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[Comments] (2) : Hello, weblog. I am writing in you. I just finished "Four Kinds of Cargo", my first post-novel short story, so now I feel like I can write some other stuff. The story still needs to pass the Sumana "does this plot make basic sense" test, but I'm optimistic.

Beautiful Soup work has mostly focused on trying to get easy_install to work, working around a Launchpad bug--I'm still not totally sure if it's working. Last Friday I was in Dallas for work, so tomorrow will be a BS development day.

I seem to really like writing fiction about small businesses--"Mallory", "Awesome Dinosaurs", Constellation Games, and this new story all revolve around business partnerships. I'm just doing my part to boost the economy--did you know that stories about small businesses are responsible for most of this country's stories about job growth?

I'm still reading that space-astronomy book and I'm saving up more interesting bits to tell you. I'm also reading the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography and it's awesome—he's just dictating random stories as they occur to him, and, like Groucho Marx, he's always in comedy mode. I don't think the printing of this autobiography will create many new famous Mark Twain quotes, if only because Mark Twain never said the existing "famous Mark Twain quotes". But this cubical advertisement for e-books is to me as America: the Book was to Sumana: every few minutes I'm disturbing her with some new weird kind of laugh.

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Posted by Riana at Fri Jan 28 2011 06:58

Recently I re-watched the TNG episodes with Mark Twain, which I hadn't seen since the '90s. When he's chatting with Guinan at her literary event, everybody in the room keeps laughing or going "ooh" at his every comment, like everything he says is a witty rejoinder. Yet, in fact none of what he says is particularly funny or clever. I don't know if this illustrates anything other than (1) the fragility of memory and (2) it is really hard to write lines for Mark Twain when you are not Mark Twain.

Posted by Leonard at Fri Jan 28 2011 11:31

Those scenes remind me of the Oscar Wilde sketch from Monty Python. "Very witty, Mr. Clemens, very witty."

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