Dr. Spielvogel is the psychiatrist to whom Alexander Portnoy tells his story in Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint.
- How do you spell the name Swift gave to his race of rational horses in Gulliver’s Travels (1726)? The name Swift gave to his race of rational horses in Gulliver's Travels is spelt Houyhnhnms. Their subjects, a race of nasty human-like creatures, had an easier name: Yahoos.
- Which actor did Raymond Chandler think gave the best performance as Detective Philip Marlowe? Raymond Chandler thought Dick Powell, in Murder, My Sweet (1945), gave the best performance as Detective Philip Marlowe.
- What is the name of the female character killed by Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in Psycho (1960)? Marion Crane, played by Janet Leigh the female character murdered by Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in Psycho (1960). Her boyfriend is Sam Loomis (John Gavin) and her sister is Lila Crane (Vera Miles).
- When did Jacqueline Kennedy lead a nationally televised tour of the White House? Jacqueline Kennedy lead a nationally televised tour of the White House in 1962.
- What is a Bolero and what does Ravel have to do with it? A bolero is a lively Spanish dance in 3/4 time with a strongly marked rhythm. The dancers perform intricate steps while keeping time with castanets. Maurice Ravel published a well-known orchestral version of…
- What is the first line of Philip Roth’s The Great American Novel (1973)? The first line of Philip Roth's The Great American Novel is "Call me Smitty." Through his narrator, Word Smith, Roth not only spoofs Melville, but Hawthorne, Twain, Hemingway, and all other writers who…