Karen emailed to say, “PT Barnum said ‘there’s a sucker born every minute,’ H.L. Mencken said the thing about underestimating the American public.” The quote I misattributed to Barnum is “No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. It was in response to something in the Comments and I’d link back but–oh, hell, it’s in there somewhere. You don’t really care, do you? She went on to say, “Anyway, both quotes are applicable to the Trump situation.” She signed her email, “Karen, who just blogged that John Gardner wrote a book calledThe Art of the Novel, when it’s actually The Art of Fiction (and a reader helpfully pointed that out).”
I should’ve known better than to try to attribute that (or any other) quote. I can quote lots of people on lots of subjects but always get in trouble when I claim to know who said whatever I just quoted. When I worked as an editor, I must’ve seen “kill your darlings” attributed to five different writers, so I gather it’s not just my problem. The only one of the five I remember was T.S. Elliot, not because necessarily because he’s the one who actually said it but because I had a high school teacher who called him T.S. Undergarment, so his name kind of jumps out anytime I read or hear it.
1, Ice Badger sent a link that just has to break out of the comments section. Somewhere in it you’ll find Poldark on mopeds. And—well, I shouldn’ve spoil all the fun. The BBC will never be the same. Go take a look. Now.
2, If you want to hear a Cornish accent (and some of you clearly do), Beat Company sent a link to a recording. If you want to check out his blog, know that it’s is in both German and English. If you can’t manage the German (and no, I can’t either), keep looking and you’ll find something you can read.
I’m assuming that if you’re here you read English.