Monday, June 16, 2008
Painting by Rick Mobbs
Doug Palmer in his inimitatable manner has presented us with a new postulate, or at least a new thought, that is like most new thoughts, a redeux rehash of somebody else's cognition and compostion.
In this case it is STRIKING THE CHORD by Bob Denvey. He wrote a decade ago:
I first (and last) read about the Jane Chord in a little article somewhere years ago. Details are hazy. I remember the author was an editor, and the phenomenon had actually been identified by his wife. (Name of Jane.)
What exactly is the Jane Chord?
My definition would be: "The outcome obtained by juxtaposing the first and last words of a given book or other written work to create a two-word phrase or sentence."
OK, so a Jane Chord is the first and last words of a book, put together. What good is it?
Well, Jane’s contribution to world literature is the demented hope that the resulting verbal unit may contain some relevance to -- even some revelation about -- the work it bisects.
As a sterling illustration of this concept, Doug wrote a compliation of past postings, easily recognized by FFTL readers:
Doug Palmer June 2008.
I, of course, had to respond with:
Glenn Buttkus June 2008.
Go figure, dear readers, what the minds of men can turn to next.