Jane will occasionally produce a perfect, implausible arc segment frown, as seen in the popular emoticon :(
"I hope someday to capture that one frown on film. Have you seen it?"
"Yes! Only once or twice though. She doesn't do it very often."
"True. It's rare. It's collectible. It's a get!"
Impossible to find on eBay, too, and there are no frown farmers, the way there are MMORPG gold farmers. (Although imagine if there were! Chain smoking Asian frown farmers working eighteen hours a day in combination internet cafe/creches.)
I found this snippet in an old text file. I wonder if I planned to make something more of it, or if this was all there was:
It is an attempt to loosen the mental blockages to recording information and to scrape away the tartar of convention that handicaps its retrieval. The solution is by nature nonconformist.
"Wow. William Gibson character, is that you? I can't tell what this program is now because I read that part and I can't make any sense of it."
"Yeah, ignore that."
"I can't. It's taken over my brain. It's a virus."
I have no memory of this conversation at all, but it turns out that the program in question was Notational Velocity, which is in fact a very nice little thing, if not in fact by nature particularly nonconformist. Handy for keeping track of my shopping list, though.
Finally, Lizardbreath will be pleased to learn that I have a Georgette Heyer novel on hold at the library. Also a number of Jane Langton books. I can't remember which one of you tipped me off to the fact that she wrote novels for grownups, but I'm excited.
I'm also excited about re-reading the (out of print?) Boyhood of Grace Jones. I never seem to be able to track down the other book about that character, The Majesty of Grace, aka Her Majesty, Grace Jones. Have any of you ever read it?
Oh! PS. If you would like to obtain the original wug test pictures, to test the morphological generalizations of your own loved ones, see here.