Monday, January 26, 2009

Mr. Joop's Hat and Mr. Pooter's Blog

Aretha's hat makes anyone look better--though Joop is already perfect.
--By Bink

On an entirely different note, linked only by an internal rhyme and my propensity this January to give my blog posts long titles, Manfred has alerted me to the existence of The Diary of a Nobody, which I had never heard of. Written in 1888 by George and Weedon Grossmith and originally serialized in Punch, it purports to be the diary of a Mr. Pooter, who records important events of his day, such as the news that his watercress seeds have not sprouted yet. The cumulative effect is very funny, though I've only read a few entries. (The link is to the diary presented in blog form, with illustrations--original, I think).

Here is the introduction:

Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see—-because I do not happen to be a ‘Somebody’—-why my diary should not be interesting. My only regret is that I did not commence it when I was a youth.

Charles Pooter
The Laurels,
Brickfield Terrace


momo said...

Perfect! I couldn't figure out how to make it work.

Jennifer said...

Oh, *squee*! That is fabulous. Jooptastic, even!

fresca said...

Momo: Do you have Photoshop? I don't have any photomanipulation programs. Bink made hers on Pages.

JEN: me too: *squeeeeeeeeeee*