Literary Meme-O-Gram: Either vs. Or

Sometimes it's fun to pick favorites out of arbitrary groupings. (No really, it is.) As such, I've made a list of 20 either/or statements (that are at least marginally literary), with the intention of seeing what your choices are. And that's all you have to do -- pick one thing out of each set. No need to explain your choices, just choose. In the end, I will of course take this data with me into the LitKicks Laboratory and chart it on a graph. Really. I will.

Anyway, without further ado, I present today's lineup:

1. Libraries vs. Bookstores:

2. Pens vs. Pencils

3. Handwritten vs. Typed

4. Sticking head in oven vs. Shooting self in head

5. Ending a sentence with a preposition vs. Splitting an infinitive

6. Reading to self vs. Going to a poetry reading

7. Sonnets vs. Villanelles

8. Truth vs. Fiction

9. Poetry vs. Prose

10. Novels vs. Short Stories

11. Online vs. Print

12. The Odyssey vs. On The Road

13. Frankenstein vs. Dracula

14. Barbaric yawp vs. Howl

15. William Faulkner vs. Mark Twain

16. William Shakespeare vs. William Blake

17. Milton from Office Space vs. John Milton

18. Henry James vs. Henry David Thoreau

19. Walt Whitman vs. Grizzly Adams

20. Chuck Palahniuk vs. Irvine Welsh
22 Responses to "Literary Meme-O-Gram: Either vs. Or"

by brooklyn on

okay ...?1. bookstores2. pens3. typed4. shooting5. ending with a preposition (because I know what that means)6. going to poetry reading7. sonnets8. fiction9. poetry10. novels11. online!12. on the road13. frankenstein14. howl15. twain16. shakespeare17. milton from office space18. you're killing me! both. i can't choose between these two. 19. walt whitman20. chuck

by jamelah on

my picks1. bookstores2. pens3. correspondence: handwritten. everything else: typed4. shooting5. splitting an infinitive6. going to a reading7. villanelles8. fiction9. prose10. short stories11. online12. on the road13. frankenstein14. howl15. faulkner16. blake17. office space all the way18. HENRY JAMES!!! (someone had to say it)19. whitman20. neither. tee hee.

by jamelah on

Come on, Asher. I know you wanted to say "HENRY JAMES!!!" but it's okay, because I did.

by firecracker on

Where's the Beef?1. Libraries2. Pencils3. Typed4. Sticking head in oven5. Ending a sentence with a preposition 6. Going to a poetry reading7. Sonnets8. Truth 9. Poetry10. Short Stories11. Online12. The Odyssey13. Dracula14. no15. William Faulkner16. William Robert Blake17. Milton 18. Henry David Thoreau19. Grizzly Adams20. Irvine

by Rubiao on

i wish i said librariesbookstorespenshandwrittenshootingprepositionto selfsonnetsfictionprosenovelsprintthe odysseydraculahowlfaulknerblakejohn miltonthoreauadamsneitherhardest ?: Adams/Whitman. Adams was just so damn salty!

by jamelah on

14. noheheh good answer.

by jamelah on

p.s. to split an infinitive is the opposite of to not split an infinitive.

by minfin on

easy onebookstores pencil typedoven split selfsonnets fiction poetryshort stories print on the roadfrankenstien howl twainblake ? thoreauwhitmanwelsh

by brooklyn on

I know you will find it incredible that I do not worship Henry James above all, but I could not pick anyone over Thoreau. You could throw Melville and Kerouac in too, and I'd still pick Thoreau. He is, like, one of my top five people of all time. Including real people.But, to avoid hurting Henry James's feelings, I will pass on #18.

by bohonato on

Sith Happens1. Bookstores:2. Pens 3. Handwritten 4. Shooting self in head5. Ending a sentence with a preposition 6. Reading to self 7. Sonnets 8. Fiction9. Poetry 10. Novels 11. Print12. On The Road13. Dracula14. Howl15. Mark Twain16. William Shakespeare17. Milton from Office Space 18. Henry David Thoreau19. Walt Whitman 20.

by Andeh on

DratMoved to respond to this.1) Bookstores (more up to date selections, at least in my town. Plus the bookstore owner always sneaks me info on the latest and cheap lit news)2)pens (only use pencils for math class, which, don't have to take anymore)3)typed (cause I have 'orrible hadwriting)4) wuh?5)I try to avoid grammar at all costs but infinitives, we used those in Spanish6) reading to self 7) sonnets (I'm French and I don't know what villaneles are!)8)truth (because we end up sneaking the truth into fiction, anyway)9)poetry 10) short stories (lately)11)this is a trick question!12)On the Road (because I wasn't forced to read it in school, rather read it in spite of school)13) Dracula (Gary Oldman version)14) Howl (duh)15)Mark Twain (he's Southern and I can relate)16) Shakespeare 17)Office Space Milton18) Thoreau (lucky bastard)19) Grizzly Adams (he had a cool sidekick!)20)Welsh

by Arcadia on

answers1- bookstores2- pencils3- handwritten4- sticking head in oven5- splitting an infinitive6- reading to self7- ?8- both9- consciously, poetry10- novels11- print12- both13- dr

