February 12th, 2004

Tom Lehrer is Smug

(no subject)

On February 13, 2003, nebulous menace on Ed's World started a thread called Chain Mind Meld. The rules of the game are quite simple: Take a work from Author A and write it in the style of Author B. The next person then takes a work from Author B and writes it in the style of Author C, so forth and so on, until, uh, I guess, you stop. Or something.

At any rate, I've taken all the entries so far (it's technically still going, but for some inexplicable reason everybody's been stuck on Terry Pratchett for over six months) and archived them up in one big web page so that everybody could see exactly how brilliant everybody else is being behind their backs. My favorites in the collection are J.R.R. Tolkien's The Song of the Old Fisherman (after Ernest Hemingway), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Anne Rice, and Paradise Lost in nadsat by Anthony Burgess.

Take a look when you've got the time, but be prepared to sit down and read the entire thing through because that's how good it is. I think it's one of the funniest, most intelligent works that have ever come out of a web-based BBS (and that includes "hay guys diagnose my medical problem over the intar web but don't tell me to go see a doctor, k")

Good stuff all around.