I keep a list on my computer of things that I am confused about. The first item is “Why aren’t more things made out of NERF?” The second is “why aren’t more things made out of jelly,” and you can see where this is going. But after item 53 (“why aren’t more things made out of used bandannas”) comes an important question: “Is the title to the Yo La Tengo song ‘Tom Courtenay’ a reference to anyone?” And for years I could not figure out the answer, because the song title was just too vague! OH WAIT THANK GOD FOR THIS ARTICLE
Tom Courtenay has been referenced several times in pop culture, for example in the song “Tom Courtenay” by Yo La Tengo.
Whew! Well, that’s one item off the list. But this has me wondering about some other songs I’ve heard lately, such as
“So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright” by Simon and Garfunkel, “James K. Polk” by They Might Be Giants or “Don Henley Must Die” by Mojo Nixon. And I don’t see Wikipedia articles explaining those. Help!
Also: why aren’t more things made out of dried Liquid Paper?