Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Of Liars,Paul Linkletter and Erinna Mettler's Starlings

This evening I did one of my favorite things--attended a Liars League event at the Phoenix Pub at Cavendish Square. This group brings in actors to give animated readings of short stories. A great idea. This evening, among the stories, an actress read a lovely story by Erinna Mettler, "Underneath." During the intermission, they held a literary quiz. The question was, according to Noel Coward, these go out in the noonday sun. The answer is "Mad Dogs and Englishmen." I got it and won Mettler's new novel "Starlings." I knew the answer because a few years ago I'd seen Paul Linkletter, a friend, lovely person, and talented tenor perform the song with the F.R.E.D. Chamber Players in New York.

So thanks to Paul Linkletter. And Erinna Mettler. I look forward to reading the book soon.


  1. Thanks, dear friend, for the kindness and the praise. And for mentioning F.R.E.D. It's not everyday an 8o-year old mocking song about English Imperialism sung by an American in an exaggerated accent could get somebody something--as opposed to them just helping themselves. Yes, a (weak) joke in Noel Coward's honour.

  2. Hey Gus - it was nice to meet you and I'm glad you liked the story and picked Starlings as your prize.