In this week’s episode, “It was bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Martha and Grant discuss their favorite first lines from novels. Also this week, palmer-housing, beanplating, meeting cute, bad billboard grammar, and what it means when someone says you look like a tree full of owls. And which is correct: another thing coming or another think coming? This episode first aired October 24, 2010.
Some novels grab you from the get-go. “I am an invisible man.” “Call me Ishmael.” “The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting.” Martha and Grant discuss some of their favorite first lines.
Photo by Ken Janes. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Books Mentioned in the Episode
|1984 by George Orwell|
|Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane|
|Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain|
Music Used in the Episode
|No Answer||Ikebe Shakedown||Hard Steppin’||Colemine Records|
|Buttercup||Carl Anderson||Absence Without Love||CBS|
|Hard Steppin’||Ikebe Shakedown||Hard Steppin’||Colemine Records|
|Pictures||McCoy Tyner||The Greeting||Fantasy Records|
|Ride Or Die||Budos Band||Budos Band II||Daptone Records|
|Naima||McCoy Tyner||The Greeting||Fantasy Records|
|Happy||The Bamboos||Rawville||Tru Thoughts|
|Keep Me In Mind||The Bamboos||4||Tru Thoughts|
|Walking Through Tomorrow (Super 8 Part 3)||Quantic Soul Orchestra||Stampede||Tru Thoughts|
|Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off||Billie Holiday||All Or Nothing At All||The Island Def Jam Music Group|