Date: Thu, 23 Oct 1997 08:25:17 EDT From: Julia Cochran Subject: Re: thank you . . . thank you Lynne Murphy writes: >people (projecting their own fears of being alone onto me, i presume) insist >on talking to me--and making small (high in quantity, low in quality) talk. >here i am with nabokov in my hand and i have to grunt my agreement with this >stranger's assessments of the weather, the big game on saturday, and the >political situation. No amount of commentary on my part would be likely to alter your interpretation of their behavior. Still, I cannot resist observing what a classic passage your comments would make in yet another modernization of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol." In fact, you have inspired me to give it a try. :) <----- yet another bourgeois banality