Monday, January 08, 2007

Words

I was indulging my several-times-daily dose of CNN.com this morning when I read an article about Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson's daughter committing suicide. Bacharach's representatives made the following statement--an attempt to sum up her life in a sentence:

"She loved kitties, and earthquakes, glacial calving, meteor showers, science, blue skies and sunsets, and Tahiti."

If you ask me, it comes off sounding quite flippant. But can it ever been done any better...trying to sum someone up in a sentence?

What would your sentence say?

Watching: Amelie

14 comments:

  1. What the hell kind of sentence is that, it kind of sounds like a joke..."she liked kitties and earhquakes..." BUT, thinking of my sentence - ugggh, that's tough especially knowing that you wouldn't be writing your own. I guess you have to think about what others would write about you. It's kind of embarrassing to think about, don't you think? What would yours say Andi?

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  2. LOL, I agree that it's embarrassing to think about, and that's why I didn't post my own! ;) I will later, though.

    And yes, I thought it sounded rather jokey. I think it was the kitties that threw me off.

    Joshilyn Jackson posted an example of 'what not to write on your author bio on the back of your book' once, and perhaps that's a less embarrassing way to think about it.

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  3. yes I noticed that quote this morning as well and thought it quite odd.

    I'm sure my sentence would include kittens for sure, but throw in beer, sordid sex and some hookers.... yes that should just about complete it. Oh wait, I forgot candy. Candy simply must be included.

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  4. LMAO! That's what I'm lookin' for, Cold, CANDID! Hookers and candy. Doesn't get any better than that. And I wonder how many hits that combo will bring in?

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  5. She sounds awesome. Glacial calving? Thought I was the only one.

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  6. Yeah, the kitties make it sound really juvenile and funny. As for mine? Oh God, I don't know.

    "She loved sitting on her ass, reading sordid lesbian historical fiction, grilled cheese sandwiches and the Facts of Life."

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  7. LMAO <---and I'm not bullshittin'. I'm doing that really hard wheezy laugh right now.

    Goose, I'm not surprised, darling. If you ever write one you should throw in horticulture and Star Wars novels.

    Heatherina, yours made me giggle harder than any. "Grilled cheese sandwishes and the Facts of Life" is the best thing I've ever heard.

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  8. It's so sadly true, too. I was honest...Facts of Life is the highlight of my day, I'm so ashamed.

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  9. "All he wanted was a nice set of tits in his face, a deep dish pizza in his stomach, and visions of recreational lesbianism in his head."

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  10. Awww, Todd. You sentimental fool. You don't ask for much.

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  11. Sounds like someone asked them what sorts of things she liked to do and not what sort of person she was. Then they published it out of context. That sucks. I recently went to a special service for my grandfather who just passed away and the sentence that summed him up was humbling to say the least. I hope words like devoted and dependable, integrity and love are used to describe me!!

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  12. Heather, I have to say, when my grandparents passed away the service was amazing and everything that "summed them up" so to speak, was completely flattering and wonderful. Like you, I hope people will say the same of me.

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  13. "She read a lot, drank too much Mt. Dew, and was utterly convinced she had visions. This cannot be verified."

    or

    "Nobody actually noticed her except during 2002, the year when she ran like crazy, got a hot bod, and nearly died. At that time, even old men and teenagers noticed her. Every other year pretty much sucked."

    Of course, I love cats and glacial calving but . . . weird. Who would say things that way? Earthquakes?

    Actually, come to think of it, I thought it was really strange when the preacher started talking about my father's antique flat-iron collection during his funeral.

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