WoB Talk

January 3, 2014

December 30, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kari Maaren @ 1:05 pm

Winter is icumen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
And how the wind doth ramm!
Sing: Goddamm.
Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
Damm you; Sing: Goddamm.
Goddamm, Goddamm, ’tis why I am, Goddamm,
So ‘gainst the winter’s balm.
Sing goddamm, damm, sing goddamm,
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm, DAMM.

Thank you, Ezra Pound, for expressing my sentiments exactly.



  1. Accidental murder- I believe the term is manslaughter…

    Comment by mercenarypen — January 3, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

  2. MP: Actually, I did think of that, but “accidental murder” just sounded funnier (in a pitch-black actually-not-that-funny-at-all way) than “manslaughter.”

    Incidentally, Errol tells me that you sent me a Christmas card via him. I haven’t actually seen it yet, even though I’ve already encountered Errol twice this year, but thanks. I’m sure I’ll receive it eventually.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — January 3, 2014 @ 7:17 pm

  3. I don’t mind at all having the riveting conclusion take a little more time than expected. I’m riveted, and being able to keep enjoying the story for some extra days suits me fine.

    Comment by Anne — January 3, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

  4. Considering that I got the Christmas card to him for mid December, this speaks volumes about Errol’s capacity for being organised.

    Comment by mercenarypen — January 4, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

  5. Ha ha ha…you were expecting Errol to be organised. That’s amusing.

    I didn’t even hear about the card first from Errol; I heard about it from his wife (though she didn’t know who it was from; she described you as “somebody” who sent Errol “a whole bunch of cards for people”).

    Comment by Kari Maaren — January 4, 2014 @ 1:39 pm

  6. Hmm – the Pound scans almost exactly as the original. Now I want to hear a small choir do it.

    Comment by quasihumanist — January 6, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

  7. So, the conversion app on my phone tells me it is -20C here in the mid-Atlantic US. I’m guessing that would be pretty standard for Toronto. If so, I have two questions:
    1) how do you all manage?
    2) how cold is it there right now??

    Comment by Earthgirl — January 7, 2014 @ 7:23 am

  8. Right now, it’s -21C, though it feels like -35C with the wind chill. You manage by wearing lots and lots and lots of layers and going outside as seldom as possible.

    Comment by Kari Maaren — January 7, 2014 @ 10:15 am

  9. Meanwhile, I think it’s about…50ish degrees F here. Maybe a bit colder, maybe a bit warmer. The sort of temperature where pretty much everyone is wearing jackets, but it isn’t totally crazy to go out without one.

    I don’t know if that’s helpful or not, but feel better regardless. Remember: This, too, shall pass.

    Unless it doesn’t, I guess. But it probably will.

    Comment by Erwaro — January 8, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

  10. One of the few redeeming features of Minnesota winter is that it stays below freezing pretty much all Winter. This means the snow never melts and refreezes as ice, so the sidewalks don’t become that slippery.

    I’m glad it’s not nearly so cold where I am now, but it does get annoying when the temperature fluctuates above and below the freezing point every day, turning every outdoor surface into a major hazard.

    Comment by quasihumanist — January 9, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

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