by kkizer on

okay...1) Bookstores2) Pens3) Typed4) Shooting self in head5) Ending with a preposition6) Reading to self (incidentally this is the title of my first novel)7) Villanelles8) Truth9) Prose10) Novels11) Print12) On The Road13) Frankenstein14) Barbaric yap15) Faulkner16) Shakespeare17) You took my stapler18) Thoreau19) Whitman20) Welsh

by stevadore on

Hmmmm...1. Bookstores ('Cause I can pick up chicks the same time I pick up books)2.Pens3.Handwritten (something organic about it)4.Head in oven (I can always change my mind)5.Both and Neither6.Both at same time7.Sonnets - I think8.Aren't they the same?9.Poetic prose10.Novels made up of short stories11.Print - definitely!12.On the Road13.Franky14.I better put Howl or I'll get kicked off the site15.Samuel Clemens16.Shakespeare17.M-M-M-Milton from Office Space - who wouldn't pick him?18.Thoreau19.Grizzly Adams - loved that theme song. Plus I have a friend whose name is Dan Haggerty believe it or not.20. Neither

by Billectric on

Is There A Lab Fee?1. Libraries where you never return the book, so then you have to pay for it, and the library orders a new one from a bookstore.2. Pens3. Typed. Word processed & printed, actually.4. Oven, but really a car exhaust is more likely to be available because a lot of ovens are not gas. All this business about doctor-assisted suicide is silly because if a person has a car, they don't need a doctor's help. But if you are highly impressionable or unstable, do not read this.5. I'm just a simple butler, as Anthony Hopkins said. I'm afraid I can't be of assistance to you on that matter.6. Poetry reading where all ten participants are reading to themselves.7. Neopolitan has all three.8. 9. Prose10. The short story is coming back in a big way. Don't miss out on this hip trend. Billectric.11. Print with the occasional blue underlined word, so you think you can click on it, but it's printed, see, so you can't! Oh, man.12. Is that then one with the cyclops? Because I was going to say "On the Road" but...I don't know...a cyclops...13. Frankenstein.14. Whatever that noise is that Boris Karloff made as Frankenstein's Monster.15. Frankenstein16. Well, Blake was found not guilty of killing his wife, and he was good in Beretta.17. "That body is not dead! I created it...with bodies I obtained from graves, from the gallows, anywhere!"18. Henry Frankenstein19. I vote for their unholy cloned offspring, Scootertrash, from the picture on the back of Action Poetry. 20. Fight Club was on TV last night. Chuck is a good man.

by jymwrite on

my answers1.Libraries2. Pens3. Handwritten (at first, they call it writing)4. Taking the bullet5. end in preposition-Always!6.Poetry reading7.Sonnets8. Fiction is truth9.Poetry10. Like both11. Print-Still a little old fashioned12-On The Road13.Frankenstein14.Howl15.Twain16.Shake the spear17.Milton from Office Space18.Thoreau19. Whitman20.Can't pick chuck too popular an answer & don't know the other guy.That was harder than I thought, are they the right answers?

by Billectric on

You go, FC, with the Robert Blake type answer. And what about those Pink Panther movies?

by Billectric on

Now, there's a man who knows what he likes.

by only-me on

a worthy surveylibrariespencilstypedsticking head in ovensplitting an infinitivepoetry readingsonnetsfiction that tells truthprosenovelsprintthe roaddraculahowltwainshakespearemilton from office spacejameswhitmanwelsh

by jymwrite on

Like to amend my answer to 4. to Alcoholism.

by Beth Vieira on

Either/Or: an existential choice1. bookstores--the transgression of reading unbought books2. pens--specifically fountain pens that scratch so you feel the writing3. handwritten--for the above reason4. shooting self in head--the boom of it5. ending with a prepostion--who can avoid it6. poetry reading--the dynamics of apprehension7. sonnets--the volta and complexity8. truth--it is stranger than fiction9. poetry--it is stranger than prose10. short stories--condensation 11.print--the materiality factor12. Odyssey--know ancient greek13. Frankenstein--more feminist14. Faulkner--complexity15. tie, Blake in my youth, Shakespeare in middle age16. Howl--the best minds of my generation17. John Milton--master of language (and the Milton of William Blake)18. Thoreau--master of prose style and independent thinker 19.Whitman--barbaric yawlp20. undecided

by Divine_Mendacity on

Well if we're going to be Western -1. Libraries. I haven't worked in four years.:)2. Pens. -need less holder.3. Concepting: MS. Drafting: type.4. Sticking head in oven - provided the oven's modified to give out helium or nitrous oxide (I'm killing myself - I can afford to borrow the cash:)). - Guns're *notoriously* tricky auto-aimed.5. It'd vary. Whichever'd be syntactically wildest. Tho' in the indoctrinated gut of me I hate both.6. Self. Self self self self self:).7. Villanelles. Just to make Shakespeare less of a critical reference.:)8. They're only plastically different.9. Prose. Because I don't trust art.10. Novels. Because I don't trust art.11. Online. Even uncreative labour becomes - and necessarily! - materially subversive.12. *The Odyssey*. It wrecked the author-function thousands of years before Foucault.13. Dracula. Tho' not for height.14. Barbaric yawp. Intellectualised - *as* say Hughes - it lets fake blowup away w/ less. - Prepsychedelia. Bah.:)15. Faulkner.16. Blake. Because I don't trust art.:)17. John Milton. For the Satanism.18. James. Because in dying he islanded Pound into becoming the great index of modernism's fascism.19. Huh?:)20. I. I hate them both equally.