Thanks to our correspondent who goes by the mysterious sobriquet of "Make mine a double" -- to what could Sir or Madam possibly be referring? -- you might have gathered that last week's fine quotation comes from the mouth of the character Catherine in David Auburn's 2001 play, Proof. John Madden's movie adaptation, starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Catherine, has just opened in the US ... Anyone know if the reference to Dewey made it to the big screen?
Onward to this week's competition (for which, thanks Jeff!). Author and title please ...
Dewey took Manila
and soon after invented the decimal system
that keeps libraries from collapsing even unto this day.
A lot of mothers immediately started naming their male offspring "Dewey,"
which made him queasy. He was already having second thoughts about imperialism.
In his dreams he saw library books with milky numbers
on their spines floating in Manila Bay.