Final Jeopardy: Books of the 1960s

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  1. Babs says:

    I knew the answer immediately, but I have read and studied Plath, who wrote many poems but published only one novel. Lisa’s answer to kill a mockingbird just made no sense. The answer had to be something made of glass that could finish the title beginning with the word “the.” This is one where your area of expertise made a difference. I’m looking forward to seeing the Plath exhibit that opened recently at the national portrait gallery in dc. Keep the literary questions coming!

    • VJ says:

      Lisa was pretty strong in lit. She opened this match by getting every clue in Scary Reading. She did parse some clues incorrectly in her 3 games, and that’s likely what happened with this FJ.

      Tough break, and I really did think she would get this. I was sorry to see her go. But hey! The good part is she really cleaned up in the 2 games she won!

  2. TomJo says:

    Anybody have a screen shot of the I’ve been sucking” answer. FUnniest thing I’ve seen in a while

  3. The question was downright confusing. It took a couple of readings to just figure out whether they wanted the author or the title, and somehow the way it was phrased implied that they might be looking for one word, not two. I guess using Sylvia Plath’s name would have made it too easy, but as it was it was not a fair test. These folks should all get a second chance.

  4. Lou says:

    Well, this was tough but does the novel remind you of another author named Virginia woolf that drowned herself due to depression, just like plath, VJ? I wonder if one of woolf’s novels was also alienated? If you remember woolf.was also mentally unstable.

    • VJ says:

      @Lou, when she took her own life, Virginia Woolf was almost twice Sylvia Plath’s age. I can’t say I much care for Plath’s poems and I never read this novel because of that, but I have read her life story and knew about it. There’s another poet, Sara Teasdale, who took her own life in her late 40s. She wrote some of the loneliest poems. I guess the help that was available to them in their lifetimes wasn’t much help and maybe even made their emotionally fragile states worse.

      LINK: 11 clues from this match

      • Lou says:

        It’s sad that none of those authors got any help from the psych ward. Ernest Hemingway also had a mental condition. But he died due to his genetic condition. I always.thought books were meant to bring happiness for authors like plath.and teasdale but I.wonder if the content in caused.then to be depressed, vj?

        • VJ says:

          @Lou, idk, I guess it’s like that 1897 poem Richard Cory. He was rich (yes, richer than a king) and everyone envied him. He went home one night and blew his brains out.

          Fame, talent, wealth — nothing protects people from depression.

  5. VJ says:

    Maybe Alex was a bit rattled when he first gave the FJ answer by Pat’s response. He said “The Glass Jar” first but quickly corrected it. To me, Pat’s response came off as a lame attempt to get Alex to say that word. Can’t imagine any other reason to want to write about his stomach, of all things, in FJ and I wondered if Pat’s wife rolled her eyes when she saw it. If not, I did it for her.

  6. Dalton Higbee says:

    I have never heard of the Bell Jar.

  7. aaaa says:

    45/60 here

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