Is That All There Is: Peggy Lee

How are all these songs connected?

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  1. Spaceman Says:

    Mann, Adams, Lewis, Joyce

  2. Spaceman Says:

    Oh, I like quizzes. Don’t know much about Mann & Adams, but read many of CS’s works and JJ’s as well. Though will concede I did not make it very far into Ulysses before giving up. Too deep for an engineer.

  3. Spaceman Says:

    Indeed – I tried really hard on Ulysses, but all for naught. Lewis is wonderful.

    And have great respect for proper use of the English language and students thereof. Bill Zinsser one of my heroes – economy in writing!


    • Spaceman,
      I was determined to finish it, and it did take a while. After I was done, it seemed to make far more sense than when I was reading it. That was the same with Henry James. Trudging through his books was often sheer misery, but I was surprised when I finished and I understood what he was saying.

      I had to read The Wings of the Dove in college and threw the book at the wall several times in frustration. The paper I had to write compared that novel with Hawthorne’s Marble Faun. The comment I loved was, “Excellent study of the James.” That still makes me laugh.

  4. im6 Says:

    Okay, I’ll admit it… I don’t have a clue what these songs have in common. The comment about Mann, Adams, etc. certainly refers to authors, but that’s as far as this tiny little brain goes. Wanna be a bit more specific for those of us riding in the short bus?

    • Hedley Says:

      im6/8 ditto πŸ™‚


    • im6,
      Spaceman is correct as is your assumption that all these songs were inspired by authors. This song is based on Thomas Mann’s short fiction story Disillusionment. Bright Eyes is part of the soundtrack of the animated movie based on Watership down. Prince caspian is easy as it is one of the Narnia novels by C.S. Lewis, second one I think. Flower Of the Mountain is based, somewhat, on the soliloquy of Molly Bloom from Ulysses .

  5. Spaceman Says:

    To be more direct, the songs are based on books.

  6. Spaceman Says:

    So do you keep a copy of Strunk & White, The Elements of Style, handy.


    • Spaceman,
      I had a copy when I taught but have no idea what happened to it. My classroom experience ended a long while back when I became an administrator. I gave most of my reference books to other English teachers.

  7. Spaceman Says:

    I still keep a copy around, a nifty quick reference esp. for engineers, who are oft grammar and structure challenged

    I have to ask this. Which is fav Jane Austen novel?

  8. Spaceman Says:

    Darcy’s pride and Elizabeth’s prejudice..

  9. Spaceman Says:

    Excellent question…

  10. Spaceman Says:

    Have to enlist a liberal arts person to decide this. I read books about pumps.

    Only course I dropped in college (it was pass-fail) was a 300 level English Lit class (which I was foolish enough to pick for a required humanities elective). Classmates would read a paragraph and give a 10 minute dissertation on what it meant, whilst I going, huh? Decided after a couple classes things would go poorly for the semester, so I bailed out double-quick. Signed-up for German instead. Verstehen sie?


    • Spaceman,
      I had two courses which I had to take which killed me. One was freshman math which I squeaked by to pass, and the other was Physics, the one we called physics for dummy liberal arts people. I passed that too but by the skin of my teeth. I majored in English and minored in history and philosophy. This head doesn’t do math or science!

  11. Spaceman Says:

    Physics, math, chemistry all make perfect sense. I reckon folks brains are just wired different, and that’s good. My experience is that couples who are different tend to do better than those who are like…


    • Spaceman,
      English grammar too makes sense. It has a pattern and rules of order. A with math, there are right answers and wrongs answers (tenses and cases).


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