Ugh, The Tudors is the WORST although I am probably bitter cause I once tried to sneak onto set (parts of it were filmed in the castle up the road from me) and was ceremoniously turfed out.
@jfruh See, the thought of studying any writing pre-Skelton makes me want to fall asleep but then I read something like this and I get classicist envy.
@Myles Tanzer This is a dream class! I'm speculating on what I'd assign on the syllabus...
This is twinned with Daniel Handler's Basic Eight in my head as "sneaky sexy books about college that I read just before I went to college man oh man where are my posh aesthete friends and murder victims?". A+.
The Ballad of Dorothy Parker for first, always and forever!
18. Girls! Girls! Girls!
13. Never Said
12. Dance of the Seven Veils
11. Strange Loop
9. Johnny Sunshine
8. Explain It To Me
6. Help Me Mary
4. Soap Star Joe
3. Fuck and Run
1. Divorce Song
Another (apocryphal?) addendum to the Dorothy Sayers story is that the original bird in Gilroy's Guinness zoo was a pelican, but Sayers convinced them to change it to a toucan in order to pun on "two cans", etc.
Also my new Favourite Thing! I'm going to use it myself.
Oh, they just sort of have a facial similarity, no? Plus, I suppose, both are very talented, no-nonsense Boss Ladies who are so monolithic in their respective fields that they can kinda get away with diva-ish behahaviour and bizarr-o career choices (that book on dogs that Garber wrote? Patti LuPone appearing on Glee?).
I agree with your last point. Marjorie Garber is the Patti LuPone of academia.