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heavens to murgatroyd

“The model is actually better than the reality.  That’s the whole point, Thomas.”

Will Bestwyck,  Letters From Mr. Palindrome.

making a splash

“Pay attention, Audrey.  If you wish to enjoy blackmail, you simply must find yourself on the right end of it.”

Kiefer Sythe,  The Detective Club.

down doheny way

After his paltry supper of leaf and twig, that cold steak-and-kidney pie in the pantry exerted an irresistible force of attraction upon Master Bertram.

Ralston Dowd,  A Spot of Bother.

erase howlin’ wolf

It’s not that poor Elizabeth believes her own lies.  She simply refuses to inspect them.

Diana Moone,  Living Well.

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“Martens was a man of many talents.  His vocal impression of Gertrude Stein amused us all, I can assure you.  It was almost impressive.”

Gareth Spence,  She Braved All.

bowling for fun

“Banks are oppressive institutions, Beverly.  They ought to be robbed.  And robbed often.”

Timothy Waldo,  The Important Thing.

liturgical dance party

“I have knelt on one knee, and I can’t get up,” Nancy whimpered into the emergency device.

Corliss Archer,  Boarding the Crazy Train.

the inexhaustible triteness

For Jacoby, hip hop was a cultural elixir, however improbable that might seem to be.  “It rescues us all,” he said, “from a grim vortex of meaninglessness.”

Charles Jeffrey Yett, Writing in Miniature—Vol. Three.

not my thing

Apology:  a guilty plea.

Nathaniel Bumppo,  The Putrescence of the Word.

slowly silence all

Happiness is a nonsensical notion.

Godfrey Tooke,  Collected Aphorisms.