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  • [es-pree de less-ka/-iay] (idiom) A witty remark that occurs to you too late, literally on the way down the stairs. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations defines esprit de l'escalier as, "An untranslatable phrase, the meaning of which is that one only thinks on one's way downstairs of the smart retort one might have made in the drawing room."


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October 12, 2009


Did you see this piece in Salon? Apparently Max Brooks' stance on the matter is old, but since I get all my new from Salon headlines and Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, I am often behind the curve...

As a zombie fan, I thought I would add my two cents. Zombies represent those who follow the herd, consume without thinking, have high levels of need for indulgence (BRAAAAAAAIIIIIIINS), do not think think for themselves. Individuals, people with personalities, are the ones who survive (or last the longest). As for zombie literature, I would recommend The Living Dead, an anthology edited by JJ Adams. You know its good when it includes Kelly Link as one of the authors.

Shana I am so glad you weighed in - I was hoping you would. And of course! The masses! Those following sheep! Why didn't I get that?

And Eliza, I love that one of your two news sources is Wait, Wait. It could be worse. :) Oh, and thanks for reminding me about the zombie modeling - I meant to include that in this post.

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