The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: George MacDonald

  • Name: George MacDonald
  • D/O/B: 12/10/1824
  • Member Since: 1864
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: advice columnist for the club newsletter
  • Hobbies: Mentoring Lewis Carroll; befriending some literary giants and influencing others; getting his fantasy on

George MacDonald

George MacDonald

[Book Nerd Humour] Let’s Use Slate’s Travoltify Your Name Generator on Some Dead Writers

TRAVOLTIFY YOUR NAME

  • CHARLES DICKENS=CARYS DORNIELS
  • VIRGINIA WOOLF=VICTOR WHAYTE
  • JANE AUSTEN=JOE ALLORN
  • LEO TOLSTOY=LUKE TAYZLOR
  • KATHERINE MANSFIELD=KRISTOPHER MCEEZALD
  • JACK KEROUAC=JIA KEENEEDIA
  • F. SCOTT FITZGERALD=F. STUART FERZGUSON
  • ZELDA FITZGERALD=ZARA FERZGUSON
  • GEORGE ELIOT=GRACE EDJANS
  • ERNEST HEMINGWAY=ELLIOT HARGISION
  • ANNE BRONTË=AVA BORFES
  • CHARLOTTE BRONTË=COLE BORFES
  • EMILY BRONTË=ELIJAH BORFES

What does this alternate world look like?

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Thanks to Vickie Lester for letting me know about the Travoltify Your Name generator!

The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Henrik Ibsen

  • Name: Henrik Ibsen
  • DOB: 3/20/1828
  • Member Since: 1864
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Head of entertainment committee.
  • Hobbies: Exposing hypocrisy; modernizing theatre; shocking bourgeois sensibilities; landscaping the wild expanse of his beard.
Henrik Ibsen, circa 1864

Henrik Ibsen, circa 1864

 

A Sunday Afternoon Virtual Tour of the (James) Thurber House Museum

Where laughter, learning, and literature meet.

James Thurber was born and raised in Columbus. He attended the Ohio State University and later worked for the main local newspaper. All in all, except for a brief stint with the American Embassy in Paris, he called Ohio’s capital home until his 31st year. Even then, he never really left. Thurber lived with his parents and brothers at 77 Jefferson Avenue during his college years, from 1913-1917. This is the building that houses the museum.

Thurber House and Museum

Thurber House and Museum. 77 Jefferson Avenue.

The first two floors are open for tours; the top floor is reserved for the current Writer-in-Residence.

Parlor Chair

Entryway chair. Go ahead and try it out, if you please.

The house is furnished and decorated in appropriate period style. Unlike typically uptight museums, at the Thurber House you are encouraged to make yourself right at home. You can touch (most) things, play the piano, even sit on chairs. Such intimate interaction makes the experience personal and human, even humorous. I think that James would approve. Thurber memorabilia is spread throughout, with the largest concentration displayed in an upstairs room.

You can sit down and play a tune here

You can sit down and play a tune here.

Come on, I know that you want to give No, No, Nanette a try.

Adorable Thurber Dog

Adorable Thurber dog.

James Thurber’s dog illustrations are iconic, in all their forms. There are several of these yellow fellows around the museum. I think they are cookie jars, but I do not really know. Continue reading

The Splendiferously Bearded Writers Social Club: Anthony Trollope

  • Name: Anthony Trollope
  • DOB: 4/24/1815
  • Member Since: 1863
  • Status: Charter Member
  • Important Role: Head of the decorating committee.
  • Hobbies: Creating imaginary communities; day jobbing at the postal office; fox-hunting.
Anthony Trollope by Napoleon Sarony

Anthony Trollope by Napoleon Sarony