03 June 2005

Milo takes a trip

The Count has a lovely selection of passages out of The Phantom Tollbooth ("the best book in the world"):
'Haven't we met before? I'm the Everpresent Wordsnatcher, and I'm sure I know your friend the bug.' And then he leaned all the way forward and gave a terrible knowing smile.

The Humbug, who was too big to hide and too frightened to move, denied everything.

'Is everyone who lives in Ignorance like you?' asked Milo.

'Much worse,' he said longingly. 'But I don't live here. I'm from a place very far away called Context.'

'Don't you think you should be getting back?' suggested the bug, holding one arm up in front of him.

'What a horrible thought.' The bird shuddered. 'It's such an unpleasant place that I spend almost all my time out of it...'
Also, check out Jules Feiffer's site. There's a lot of great stuff there. (My other brush with greatness is that he's the great-uncle of a friend of mine. Imagine being able to say "Uncle Jules"! Apparently, he's quite the character.)

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