Saturday, December 04, 2010

prelude to a quaalude

Well, i've thought up a good title but seem to be having trouble coming up with any content. Remember that scene in Prick Up Your Ears where the writer's boyfriend is mad because the writer wont take him to an awards ceremony:

Kenneth Halliwell: I just want to go to the awards! I could! Look, "Joe Orton and guest." I'd behave. I wouldn't say a word, I promise.
Joe Orton: No.
Kenneth Halliwell: Why?
Joe Orton: Because it's for me. I wrote it.
Kenneth Halliwell: I gave you the title.
Joe Orton: Okay, so when they have awards for titles, you can go to that.

Here r more PRICK great quotes for u to memorize like ol' ACC does.
It's not like i try to memorize things, it just kind of happens. My specialties... movie dialog ("Why rob a bank when you've got a sucker for a mother?") and tv commercials ("Shame on you Mr. Ballantine. There's no magic to staying in shape, all u need is a Dyna-Gym."), song lyrics and phone numbers, and what someone said 20 years ago. Or 10 years ago. Like when Dean Wareham was working on his book Black Postcards, he called me to remind him which word it was that he and Sean had gotten into a fight about. They had been playing Scrabble on the bus and Sean used the letters T-O-F-U-S, claiming it was the plural of 'tofu', which had infuriated Dean.
For a long time i kept track in tiny little notebooks of things ppl would say. My old next-door neighbor Mrs Doyle (R.I.P) once said "The inside of my mouth feels like a dirty birdcage." But i dont keep track like that these days since i'm preferring to sing other ppl's songs rather than write my own.
Back when i was a kid, the grown-ups figured out they had to be careful of what they said around me because i would repeat it back. Probably at inopportune moments. So if i walked in they would say "the walls have ears."


Anonymous said...

i remember your mom, Mrs Smith i recall?

mike gellings said...

I remember mrs Smith also!

carlos tropicana said...

this movie was monumental--to me.