The Beefeaters’ Briefing

About me:

Likes: Harper’s Weekly emails, childhood obesity

Dislikes: Suffering, grinning rictuses

Alibi: FunZone

Weedsmoke: Puffins in the Arctic


Homework for tonight:

  • Find at least 10 novels with possessive apostrophes in their titles
  • Name all of the varieties of macaroni and cheese currently on the market in the U.S.
  • Compose a 200-word (or longer) argument against the practice of SRI, or ‘Socially Responsible Investing”

5 thoughts on “The Beefeaters’ Briefing

  1. Whose name?

    your homework, in no particular order

    1. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
    2. Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Saul Bellow
    3. Humboldt’s Gift, Ibid.
    4. The Dean’s Becember, Ibid. (chronological hat trick!)
    5. Omsetter’s Luck, William Gass
    6. Willie Master’s Lonesome Wife, Ibid.
    7. Dublin’s Lives, Bernard Malamud
    8. God’s Grace, Ibid.
    9. Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin
    10. The Spider’s House, Paul Bowles

    (it seems to have infected a generation)


    -Doctor Brodie’s Report, Borges
    -My Sister’s Hand in Mine, Jane Bowles
    -Van Gogh’s Room at Arles, Stanley Elkin

    -Joe Gould’s Secret, Joseph Mitchell (not really a novel)
    -This Boy’s Life, Tobias Wolff
    -Everybody’s Autobiography, Gertrude Stein

    -Letters to Wendy’s, Joe Wenderoth

  2. quilty Post author

    Well done, Who’s Name?. I meant to say plural possessive apostrophes: E.g. The Beefeaters’ Mice (as opposed to The Beefeater’s Mice). But because I wasn’t clear about that distinction, you’ll receive full credit.

  3. Whose name?

    Murderers’ Row, Donald Hamilton

    The Women’s Room, Marilyn French

    There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, Louis Sachar

    The Gate to Women’s Country, Sheri S. Tepper

    Mutineers’ Moon, David Weber

    Ladies’ Night, Jack Ketchum

    The Magicians’ Guild, Trudi Canavan.

    An Arsonist’s Guide to Writers’ Homes in New England, Brock Clarke.

    The Merchants’ War, Charlie Stross

    The Secret of Pirates’ Hill (Volume 36 of the Hardy Boys)

  4. Suzanne

    The mistress’s daughter
    the bishop’s daughter
    the heretic’s daughter
    the bonesetter’s daughter
    the gravedigger’s daughter
    the kitchen god’s wife
    the time traveler’s wife

    aw crap I didn’t see your caveat until I came up with this list. I am not deleting it, because I’m still proud that it only took me 15 seconds to think up.


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