[lit-ideas] Re: Post Mortem.

  • From: "John McCreery" <john.mccreery@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2007 14:41:44 +0900

On Dec 4, 2007 2:28 PM, Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  Mike, your touching note brought a tear; however I have it on very good
> authority from a lurker that the problem was caused by the Yakuza, you know,
> the problem that caused JL to be shut down, terminated in a manner of
> speaking.

That's odd. My sources suggest that, determined to find the missing Loeb, JL
embarked on a vision quest.  He unwisely used dope supplied by a gang of
upriver shamans, stumbled into Borges' labyrinthine library and is now so
entranced that only the ghost of Grice will be able to find and release him,
as soon as the thirty-seventh nuance of the third preposition in the
exorcism is properly decoded. Fear not, however, the thirty-fourth nuance
has already been reached. A post mortem is premature. Keep the absinthe
cold. Celebrations may soon be in order.


> *From:* lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:
> lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf Of *Mike Geary
> *Sent:* Monday, December 03, 2007 9:00 PM
> *To:* lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> *Subject:* [lit-ideas] Post Mortem.
> Uh oh.  Only two posts from JL today.  That's not good.  I hope he hasn't
> died.  If so, this is his post mortem that I'm posting.  JL was a good old
> boy as Argentines go.  He is survived by his sainted mother Santa Anna Maria
> who put up with him.  She's devoted her life to keeping St. Michael's Hall
> safe from Harvard students and Uraguaians.  Santa Anna Maria visited Seattle
> when I was living there.  I met her at the Public Market and was very
> impressed with her.  Neither she nor I remember the event, but I'm sure it
> happened.  In fact, I know it did, that's when she told me JL was Greek.  I
> thought she meant like a frat boy, but no, she meant like a real live Greek
> like person -- but only in a delusional way.  He was Italian, actually.
> Probably Mafioso.  He thought he was Greek because he always felt the need
> to go naked to the gymnasium.  Got in a lot of embarrassing trouble for that
> -- and for a lot of other things we won't talk about now that he's crossed
> the bar.  JL only had two real loves in his life Grice and the OED.  His
> favorite pastime was posting very funny and original and informative posts
> to Lit-Id.  He will be missed muchly.
> Of course it's possible that he hasn't died at all, perhaps he's just had
> the boom lowered on him.  If so, that's a shame -- not that he's still
> alive, that's not a shame -- it could lead to shame, but it's not a shame in
> and of itself.  What's a shame is that he's having his style cramped.  When
> he returned, the list suddenly came alive, wild and unpredictable and
> hopelessly busy.  Well, I guess if the boom has been lowered, we'll all be
> able to catch up on our sleep.  So, JL, if you are dead, I'm really sorry
> guy.  I thought I had some place to crash in La Plata when I do my South
> American tour, too bad.  If you're not dead, but just being punished for
> being so prolific and alive, well, don't loose faith, they'll all fall
> asleep soon enough and those of us who enjoy the anarchy will have a picnic.
> Mike Geary
> Memphis

John McCreery
The Word Works, Ltd., Yokohama, JAPAN
Tel. +81-45-314-9324

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