March 8th, 2013

krazy koati

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels

Do you like a thing? Do you want to regret liking it? Why not try fandom?

If there's anything that can smother the joy you find in something like a full-on encounter with its committed fans I haven't found it yet, and neither will you, because you'll be too busy screaming and fleeing, sometimes into a wall. This doesn't depend on what the thing is: books, theater, furniture, drapery covered in white chocolate, paint, web browsers, rare spices from the Maluku Islands, arcsecants, the Oxford comma, and birdbaths can all trigger it.

Don't believe me? Think back to the last time you talked about Star Trek with that friend who was way too into it. Remember?

If all has gone well, you can follow this link to read the whole essay about the last time you tried watching Star Trek, although the same thing happens for everything you might want to name.

Trivia: The play Minnie's Boys, about the early show business years of the Marx Brothers and their mother Minnie, was first written by David Steinberg. Burt Shevelove and Neil Simon next tried revising the book. It was finally finished by Arthur Marx (Groucho's son) and Robert Fisher, who had written for Grouch and was responsible for the hit The Impossible Years. The show opened at the Imperial on 26 March 1970 and closed after 80 performances. Source: Not Since Carrie: 40 Years Of Broadway Musical Flops, Ken Mandelbaum.

Currently Reading: R E Olds: Auto Industry Pioneer, George S May.