
posted by Cash4Lead at 8:11 AM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


This is my favorite movie of all time; I can recite much of it from memory. My heart truly skipped a beat when I saw friscalating in an FPP title. So good.
I'll probably ask for the hand of the next man who can correctly identify and complete the reference ("...maybe he didn't?") -- Eli Cash is such a delightfully and heart-rendingly tragic character.

"Do you send my mother your clippings and your grades from college?"
    "Please stop belittling me."
posted by divined by radio at 8:43 AM on July 17, 2013 [6 favorites]


Why would a review make the point of saying someone's not a genius?
posted by RobotHero at 8:55 AM on July 17, 2013 [9 favorites]


Why would a review make the point of saying someone's not a genius?

Well, I just don't use that word lightly.
posted by like_a_friend at 9:02 AM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jeez hasn't everyone read Wildcat? It's like a million times better. Way less pretentious. It's shame he won't even acknowledge its existence.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:32 AM on July 17, 2013


Is it just me, or does this look like leftover viral marketing for Bioshock Infinite that didn't catch on?
posted by fifthrider at 10:58 AM on July 17, 2013


"Do you think I'm especially not a genius?"
[signs autograph]
"I don't... You didn't even need to think about it, did you?"


I quote this line more often than I'd like to admit.
posted by elmer benson at 12:31 PM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Signs autograph without looking at the page.

What'd you say? Hmm? I didn't say anything. When? Right now? I'm sorry, don't listen to me. I'm on mescaline. I've been spaced out all day.
posted by spock at 1:31 PM on July 17, 2013 [1 favorite]


Did you say you're on mescaline?
posted by divined by radio at 1:38 PM on July 17, 2013


Indeed I did. Very much so.
posted by like_a_friend at 2:02 PM on July 17, 2013


Tuhtankhamun.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 4:28 PM on July 17, 2013


I used to have a copy but I lost it at a performance of The King in Yellow.
posted by 23 at 6:34 PM on July 17, 2013


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