Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Nick Lowe once sang, 'I love my label'

Probably the first and last time I will use this label on the blog:

'Confusing the WRP for the RCG - we've all done it'

Ian Rankin was in his mid-twenties and still a student at Edinburgh University when he wrote that passage. I'm guessing he was settling some old student union scores. The bloke would be a natural for writing guest posts for Harry's Place.

3 comments:

Sarah Silverman said...

Darren,

long time reader, first time commentator.

I was wondering why you choose to link to such a recent post from your blog?

Darren said...

Hello Sarah,

Thanks for asking.

I totally agree that it's rather unusual but what with the recent avalanche of weekly bulletins posted on the blog, I was scared that my readership would miss out on that wee gem from Ian Rankin.

The passage has everything: the everyman's confusion about the far left . . . the stereotyped reference to the lefty turned yuppie that was so beloved of cultural commentators and old fogies from that period in the mid to late eighties . . . and some clunking leftspeak dialogue that had Jack Lemmon's Jerry/Daphne piping up from the back with the classic line, 'Nobody talks like that!'

Sarah Silverman said...

Darren,

thanks for taking the time out to explain your blogging action. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say that we appreciate your connection with your readership.

Sarah

PS - Loved that 'every few minutes' joke on your Spam Factoty post. If Jimmy had been that consistently witty, we'd still be together.