I get a "word of the day" email list, and today's word is extremely cool. I love this word. I must find a way to use it in a story or something.
MacGuffin \muh-GUH-fin\ noun
: an object, event, or character in a film or story that
serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually
lacking intrinsic importance
The missing document is the MacGuffin that sends the two
spies off on an action-packed race around the world, but the
real story centers on tension between the main characters.
Did you know?
The first person to use "MacGuffin" as a word for a plot
device was Alfred Hitchcock. He borrowed it from an old shaggy-
dog story in which some passengers on a train interrogate a
fellow passenger carrying a large, strange-looking package. The
fellow says the package contains a "MacGuffin," which, he
explains, is used to catch tigers in the Scottish Highlands.
When the group protests that there are no tigers in the
Highlands, the passenger replies, "Well, then, this must not be
a MacGuffin." Hitchcock apparently appreciated the way the
mysterious package keeps the audience's attention and builds
suspense. He recognized that an audience anticipating a solution
to a mystery will continue to follow the story even if the
initial interest-grabber turns out to be irrelevant.
Dude, check this out. Is this scary, or what? OctoDog
If I can ever get done reading Illuminatus I've got a whole new load of weird books to start reading. Yesterday I bought Quest for Cthulhu, a fiction novel based on the "Cthulhu Mythos" of H.P. Lovecraft, and written by August Derleth, Lovecraft's long-time friend and collaborater. So this book is Lovecrat approved, not some of the cheap "Cthulhu Mythos" rip-offs you see nowadays. This book will be interesting, but what I'm really looking forward to is my shipment of books I ordered from Amazon.com. They're supposed to be here around the 29th. They are also strange books, but, unlike some of the other stuff I read, most of you have probably heard of at least one or two of them, two of them being "classics." Namely, James Joyce's Ulysses, and Goethe's Faust. The other one, the one I'm really anxious to read is Prometheus Rising, by Robert Anton Wilson. This book should provide fodder for countless posts, and not just from me copying things directly from it.
Speaking of copying things directly from R.A.W. books, check this out:
"The most thoroughly and relentlessly Damned, banned, excluded, condemned, forbidden, ostracized, ignored, suppressed, repressed, robbed, brutalized and defamed of all Damned Things is the individual human being. The social engineers, statisticians, psychologists, sociologists, market researchers, landlords, bureaucrats, captains of industry, bankers, governors, commissars, kings and presidents are perpetually forcing this Damned Thing into carefully prepared blueprints and perpetually irritated that the Damned Thing will not fit into the slot assigned to it. The theologians call it a sinner and try to reform it. The governor calls it a criminal and tries to punish it. The psychotherapist calls it a neurotic and tries to cure it. Still, the Damned Thing will not fit into their slots." -- Never Whistle While You're Pissing, by Hagbard Celine, H.M., S.H.
Well, I'm gonna go read some more, I hope to finish this book in a day or two.
"People snapped after September 11th,
and the leader of the snap was Jerry Falwell.
Jerry Falwell was crazy before, and if you did
not know that, I'd like you to wear aluminum foil
so we KNOW WHO YOU ARE!" -- Lewis Black