What’s In A Name: Iggy

Ms. Publicist: Fifteenth of the month, when we discuss names. You’ve mentioned, Spence, how important names were to you, and that you actually can’t write the character until you have the right name. How about this month we talk about Iggy, Chet’s best pal, especially since this summer’s e-story is called The Iggy Chronicles, Volume 1?

Spencer Quinn: I’m not the first artist (for want of a better word) to fall for the appeal of the name Iggy. In that I stand on the shoulders of Jim Osterberg, Jr. And may I recommend in passing his duet with Francoise Hardy of I’ll Be Seeing You.

Ms. P: And what is the appeal of the name Iggy?

Spence: For me, the appeal was that the character came fully formed as soon as the name popped into my mind. Iggy’s all about id, lack of restraint, totally unselfconscious goofiness and yearning.

Ms. P: And then to have him pretty much shut inside the Parsons’s house for the whole series so far, watching Chet through the window?

Spence: Makes the odd moment when they do get together –

Ms. P: Like the bathroom scene in The Dog Who Knew Too Much?

Spence: All the more explosive.

Ms. P: Thanks, Spence. See you next month.

Tonight at 7, Harvard Coop Bookstore, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA: Spence and Katherine Hall Page.


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78 Responses to “What’s In A Name: Iggy”

  1. Macy the min-pin
    9:22 am on May 15th, 2013


  2. Macy the min-pin
    9:23 am on May 15th, 2013


  3. c.hobbit
    9:37 am on May 15th, 2013

    I’ve been up 40 minutes–I could have been first for once in my life but Macy beat me to it. Oh well. Thanks for the words of wisdom Macy.

  4. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:46 am on May 15th, 2013

    Explosive!…snort!…To say the least! Just thinking about that bathroom scene almost makes me want to laugh out loud…chorkel!

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:47 am on May 15th, 2013

    Good one, Macy!

    Claudie, my sweet old cat friend, is under the quilt. Most of his teeth were pulled yesterday. He’ll be feeling tiptop in no time.

  6. B. Stover
    9:54 am on May 15th, 2013

    Iggy Pop! Yes, that’s who I thought of when I first heard the name. Good description of his personality (dog and man).

    Good morning all.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:02 am on May 15th, 2013

    We love the name Iggy. To us it brings to mind an image of a brown and white Jack Russel type, with a wiry face and a lot of bounce.

    Good morning everyone! Beautiful day here. Lots of outside things on the agenda today.

  8. B. Stover
    10:04 am on May 15th, 2013

    Okay, peach pie coming up. Except…where am I going to get good peaches in May? They are out in July and August. How about chocolate cream pie for now?

    On Monday there was ice on the bird bath. Now it is 80 degrees.

  9. Basil and Sage
    10:17 am on May 15th, 2013

    We sure wish Spence and Katherine Hall Page were coming somewhere that WASN’T Boston. KHP is one of Mama’s very favorite authors, and maybe if she could see the two of them together it would cheer her up.
    Nah – she’s still be a cranky old bat.

    oops – gotta run…literally….

  10. Rose
    10:25 am on May 15th, 2013

    Wonder how names come to Rebecca. Do the dogs whisper their name in her ear, does she just hold them against her and decide who each puppy should be? Pondering here.

  11. dawson
    10:42 am on May 15th, 2013

    Chapter 22. One of the best days ever in Chet and Iggy’s lives. Hope they have many more.
    Okay BStover, I’ll bite. Who is Iggy Pop?
    MacyMinPin: Serenity prayer, revised.
    B&S: Couldn’t you be a cranky old robin instead. I’ve been thinking of those bats that got into the house last year and hoping for no repeats.

  12. B. Stover
    11:13 am on May 15th, 2013

    Dawson: Here’s a link to the Wikipedia article on Iggy Pop–a singer.


  13. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:24 am on May 15th, 2013

    Iggy!…One has to wonder and even possibly ponder why the singer Iggy Pop is someone Stover knows about…snort!…Although, he does have a song called, I Wanna Be Your Dog…chorkel!

  14. B. Stover
    11:36 am on May 15th, 2013

    Rio: Iggy Pop is one of my brother’s favorites.

  15. Staff
    11:36 am on May 15th, 2013

    Barb and Maggie, Sort of reminds me of the Jack Russell named Uggy. snicker.

    Dawson, There will be a pickup ready for you Friday morning at Browne and Green floral. They open at 10.

    an interesting video about a steam operated mill.

