July 12, 2005

Picking up the effete slack of Robbo the LLamabutcher

Yesterday was EB White's birthday. Sheila has the commemoration.

Yips! from Robbo: Uh-huh, Uh-huh, effete slack? Hello, kettle? This is pot. Anyhoo, sorry for the lite posting but, as Cole Porter would say, it's too darn hot. My brain goes into vapor lock in this kind of weather. Plus, what few amps it is cranking I need for some work projects that are, er, heating up.

I will say this about White - that time and again as I've been reading Charlotte's Web to the Llama-ettes, he has demonstrated that he's absolutely dialed-in on their wavelength. Example (inaccurately quoted, I'm sure, but you'll see what I mean):

Charlotte: "You'll be absolutely incandescent!"
Llama-ette: "What's 'incandescent'?"
Wilbur: "What's 'incandescent'?"
Charlotte: "It means to shine a lot."

You can imagine what kind of kick the gels get out of this. And it also says something about White's skill as a children's author.

Posted by Steve at July 12, 2005 12:13 PM | TrackBack

Yeah, I do miss the effete regular efforts ...

Posted by: Bill from INDC at July 12, 2005 01:24 PM

I am comforted by the fact that Robert will correct me if wrong, but wasn't it Ella that did It's Too Damned Hot?

Love the new redo of the Llama Range.

Posted by: Rae at July 12, 2005 01:40 PM

O.K. I just used the Information Superhighway and found that, you are correct, Robbo.

Posted by: Rae at July 12, 2005 01:47 PM

In fact, I've got a recording of Ella doing "Too Darn Hot" - unfortunately, it's one of her later albums where her voice has started to slide pretty badly. My favorite is still Ann Miller table-stomping version from the movie Kiss Me Kate. Lawd knows how many other folks have recorded it.

Posted by: Robert the LB at July 12, 2005 02:02 PM
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