This Week in Milford

May 11, 2015

His Sister’s Name Is Calpurnia

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Exploding Eyeball Syndrome — nedryerson @ 3:57 am

May 11, 2015

Uh oh, True Standish is going all Leonard Maltin on Boo Radley. I’ll bet he can whistle selections of the Elmer Bernstein score.

Seriously, is this conversation needed at this point? I guess I take for granted that we’ve been chewing on this whole sassy girl with a quirky name thing for a month. This is all new information for Gil Thorp’s devoted teen readership, maybe? That is teens who use phrases like “big-screen debut” in conversation.



  1. Messing with Boo is a good way to get a fastball straight at your wedding tackle.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 11, 2015 @ 4:45 am

  2. “, of course, his big-screen debut.” Well, of course! Look out Boo, True be out-douchin’ you just now.

    Comment by g2design — May 11, 2015 @ 6:43 am

  3. Is baseball/softball season over already? Is Standish’s IMDB screen name really TrueLies97?

    Comment by billytheskink — May 11, 2015 @ 7:18 am

  4. Ah, so True’s role is to be the antithesis of Boo, parrying her hamfisted snark with clever jabs of his own…
    This is gonna end up as “True an’ Boo, sittin’ in a tree…” I can see it already. “The Taming Of The Shrew” this ain’t.
    By the by, in P1, is Marjie going undercover? A bit chunky, yes, but still, a close resemblance to our favorite Bespectacled Woman Of Letters.

    Comment by FoolyRain — May 11, 2015 @ 8:01 am

  5. “Your sister is named Scout?”

    “Nah, but I’m being watched by scouts. They’re usually disguised as hams.

    Comment by teenchy — May 11, 2015 @ 8:45 am

  6. Panel one’s “Chunky Marjie” has an interesting expression as she looks inside that bottle. She seems to be thinking “Yes, you are a formidable opponent, chocolate milk. But you are mine, all mine! And I will swiftly swallow you down!”

    Comment by Moon Mullins — May 11, 2015 @ 12:57 pm

  7. Ever since the panel last week when True asked if he could park at the table, the focus has been on True and Boo, with their faces in close-ups or just the two of them leaning in. It was amusing to me to see that the scene this morning “widened out” to reveal that Nosey Nancy* has likely been staring at and listening intently to this whole dopey conversation.
    “Hey, I have some thoughts on Robert Duvall!”
    “Stow it, Nancy! I’m Hepburn and he’s Tracy. Your input isn’t needed.”

    (Yes, today’s teens are just wild about Hepburn and Tracy. It’s like one of them there memes or something.)

    *Maybe that’s Amy. I can’t remember which one was supposed to be Amy.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 11, 2015 @ 1:24 pm

  8. I agree with Ned though he did not put it in these terms. The spring story is True and Boo and I am looking forward to it, a testy courtship between two of the most interesting characters we have seen in years. Consider the alternatives: we could be reading about an outfielder obsessed with applying Austrian School economic theory to baseball.

    Comment by vaganova — May 11, 2015 @ 4:35 pm

  9. Calpurnia? Nay! I’ll say it agin – His sister’s name is Addison.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — May 11, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

  10. Downpuppy, the sibling story sounds like jumping the shark, but then again, this is Mfnrd and sharks get jumped all the time. I will be on the lookout for False (Art Standish) going “urk” upon seeing Boo’s mom at the Sub Standard.

    Comment by vaganova — May 11, 2015 @ 5:53 pm

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