  16. B. Stover
    11:38 am on May 15th, 2013

    …and I’m laughing!

  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:53 am on May 15th, 2013

    Laughing!…What are you laughing at Stover?…snort!…Are you thinking of the bathroom scene and all those little soaps?…heh!heh!

  18. O'Howlers
    12:02 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Good morning!
    Really good prayer, Macy, and one we will be saying.
    Dawson, how do you not know who Iggy Pop is?
    Chapter 22 is possibly the best chapter ever written. Ever.
    We here are happy about the final choice for the eStory title.
    Hobbit: you missed it by that much ! heh heh!

  19. Buddy
    12:04 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Wolfie, Please tell Claudie that the same thing happened to me, and I’m none the worse for it.

  20. B. Stover
    12:06 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Rio: I truly love that scene. However, I’m laughing because it’s apparently strange that I know Iggy Pop’s music. (That’s just his persona. I think he is probably an interesting person.)

  21. dawson
    12:24 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Uggy Pop?
    Staff, did you know about uggy Iggy Pop? Also, why on earth are you buying me flowers? I’m not dead yet. I’m only napping.

  22. Staff
    12:34 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Just practicing Dawson. Naps are good.

  23. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:19 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Yawn!…Did someone mention a nap?…snort!…I could go for one right now, or at least another one…heh!

    E-Story!…I hope we find out a lot more about Mr. and Mrs. Parsons in the upcoming Iggy Chronicles…snort!

  24. Melanie
    2:22 pm on May 15th, 2013

    I have a confession to make . . I have no idea who Iggy Pop is and I will not be doing the link right now. It is time to read, and hopefully put my back up out of the “S” it is in.


    In Chapter 22, and also agree best ever chapter, how Chet is when he meets the plumber going in as he is going out.

  25. Melanie
    2:29 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Today was bath time for Grace. She is a lot of dog, enough said.

    After that we had the discussion on the fence, again. And I proved that using an electric drill to try to get the screws out, and then a crowbar and a hammer to try to get the wood apart, does not work. Enough said.

    The Raven did a good job on the fence.

    Next I got to what I was going to do today, transplant the strawberries.
    I’ll take a picture tomorrow because it started raining. That’s all you need to know.

    Now I’m going to make like Dawson and Riö and take a nap.

  26. Siber-H
    2:41 pm on May 15th, 2013

    We love Iggy, the dog, and can’t wait for the e-story.
    This has already been mentioned, but we are laughing because Stover knows who Iggy Pop is.

    Mom and Molly’s Mom have been working all morning on getting our air conditioners (swamp coolers) up and running. Mom is tired and grumpy but she will live. I now have cool air!!!

    We hope Sharon is doing okay.

  27. O'Howlers
    3:33 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Siber, we were wondering about HOH too. We were hoping we’d hear from her.

  28. Melanie
    3:48 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Siber-H, had to look up swamp coolers. Not some drink with little alilgator stirers. 🙂
    Swamp coolers would not work here. Too much humidity.

    Wölfie, tell Claude we hope he feels beftr soon.

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:56 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Swampy!…My friend has a swamp cooker that rolls around on wheels…snort!…It looks sort of like a 4 foot tall robot. She fills it with water and then turns it on and nice cool air comes out of it…wheeze!…We don’t use it at her mothers house because gawd forbid it would get below 78 degrees in the house…gasp!

  30. Siber-H
    4:33 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Swamp coolers are a very primitive design, but they work well here. They are up on our roofs and always require something like new pads, new water line, or a new water pump. It can be a hundred trips up and down the ladder to the roof. Having a flat roofed house does make this much easier. Mom still loves swamp coolers instead of AC because with them you can have windows open.

  31. Herd of Hounds
    5:52 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Don’t pay the ransom.Mom is under the quilt (and probably hogging the snacks). She will have more to say tomorrow.

  32. Tenzing
    6:12 pm on May 15th, 2013

    HOH: Glad your mom checked in with everyone from the quilt. I’m not allowed to play with sharp objects like knives. Perhaps you should make the same rule for her.

  33. Melanie
    6:13 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Golinka is under the quilt with Tenzing and HOH’s mom. She says hi, and will be back soon.

  34. Tenzing
    6:32 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Wose is with us, too. We’re some hot wings short of a party.

  35. Siber-H
    6:39 pm on May 15th, 2013

    HOH, Glad you reported in.

    Where is Bear? He said he would return today but he hasn’t.

