The Lighthouse

the lighthouse

28 January 2016

A dull and dry chuckle

Cataloguer's humour:

From the title page:
"An original retelling"

So... a complete fabrication? Nothing at all to do with the original?
Is it ever "a word-for-word retelling of the original"?

Cataloguing may seem a dull and dry task to many people, but I spend most of my day in silent dialogue with authors and publishers, quietly chuckling to myself at flowery praise and implausible plots, or muttering under my breath at the librarian who chose to purchase such a book.

Just the sort of thing I enjoy.


  1. In my late teens, I worked briefly as a file clerk. I learned to look forward to names of towns like Peculiar, Missouri.. Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky.. Normal, Illinois. It's the little things. :)

    1. Monkey's Eyebrow? Fabulous! I feel good about a world with a place called Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky.
      It's the little things that give life its texture.