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February 01, 2005


Frank McGahon

I got the same result which is a little odd considering the "pleasure" I freely admit to have taken from a certain "bestselling piece of hackwork"!

Phil Hunt

What kind of snob does it make me if I notice that in "how well the entre compliments the side dishes" it should have been "complements" (different word, different meaning)?

Or perhaps it just makes me a pedant.

Pearsall Helms

I got the 'Politics and Culture Guru'.

"From Timbuktu to Tijuana, you know all about world culture and politics. You've seen it all, and what you haven't seen, you watched on one of the "smart people channels." Your friends tell you that you should run for governor. What people love: You've always got a great story to tell. What people hate: You make them feel like ignorant plebians. Sometimes you slip and CALL them plebians."


This quiz is ridiculous. Just because I get irritated by the sight of people stuffing their faces and would like to meet Beethoven (actually, I would have preferred Bach) doesn't mean I would stoop so low as to insult people's grammar. (I just like insulting their spelling.)


I must be far too elitist to want to do quizzes on the internet.

Abiola Lapite

"I got the same result which is a little odd considering the "pleasure" I freely admit to have taken from a certain "bestselling piece of hackwork"!"

Well, let's just say that there are many others out there who'd concur with your assessment of said work ...

(at the latter URL, see Simon Brooke's review in particular)

I suppose books like the Da Vinci code are to literary-minded types what Star Trek novels are to scientists - shameful lapses from virtue to be admitted to only when under the rack.

Mrs Tilton

Well taken, Phil! And not only that, it's odd to worry about how well an entrée complements the side-dishes. Odd, that is, unless one labours under the common misconception that an entrée is a main dish.

And, no, food-and-wine snob (or whatever the relevant category would have been in this painfully obvious quiz) was not what I ended up with.

Abiola, do science geeks really make any attempt to hide their enthusiasm for Star Trek and the like? I thought that sort of thing was more or less a badge of tribal identity for the labcoat set, and that a scientist would be likelier to hide a taste for (say) Restoration comedy. As for The da Vinci Code, what a heap of tripe. (And I say that as a connoisseur of tatty potboilers.) I knew the 'shocking revelations' would be utter bollocks, of course, but [***WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW***] I'd expected at least some innovative and entertaining bollocks, not boring old warmed-over san greal/sang real stuff. I ought to have been warned, though: a friend (an RC theologian, as it happens) was passing through and left the book with me, claiming it was a cracking good read. But *he didn't want it back*, even though it was a hardcover... (The one clever thing the author did was to use Opus Dei as a red herring. It's just so *believable* that they'd be behind a murderous worldwide conspiracy that one is easily taken in. Perhaps that's why my friend enjoyed the book: he can't abide Opus Dei. He must have been disappointed to learn at the end that they were not the villains of the piece.)

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