Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Post That Will Not Be Funny at All Unless You Know How to, and Do in Fact Read

Was amusing myself with my brother by mixing and matching the titles of famous works of literature. Here are some of the results. Warning: the only thing more irritating than a nerd is a nerd who is also a pompous ass.

1) The Divine Comedy of Errors

2) Fathers and Sons and Lovers

3) The Portrait of Dorian Gray as a Young Man

4) Huckleberry Finnegan's Wake

5) Of Mice and Human Bondage

6) The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Nothingness

7) The Death of Ivan Ilych, a Salesman

8) The Screwtape Letters to a Young Poet

9) Bleak House of Mirth

10) A Farewell to Arms and the Man

11) This Side of Paradise Lost

12) The Sentimental Education of Henry Adams

13) Women in Love in the Time of Cholera

14) Lie Down in Darkness at Noon

15) House Full of Don Quixote

16) The Decline and Fall of the House of Usher

17) The Telltale Heart of Darkness

18) The Light in August That Failed

19) Fear and Trembling in Las Vegas

20) The Last Tycoon of the Mohicans


Thomas Banks said...

Realized in the place of #3, "Portrait of a Lady as a Young Man" would've been an improvement.

Lincoln Davis said...

Amusing, I must say.

Jeff Moss said...

I have a long list of combinations like these that somebody gave me, only it's in Russian.

I'll have to check and see if any of them work in translation. A lot of them depend on peculiarly Russian ways of stringing together polysyllabic compounds.

Thomas Banks said...

Jeff- good to hear from you. How's NY?

Jeff Moss said...

It was good. I just got back, and I have a lot of pictures taken from the top of the Empire State Building, the interior of the Museum of Modern Art, and elsewhere.

Jeff Moss said...

I found my list of Russian combinations/puns (not book titles like yours, just familiar words and phrases). I translated/adapted as many as I could get to work in English. Here goes...

Infrared tape

Bitter tears of joy

Graph paper napkins

A Red Square root

A trade union of soviet socialist republics

Anemic vampires

A young couple about to tie the Gordian knot

Lilliputians suffering from gigantism

Kremlin brûlée

The Four Headless Horsemen of the Apocalypse

A ten-gallon hat trick


No man is a deserted island

The orangutango

All Quiet on the Spaghetti-Western Front


A chimpanzebra

A bibliophiling cabinet

Thomas Banks said...

I especially liked the Liliputian thing.