4 Jan 2008
Fakh Ruddin' Dirty*
Or: Under The Etruscan Chunder
Or: Regurgitating "Briefly Noted"
"Fakhruddin" sounds rather impolite to these here Philistinian ears of mine and might come across even more so to Mr. Giuliani and also a little like something from a German automobile commercial. It's not as intriguing, though, as some other words within the ken (emphasis and asterisks added below) or a least within spitting distance, of Hugh, Mary and Dot Wordsworth mentioned in a brief book review of Laura Warholic by Alexander Theroux appearing in the Jan 7, 2008 issue of The New Yorker: "...At nearly nine hundred pages, this behemoth of a book seesaws between romantic meditation and frothing jeremiad, and the relentlessly peacocking vocabulary ('obnubilation**,' 'strabismic,' 'lutulence') may test the reader's patience. Still, the hypercerebral Eyestones ["..a sex columnist for the magazine Quink..."] is an indelible character, delighting in arcana ('The Etruscan word for love - flucuthukh - sounds like the act of regurgitation') and musing , 'Arson, kleptomania, compulsive gambling: are all rape?' "