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This Book Is a Milestone Compilation of All of Paul Simon’s Lyrics

Over the course of my lifetime, I have been a huge fan of both Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen for their incredible music and their insightful, powerful poetry. Yet, there’s one musical giant, prominent since the 60s who remains one of the best songwriters of all time: Paul Simon.

 

 

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Though his music is usually more lighthearted in comparison to Dylan’s and Cohen’s songs (with a few exceptions like The Sound of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water), his lyrics still maintain various surfaces of meaning that require careful listening and contemplation. Some of his more upbeat, lighthearted songs such as “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “You Can Call Me Al” which consist of random, confusing lyrics, are still incredibly poetic, and are landmarks in American popular culture.

 

 

In 2016, Paul Simon had a book published, titled Lyrics: 1964-2016. It is an easy-to-read layout of all of Paul Simon’s songs and poetry, from his first album in 1964, to his album released in 2016, Stranger to Stranger.

 

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The book begins with a foreword by the American painter Chuck Close. For the many decades of his professional life as an artist, he claimed that every painting he has created has been painted with Simon’s music playing in the background. The book is then devised into eight chapters, with classic black and white photos of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, and of his original hand written lyrics of some of his most iconic songs, such as “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard,” “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like a Rock,”  “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Slip Sliding Away,” “Boy in the Bubble,” “Graceland,” and many more.

 

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If you are a lifelong fan of Paul Simon, or somebody looking to introduce themselves to the world of his profound writing too, this book is a must-have. 

 

 

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Did You Know These Species Were Named After Iconic Writers?

Did you know there are a great number of living creatures named after various writers? I really did not know how to react after looking at some of these, but I can imagine that it’s quite an honor to find out that you’ve had an entire species named after you. Throughout biological nomenclature, organisms are sometimes given scientific names with the intention to honor somebody. From insects, to plants, to even a variety of fish, there are a plethora of different types of organisms named after influential writers. These are the ones that left me quite confused, yet strangely compelled.

 

Shireplitis

Shireplitis is a group wasps that are native to New Zealand. They are usually black or brown in color, and are about 2mm in body length with narrow wings. Although not clear at first, their genus name derives from the Shire, home of the famous hobbits in J.R.R Tolkien’s series of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. There are five species of Shireplitis named after iconic hobbits, and one named after Tolkien himself.

 

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Shireplitis bilboi (Bilbo Baggins)

Shireplitis frodoi (Frodo Baggins)

Shireplitis samwisei (Samwise Gamgee)

Shireplitis meriadoci (Mariadoc Brandybuck)

Shireplitis peregrini (Peregrin Took)

Shireplitis tolkieni (J.R.R Tolkien)

 

Learning about this in high school would have made biology a lot more fun.

 

Avalanchurus

Avalanchurus is an extinct family of trilobites, which are a group of marine arachnomorph arthropods. The subfamily of Avalanchurus consists of four different species named after four musical icons. Avalanchurus garfunkeli and Avalanchurus simoni are named after Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon, the legendary bestselling folk-rock duo. Avalanchurus lennoni and Avalanchurus starri are named after the singer and drummer of The Beatles, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. It a blend of fascination and surprise that this is even a thing.

 

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Although they are not necessarily authors, Paul Simon is well known as arguably one of the best songwriters of all time.

 

Sonoma twaini

Sonoma is a subfamily of rove beetles that originated from North America. Appearing mostly from the Pacific Slope in Alaska to southern California, there are at least fifty-seven known species. There are many different names for these species, such as sonoma colberti, named after Stephen Colbert, and sonoma stewarti, named after Jon Stewart. Looking through the long list, however, I found sonoma twaini, approriately named after Mark Twain, the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Why there is a family of beetles named after two talk show hosts and a legendary author, I really cannot say. Yet, these names really don’t get more random and erratic than this.

 

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