Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pick Your Favorite Caption

Many of you have seen little exercises similar to the one I'm kicking off here at The Book Den this morning. An old illustration or cartoon is printed and readers are invited to come up with their own humorous captions. There was an especially good contest of this sort that ran for decades (and probably still does) in the Spectator (U.K.). Very fun.

Well, the game here is a bit different. The blog isn't that well designed for interactivity and the captions will be not be invented by readers anyway. Instead, existing quotations will merely be offered for you to decide which could best be applied to the illustration.

Let's give it a try. Look at this funky photo and then decide which quotation printed underneath is the most fitting/most comic/most profound or whatever. If you'd like to vote, that's fine. Contact us through You can also use the same e-mail address if you've got a nifty quotation for us to add. can just read the list and enjoy. Here goes:

"When I wear high heels I have a great vocabulary and I speak in paragraphs. I'm more eloquent. I plan to wear them more often." Actress, Meg Ryan

“If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes.” Anonymous

"Every man must wear out at least one pair of fool's shoes." Charlie Chan creator, Earl Derr Biggers

"Yet if a woman never lets herself go, how will she ever know how far she might have got? If she never takes off her high-heeled shoes, how will she ever know how far she could walk or how fast she could run?" Feminist author, Germaine Greer

"What a strange power there is in clothing." Author, Isaac Bashevis Singer

"High heels were invented by a woman who had been kissed on the forehead." Novelist and poet, Christopher Morley

"Judging from the ugly and repugnant things that are sometimes in vogue, it would seem as though fashion were desirous of exhibiting its power by getting us to adopt the most atrocious things for its sake alone." German sociologist, Georg Simmel

"I don't know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot." Actress, Marilyn Monroe

“If a woman rebels against high-heeled shoes, she should take care to do it in a very smart hat." Author and playwright, George Bernard Shaw

"Never wear anything that panics the cat." Author, P.J. O'Rourke