I am currently reading Case Histories by Kate Atkinson and needed to share this quote. I am a huge Kate Atkinson fan, but, as many of you know if you follow me on twitter, a huge TV fan as well. I grew up in a family of people who like science and medicine and my mother, a nurse, would be up late at night watching ER. I used to get out of bed and hide in the living room so I could catch a glimpse of that wonderful TV show my parents say was broadcasted too late for me to be up and watch it. Liars. I could be up to watch that gorgeous raven-haired nurse I admired so much, that is, the wonderful Julianna Margulies. Today, in Case Histories, I found this, and the thought of my bookish and TV life meeting is just a dream come true.

“I only came to make an appointment”, the woman said. Late thirties, jeans, T-shirt, thonged sandals, she looked fit (Jackson imagined kick-boxing) but she had dark shadows under her eyes. A Sarah Connor type. Or that nurse from ER that all men knew they would treat so much better than her on-screen boyfriends did.

Isn’t it the coolest thing? I love pop-culture references in literature 🙂 Have you encountered any references like this one?



  • Leah

    That is fantastic! I can’t think of any pop-culture references in literature that I really love, but there’s a pop-culture reference in a song that always makes me laugh. In their song “Stereo,” Pavement, an American indie band in the ’90s, have a few lines about the singer from Rush, a Canadian rock band. The Rush singer, Geddy Lee, has a really unique, kind of high voice, and there’s a brilliantly weird back-and-forth in this Pavement song that goes,
    “What happened to the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy.”
    “I know him, and he does.”
    “And you’re my fact-checkin’ cuz.”

    Something about the way it’s sung just cracks me up every time I hear it!

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