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24 Marts 2004 @ 12:32
Based on a true story  

Just in case you were wondering, the saga of George Bernard Psschaughal I posted recently was, in fact, based on a true story. Not a story about George Bernard Psschaughal, mind you (or even George Bernard Shaw), nor for that matter a story about English spelling conventions, but a story about a playwright attempting to collect a Nobel prize.

It is said that when Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson went to pick up his Nobel (which would have been in 1903, if memory serves), he was intercepted at the door and asked to show his invitation. Indignantly he replied, "Don't you know who I am? You are speaking to the greatest playwright in Norway!" Whereupon the hapless Swedish doorman contritely responded, "I beg your pardon, Herr Ibsen."

(This story is recounted from memory; I am fairly sure that I first read it in Michael Meyer's biography of Ibsen. I have nothing further to add except to say that if someone starts a band called the Hapless Swedish Doormen, I will eagerly buy their first album.)

Nuværende humør: goodgood
Nuværende musik: Redundant Steaks, "August Strindberg"