  36. B. Stover
    6:46 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Sharon: I’m glad you’re okay.

  37. Melanie
    7:03 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Didn’t Franklin blur in some hot wings? He said he would NOT eat them. sigh.

    Here is the old oil tank. I “guess” I can see why it was leaking. snicker.
    Zoe said it was older than she was, but then said no. The house still had wood heat then.

  38. Wose
    7:11 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Sharon, glad you are doing well, and tucked under the quilt.

  39. Wose
    7:13 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Tenzing, You are the very best pillow I’ve ever had.

  40. Wose
    7:21 pm on May 15th, 2013

    O’Howlers: Tomorrow, there will be an envelope winging its way to you. You will know it is from me because it has a Wizard of Oz return address sticker, and some really fun Pixar stamps. Please do not let Kat chew the envelope. When my envelope comes the other item you received will make sense.

  41. Wose
    7:23 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Where is my wise and wonderful Bear, and my dear friend Masquers?

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:34 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Hot Wings!…Did someone mention Hot Wings??..snort!snort!…Why am I not eating any right now?…grunt!

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:04 pm on May 15th, 2013

    SiberH!…The sky is falling all around me…snort!…Not here but I bet it is on Rockies field…grunt!…I’m guessing there will be a rain delay. Hopefully now, but there is a lot of lightning and they don’t mess around with that stuff…wheeze!

  44. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:05 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Crap!…This crap spelling thing keeps changing my words…grump!…I liked it when we made our own spelling errors…sniff!

  45. Siber-H
    8:23 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Rio, The Rockies are playing in Chicago, but I don’t know what the weather is doing there.
    Barb, What is the weather doing at your place?

    It is just cloudy here…no exciting weather.

  46. Siber-H
    8:35 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Weather is good for baseball in Chicago

  47. SnowBella
    9:00 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Creator, we thank thee for one another, this family we have chosen. Each of us is unique and plays a different role. Each is special and appreciated. At this time, we ask thee to be with those who need calm and comforting, heath and healing of body, mind or spirit. They are special to us.

    We thank thee for Leonard’s progress in his recovery. Please be with Golinka who is the caregiver to all those in her household. She gives so much of herself to them. She gives so much of herself to us. Please let her body heal from fatigue, her mind be freed from stress, and her heart restored from worry. We also ask a special blessing that others will appreciate her talents that she and Leonard may be able to have the financial gain they need as they begin another season of art shows. They are special to us.

    Creator, please be with each Plunderer in the way that they need. Many of our chosen family reach out to us in their trials and others struggle in silence. Be with them through extended periods huddled under the Quilt, and let them know we love them. For those with recent medical procedures or concerns, please provide them with a quick and proper recovery, and let them know we love them. For those who have hearts who bend with the trials of family whether two or four-legged, please keep them from breaking and let them know we love them. For those who step into new adventures in living or professional pursuits, please help them calmly navigate the unknown and let them know we love them. For our Chosen Family please help and heal them, calm and comfort them, guide and direct them. Let them feel thy hand and know it is thee. Each is special to us.

    Creator, we thank thee for our Chosen Family. Each is unique and plays a different role. Each is special and appreciated. Thank you for the thread of each of us that creates our Quilt.


  48. dawson
    9:02 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Amen and thank you.

  49. Siber-H
    9:20 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Amen and Thank you, Rebecca. You said it all beautifully.

  50. BearSpiritDog
    9:22 pm on May 15th, 2013

    SnowBella: Your Beautiful Prayer means so much. Thank You from our Hearts.
    HerbKats: It is so Very Good to hear from you. The Royals are missed!
    All under the Quilt: Have a Restful Sleep.
    Dream Well Everyone – Bear

  51. Barb & Maggie
    9:24 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Amen, very well done Rebecca. Thank you.

    Weather is good here, Siber. No problems with a game.

    So funny – Bee knows who Iggy/Pop is and we have no clue!

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on May 15th, 2013

    SiberH!…Of course they are playing at Wrigglys Field…snort!…How could I forget That!…chorkel!…No rain there thank goodness…heh!

  53. Melanie
    9:53 pm on May 15th, 2013



  54. dawson
    10:13 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Melanie and Barb & Maggie: I am glad I am not the only one who never heard of Iggy Pop.

    Staff: I hope you excuse my rudeness this morning after you were so sweet as to send me flowers. I cannot remember the last time someone sent me flowers (wait…Terry did on Mother’s Day) and it kinda made me cry. (I’m having “one of those days”)

    Dad got his new teeth today, finally. Unfortunately, they don’t work immediately so we had pureed Steak Diane for supper. (sigh)

    Think I’ll take a siesta under the quilt for a little bit. Rose, can I share your pillow?

