Or so one Steve Lightfoot claims. He even wrote a book about it in 1995, Stephen King Shot John Lennon. It is scandalously out of print, or perhaps that is also part of the conspiracy that has Nixon and Reagan collaborating to take out Lennon and end his peace protests. You can read more about this conspiracy in the delightful article 10 Crazy Literary Conspiracy Theories. There you will also learn that J.K. Rowling is not a real person, Lewis Carroll was Jack The Ripper, and Charlote Bronte, jealous of her sisters’ success conspired with Arthur Bell Nicholls to poison them and Branwell. I dunno, by all accounts Branwell did a pretty good job of poisoning himself.
It is hilarious the things people decide are perfectly logical explanations. You know, Jane Austen is often criticized for not mentioning the Napoleonic War in her novels. I am pretty sure that is because her novels were actually code books for the British army and to mention Napoleon in them, well, that would just be a tip off, wouldn’t it? Nah, I’m not buying it. Obviously I am no good at conspiracy theories.
A blind date with a book, on the other hand, would be totally awesome (via Library Stuff). Drake Memorial Library at College at Brockport selected a variety of books and films from their stacks, wrapped them in brown paper, wrote clues on them like “I’m good in bed,” and then created a display. It’s been a big success. What a great idea! Too bad we can’t do something like that at my library. No one wants to go on a date with A Guide to Toxic Torts.
If you are looking for inspiration rather than love, you might find it on this list of 50 Books to Inspire Artists of All Kinds.
Or, you can just forget about all that and get yourself over to peruse the latest issue of Ada. It’s all about feminist science fiction and the articles look fantastic. I know what I will be reading this weekend.