Speak, dead famous person! Speak!
July 28, 2012
Carrington Vanston

The Bakka Phoenix book shop is still my favourite Toronto purveyor of ink on pulp. High school me misses the original Bakka location on Queen Street, but crotchety old me now shuffles up to 84 Harbord whenever I want to nab a handful of science fiction or fantasy books.

Bakka Phoenix is having a contest for tickets to see Paranorman: "If you could speak to one dead famous person, who would it be?"

Here is my entry:

If I could speak to one dead famous person I'd pick Dorothy Parker. I love her writing and wit, plus she had a proven track record of being an interesting lunch companion.

Also, just in case this "speak to the dead" contest is a ruse to get me into a room with a zombie, I think I could take her. Then again, if Parker found herself in a reanimated state, she could probably cope enough to still be interesting to converse with--after all, she did spend much of her adult life pickled. I'm betting she'd be less "unnggh, braaaains!" and more "oh, this again."

As a bonus, if I could get my copy of Enough Rope signed by the author and dated 2012, I would as they say "never pay for another drink again." And I think she'd find that deliciously ironic.

Wish me luck. If I win, anyone want to catch an animated zombie movie with me this Wednesday?

Update: Woo hoo, I won. Bring on the film fun.

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