The American Book Reviews 100 best last lines from novels opened the discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass today.
Some lines and phrases were familiar although I hadn’t read the books, for example:
‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’ –Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
“Vaya con Dios, my darklin’, and remember: vote early and vote often, don’t take any wooden nickels, and”—by now I was rolling about helplessly on the spare-room floor, scrunched up around my throbbing pain and bawling like a baby—“always leave ’em laughin’ as you say good-bye!” –Robert Coover, The Public Burning (1977).
And at 77:
“Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” –Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (1936)
Was she the first to use the phrase tomorrow is another day?
The next website (for which I offer a hat tip to Political Dumpground) we discussed was Dear Blank, please blank:
It was designed and built by Jared Wunsch, and Hans Johnson and, if you believe what they write on the about page, it’s moderated by Jared’s cat Louie.
It allows people to pithy one-line letters such as:
If you have no spelling suggestions for a particular word, please don’t say that it is misspelled.
Sincerely, I have no time for your nonsense, this paper is due in an hour.
Dear art teacher,
No, my canvas is not empty, I was painting with all the colours of the wind.
Sincerely, Pocahontas fan.
Dear Internet connection,
This whole “playing hard to get” strategy isn’t doing it for me.
Thank you for giving meaning to my life.
Sincerely, fingerless gloves.
Dear purple grape,
Sincerely, green grape.
Dear Green grape
You’re just jealous.
Sincerely, purple grape.
If you like our accents so much, why didn’t you keep them?
Sincerely British people.
Apropos of matters British, Jan Freeman responded to the outrage over the inclusion of initialisms in the OED. (Jan has a website throw grammar from the train – notes from a recovering nit picker)
And Stephen Fry pays lyrical homage to P.G. Wodehouse in What Ho My Hero in the Independent.
Then for something different in creative work avidiance (with a hat tip to Larvatus Prodeo): how to build the best paper airplane in the world.