September 18th, 2007

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Books I Wish I'd Written -- The Quote Post

Last night, getting food on the table, I thought, "How many of our common conversational phrases do we pull from books?" 

And it wasn't a non-sequiter, either. I had just called out, "Wash up for supper, Ernst" when the query crossed my mind. 

But here's the thing. We don't have an Ernst. We've got two daughters who usually call supper dinner. But  Wash up for supper, Ernst is our daily and understood verb -- thanks to Elisa Klevin

It's not unlike my personal favorite, "Think, Oliver, think," -- always a good reminder, and for which credit is due to Laurel Molk.

And hello, Jarrett J. Krosoczka -- the pen behind "A very big idea. A very brown idea. A very big, brown, bag idea."  I mean, come on, tell me that you don't need that phrase at least once a week.

I think this has got to be the highest form of authorial flattery -- adopting bits of books into our own daily vernacular. The very idea that what we read resonates so contagiously -- wow. Those are the books I wish I'd written or hope to write.

In the meantime, cheers to Elfrida Vipont ("But he never once said please!") and Wayne Harris ("Mrs. Be-the-best-you-can") and Ian Falconer ("I love you anyway, too.")

Things would be a little less sweet and round and articulate around here without you all, and your books.