October 6th, 2003

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Come Writers And Critics

Reading the Guardian's Review section over the weekend, I noticed a book entitled 'Yonder Stands Your Orphan'. This led me to wonder just how many books take their titles from Bob Dylan's lyrics, and what will happen when the supply runs out; the man is prolific, yes, but surely finite.

For those authors who have so little imagination they can't even figure out which lyrics to pinch, I've compiled a list of Dylan lines that I believe would lend themselves particularly well to this use, and what kind of books they might find themselves on the cover of.

If you have any further suggestions, or if you know of an actual book that uses one of my titles, do feel free to comment, you wiseass.

On the Chrome Horse - Cyberpunk anthology
Postcards of the Hanging - Candid, moving word-portraits of Death Row inhabitants
Among the Lumberjacks - The inside story of Monty Python
Brand New Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat - Entirely irony-free chick lit offering
Child With His Chinese Suit - Bittersweet tale of immigrant childhood
Vandals Took The Handles - A lighthearted look at toilet-related petty crime
A Thousand Telephones That Don't Ring - Essays on 9/11
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Sure they're interesting, but does LiveJournal PAY you to fill in those surveys?

I am used to consumer review site Ciao's incredibly dull paid surveys, but tonight's brought things to a new low:

Which statement best describes your role in purchasing toothbrushes?

Sadly 'Chief Oral Hygiene Facilitator' was not an option.

It all looks innocent so far, but a few questions in we find:

How often do you brush your teeth?
  • More than three times a day
  • Three times a day
  • Twice a day
  • Once a day
  • Less than once a day
Aaah. Light dawns. They want to find out if I'm an obsessive-compulsive!

It's only a pity that it was a multiple-choice setup rather than a free text box, so I couldn't put in something faintly disturbing like 'I name all my toothbrushes. Currently I'm using Martha.'

I get two quid in my account for answering five minutes' worth of this mindless drivel, and it's hard-won I tell you.

If anyone would like to join Ciao and get a penny a read for their Grate Thorts on confectionery, shampoo or computer games, please use this referral link and make me very happy. It's not as bad as it looks; I got a tenner for my review of Demon's broadband service last month, though such glittering prizes are rare.
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