  55. Tenzing
    10:19 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Dawson: Did you bring a deck of cards? Nap first, then cars.

  56. Siber-H
    10:23 pm on May 15th, 2013

    You guys that have never heard of Iggy Pop…that is quite understandable. He is not a well-known singer. He is from the Rock underground, I guess you might say. What is unusual and funny is that Stover knows who he is.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Underground!…I wish this game was underground where I did not have to see it…grump!…What the hell happened?…wheeze!

    Stover!…She is a Dark Horse….heh!heh!

  58. Gus and BooBear
    10:41 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Amen and thanks, Rebecca.

  59. Siber-H
    10:45 pm on May 15th, 2013

    This game went from bad to worse.

  60. dawson
    10:45 pm on May 15th, 2013

    SiberH: I know…if anyone would not know who Iggy Poput is, I would expect it to be BStover, but I would be SOL on that expectation.

    Tenzing: But…you are already nekkid! Well, I guess we can play purely for fun. After my nap.

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Dawson!…When it comes to food and older people…sniff!…we know exactly what you are going through…grunt!

  62. Tenzing
    10:51 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Dawson: I raided my Lady’s closet on a hunch that I’d see you under the quilt. I packed a duffle of her clothes. I just need to change in to them—all of them—before we start playing.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Tripping!…The oldest one in this house is shipping out for duty this Friday night…snort!…She is off to Iowa to see the dysfunctional parts of the family…heh!heh!…Are we excited or what???….wooooo!

  64. Siber-H
    10:54 pm on May 15th, 2013

    We are turning in. Mom is tired from the swamp cooler day, and I am am tired from being the on site supervisor for that project.

    It is too late in this baseball game to say GO ROCKIES!!

    night all

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Rockies!…They have gone!gone!gone! down the stinker tonight…grunt!…We will get them next time dammit!…grrrrr!

  66. Tenzing
    11:00 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Friday night:01 I suspect Rio will be putting on his white socks and sliding across the floor a la Risky Business. I’ve never seen the movie, but I know the scene.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Risky!..heh!heh!…You got that right Mr. Tenzing. I’d ask you over for the party, but I know you are busy securing Snowhook day and night….sniff!

  68. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:07 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Mom says that Claudie’s painkillers cost $120 for a teensy little bottle. And Claudie and the dancing giraffes say they are worth every last cent!

  69. Tenzing
    11:11 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Wolfie: The dancing giraffes never lie.

    Rio: I might be able to break away from security duty if I can get someone to fill my shift. I wonder what Belle Starr has on her calendar…Nope, better not risk it.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:12 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Bellie!…On Security Duty – I don’t see it…sniff!

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Bling!…Although, she might temporarily blind any trespassers with her bling, maybe buying enough time for Luna to grab the pant leg and let them have it!…chuffle!

  72. Staff
    11:15 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Thank you so much Snowbella. You did good.

    We are tired after a long day driving and staring at beautiful flowers. I also saw my first Ruby-throated hummer of the season at the greenhouse. Now I am going to take my nap. It will last until morning I hope. Then I have to get up and start planting things. I got two Red Lake Currant bushes and a Scarlett Dropmore Honeysuckle vine. They are hardy to zone TWO!

    nighty noodle all.

  73. Staff
    11:20 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Dawson, You are forgiven. Actually I didn’t know you were being a rude, just thought you were being a smarty pants. So typical for us. Heh heh heh.
    I sure hope those teeth get broken in soon. Such a pain to puree everything.

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:24 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Staff!…My friend is sad tonight, she wishes she had a sister to send flowers to…sniff!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:28 pm on May 15th, 2013

    Tired!…Well, after all the couch cushion chewing and so forth during that game we are tired and going up to our cool soft beds…sniff!…Last night they were hot soft beds, but because of all the cloud cover I’m hoping they are cool soft beds tonight…wuffle!…When Beau is hot he sleeps on his back with his legs up in the air. Never a pretty sight…grunt!

  76. Tenzing
    12:28 am on May 16th, 2013

    Luna is great at security. Belle Starr is great at not being great at security.

    Night noodles.

  77. Macy the min-pin
    12:58 am on May 16th, 2013

    Amen and good night

    Melanie, how long has Zoe lived in that house?

  78. Wose
    6:21 am on May 16th, 2013

    Amen. Thank you, Rebecca for your lovely prayer.

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