great zings throughout history

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lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

in one of the late marx bros. movie there's a bit where chico is taking a photo and says to groucho 'just look at me and pretend to laugh'

'i've been doing that for thirty years'

thomp, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

which i presume was scripted but i like to believe it wasn't, you know.

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re: capote: the immediate context is kerouac's claim/lie that he wrote he wrote OTR in one three-day binge, i believe

thomp, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

of whom was it that gore vidal said: "a writer's writer, in much the same way a butler is sometimes called a gentleman's gentleman"? still laughing at that one tbh

thomp, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Yeah Capote was basically saying, possibly inaccurately, that Kerouac just shat it out without putting much thought or craft into it.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

sigh

thomp, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

Gore Vidal's essays consist of three dozen zings strung together.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

xp - i think it would be more accurately analysed down to "I distrust the veracity of Kerouac's claim that he wrote it in three days and, anyway, if so, this would not impact its literary value, and certainly would not impress its value upon me, as Kerouac seems to think it would"

by this point the fun of it is sort of dead, though

thomp, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Well, that's pretty much what I was saying. And I disagree that working in that way is necessarily detrimental to good art - hence my defence of phenomenological writing. Obviously, not all art created in such a way will be good, but to suggest that it is simply not writing is fallacious.

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emil.y, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:23 (1 year ago) Permalink

literary zings are usually a lil too on the nose almost as if some lonely person fuming w/professional jealousy puzzled over them in a room until they got it just right

this is confusing way of thinking to me

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

great zing lawyers throughout history

dayo, Sunday, 29 April 2012 17:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

worth posting, for those who haven't seen: http://billanddavescocktailhour.com/the-churchill-wit/

s.clover, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

I like Gore Vidal's famous one from just after Norman Mailer had decked him - "as usual, words fail him".

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

i will never understand 'too on the nose' as a criticism

'this thing is as it should be, only, too much so'

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

maybe because thats not what it means

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

i do believe its possible that you will some day understand it tho

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:26 (1 year ago) Permalink

"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised."

i've seen this quote with "vassar" instead of "the yale prom" elsewhere

madame boo berry (donna rouge), Sunday, 29 April 2012 18:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

lagoon's criticism is basically "oh yeah mr. witty person, with yr stinkin' wit, there, and your BOOKS? well I bet you have ~no social life~ lol"

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

worth posting, for those who haven't seen: http://billanddavescocktailhour.com/the-churchill-wit/

― s.clover, Sunday, April 29, 2012 2:00 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

lol

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

lagoon's criticism is basically "oh yeah mr. witty person, with yr stinkin' wit, there, and your BOOKS? well I bet you have ~no social life~ lol"

― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:47 PM (6 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is a v poor reading!

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's a v. poor reading... LOUSY BOOKS

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 29 April 2012 19:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah i thought he was just saying that 'zings' are more a product of real time communication (IRL conversation, internet etc) than written correspondence or literature

some dude, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

that and a lot of them are just 'i throw yr book out the window!' oohhhh

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

like why is nabokov pretending faulkner is some sort of horrible writer, he mad

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

i demand veracity in my zings

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

i think it's a little short-sighted to not acknowledge that there was a huge gulf of culture and context between capote and kerouac or nabakov and faulkner, just because they're all in the canon now doesn't mean one guy was a moron for not loving another, let them have their salty putdowns

some dude, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

oh they can have them

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

to be sure most literary greats were often lonely guys sitting in rooms fuming with professional jealousy, it just seems silly to knock them for that like every other zinger in this thread was a super confident rock star

some dude, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:21 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have nothing against lonely guys in rooms but the desk gangster routine is just kinda tiresome when its so clearly motivated by professional competition, i mean there are some quality zings iit but a lot of them just dont land imho

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

anyway ive clearly become that which i most despise re my initial zing scholar post, everyone plz post the zings

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

you're putting a little too much effort into summarizing ilx there bro

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some dude, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink

meta thread grubbing

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

Brummell after being snubbed by the Prince Regent : "Lol, Alvanley, who's your fat friend?"

Sébastien, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

zingin baout things

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have nothing against lonely guys in rooms but the desk gangster routine is just kinda tiresome when its so clearly motivated by professional competition

don't overlook the pleasure of unmitigated malice though.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:33 (1 year ago) Permalink

icey otm to the extent that some of these literary zings are excessively artificed, lapidary to a fault but more like a studied reduction of bile than bile itself

Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

and when it's just some deskbound bpd case like capote or a pinchfaced cocksucker like martin amis then it's just so much imaginary soirée squabbling bereft of the timing and event of the real thing

Ms Tum-Bla-Wi-Tee (nakhchivan), Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

"Pinchfaced cocksucker" is for Amis a compliment.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 April 2012 20:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

Casey Stengel had maybe the greatest accidental zing ever: "I got a kid, Greg Goosen, he's 20 years old and in ten years he's got a chance to be 30." (You'll come across a dozen slightly different versions of this.)

clemenza, Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

By calling that accidental, I'm probably buying into the caricature of Stengel as a doddering old man; he was exceptionally smart about baseball, and may have known exactly what he was saying about Goosen there.

clemenza, Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

Greatest cricket sledge zing of all time:

Glenn McGrath to Eddo Brandes: "How come you're so fucking fat?"
Brandes: "Because every time I fuck your wife she gives me a biscuit"

Touché Gödel (ledge), Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:31 (1 year ago) Permalink

Rufus T. Firefly: Not that I care, but where is your husband?"
Gloria Teasdale: Why, he's dead.
Rufus T. Firefly: I bet he's just using that as an excuse.
Gloria Teasdale: I was with him til the very end.
Rufus T. Firefly: No wonder he passed away.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

from the same scene: Don't look now, but there's one too many people in this room and I think it's you.

Mordy, Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:27 (1 year ago) Permalink

i could swear i saw a clip of capote actually saying that kerouac line, but that what he actually said was "that isn't writing, that's...just...TYPEWRITING!"

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

this isnt handwriting, its typewriting! *gets the vapors*

lag∞n, Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:35 (1 year ago) Permalink

Also, I've read a bit of Nabokov's literary criticism now, and for someone who can reach the heights he can (for which read: OMG Pale Fire is amazing) he's pretty buttoned up and conservative in his thinking...

i kinda think of nabokov's critical views as just an extension of his artistic character, no less than any of his novels -- most of his interviews have the exact same 'voice' as most of his fiction. it's funny that he claimed to hate 'death in venice,' since 'lolita' could be read as an answer to it (or a parody of it).

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

tbh i've come to feel that gore vidal's zings are probably his best and most lasting works of art. i tried picking up that huge book of his essays a while back and most of them are a slog.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

Ignore the political writing and concentrate on the lit crit (the lit crit is political too): his essays on Mencken, James, Wharton -- classic explication de text. And he deserves credit for reviving interest in Dawn Powell and James Purdy, not to mention breaking Calvino on these shores.

I'll defend Burr and Lincoln as great novels too.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

i have nothing against lonely guys in rooms but the desk gangster routine is just kinda tiresome

Really considering this for a display name.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:52 (1 year ago) Permalink

a zing of beauty doesn't need all this contextual analysis, nor does it need to be an instant riposte nor a product of bile, sometimes a zing's just a zing, here's something mean about u i thought of, lol. *telegrams churchill*. Medium's not rly that important imo.

diafiyhm (darraghmac), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:09 (1 year ago) Permalink


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