What’s In A Name?

Mrs. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when Peter Abrahams aka Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from one of his books, often a Chet and Bernie. What’ll it be today?

Pete: How about Heart of Barkness?

Mrs. P: The latest Chet and Bernie? Take it away!

Pete: Well, then, let’s take a look at Flaco de Vargas, the aging and half-blind wrangler at Rancho de la Luna, a supporting character.

Mrs. P: The one whose brother Hector co-wrote How You Hung the Moon with Lotty Pilgrim, whose secret past is central to the story?

Pete: Whoa! Spoiler alert. But yes – that’s him. Country music – and country music from down on the border – is pretty much always in the background in Heart of Barkness. The truth is I set out to write a novel reminiscent of a murder ballad. I stole the name Flaco from Flaco Jimenez, the great Mexican musician.

Mrs. P: What if I told you I hunted around on YouTube and found him playing on an actual murder ballad?

Pete: That would be great, but not exactly a surprise.

Mrs. P: Thanks, Pete! See you next month for more of What’s In A Name!


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7 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    11:54 am on November 15th, 2019

    What a voice! Flaco may have been skinny once but behind that accordion he’s a big dude! Thanks for the song Spencer.

    Have a great day everyone!

  2. B. Stover
    12:48 pm on November 15th, 2019

    Good afternoon all.

  3. Mr. Big
    2:15 pm on November 15th, 2019

    My name, whether it is Mr. Big or Mr. Way 2 Big, needs no explanation and I wear both proudly. Attendant was just comparing me to Cinderblock, a cat who weighs 25 pounds and has gained sudden fame on the internet. I figure that I am 2.3 pounds away from greatness! I can do it. Today the Chet blog and tomorrow the world! I am ready for fame and fortune and will not be denied. And I have no plans on being humble about it.

    BBL, gotta eat.

  4. MR. BIG
    3:40 pm on November 15th, 2019

    Mission accomplished and the kibble bowl is empty. I will be giving ol Cinderblock a run for the money (minus the running part). Time for a nap on the heating bathroom floor. My attendant is the best and I am one happy kitty.

  5. BooBear
    5:10 pm on November 15th, 2019

    Mr. Big is a cat on a mission! Keep eating, my friend! Fame is just a few strips of bacon away!

  6. Mr. Way 2 Big
    5:23 pm on November 15th, 2019

    Things have taken a strange turn….
    My attendant lugged me to the computer and pushed play. Wot is this? Ol Cinderblock is sitting in water {{{shiver}}} with one paw moving on a treadmill [[[shudder]]] yelling loudly WHY WHY WHY. This is the very stuff of nightmares for any cat.
    Attendant explains that Cinderblock is famous because of his reaction to being put on a diet and exercise program. I hear you Cinderblock, loud and clear!! As attendant replays the video, I lay on the keyboard to make it stop. I don’t want to give my attendant any ideas when things are going so well for both of us.


  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:18 pm on November 15th, 2019

    Fat!…Kats! Everywhere!….yeeep!…We were not able to play that video (thank dawg!). I am gearing up for Thanksgiving and have no plans to thin-down at this time…sniff!…I’m sure I out-way any Kat on this blog by golly…grunt!

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