The Books of My Numberless Dreams

Important things first

Posted on: May 20, 2007

Your Score: Katharine Hepburn

You scored 21% grit, 19% wit, 57% flair, and 19% class!

You are the fabulously quirky and independent woman of character. You go your own way, follow your own drummer, take your own lead. You stand head and shoulders next to your partner, but you are perfectly willing and able to stand alone. Others might be more classically beautiful or conventionally woman-like, but you possess a more fundamental common sense and off-kilter charm, making interesting men fall at your feet. You can pick them up or leave them there as you see fit. You share the screen with the likes of Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, thinking men who like strong women.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you’d make by taking the
Classic Leading Man Test.

Link: The Classic Dames Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I found this at Shaken & Stirred.


Did you have fun? There’s more! A Mr. Richard Schickel labours under the impression that Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve is a name much bandied about among the literati. Now Mr Schickel was a Guggenheim fellow so I’m going to assume that he didn’t reach for an undergrad text in order to pull out a fancy name. But I hope he pardons my scepticism at the notion that merely being in print indicates any sort of rarefied literary insight. Isn’t his piece a perfect example of a reputable newspaper, that published a no doubt carefully edited article that conveyed absolutely nothing worthwhile, except for how wonderfully concentrating print is? (He and Shannon Byrne would get along swimmingly.)

I’m assuming Reader Response literary theory gives him the vapours, if not a full-blown panic attack.

UPDATE: Dan Green enquires as to whether attendance at Hollywood cocktail parties gains one entrance into Mr. Shickel’s exclusive coterie. Steve Mitchelmore and I have mentioned Sainte-Beuve so I think we’re in. 😉 (Although I daresay Mitchelmore has the edge: his work has been printed in the TLS.)

4 Responses to "Important things first"

I’m pretty sure people like Schickel spend very little — very little — time reading book blogs …

Dammit, I’ve mentioned CAS-B too… but used an antique Anglo rendering of His name… There’s at least one blogger claiming to have rocked the Casbah with dear old Chucky’s corpse.

Why the expletive-deleted didn’t Herr Schickelgruber do a blog search first?! Praps he knows not how! Heh.

Dorothy I’m guessing he’s spent zero time. Which makes the vitriol even more inexplicable.

Chris Boyd oh I don’t know if Anglicised name dropping counts, but perhaps he’ll let that slide by. But I will say that ever since that article, I’ve been getting hits from people popping that name into blog search engines.

[…] a Mr. Richard Schiller, and I got some cheap amusement from imagining this was the sort of thing Richard Shickel would praise the print literati for […]

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