Percy wanted to thank the Titan, but his voice wouldn´t work. His legs buckled. His ears rang. Through a red glow of pain, he saw Annabeth, a few yards away, wandering blindly towards the edge of the cliff.
It’s no secret that PJ Harvey has a bookish bent. She’s guest-designed an issue (PDF) of the literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story and, as we discussed in an earlier PJ Harvey Tuesday, referenced T. S. Eliot. So it should come as no great surprise that her 1998 album Is This Desire? bites a few moves from literary sources. In particular, the first single, “A Perfect Day Elise,” takes its title and several of its lines from “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” the first of the famous Glass family stories by yet another double-initialed author: J. D. Salinger. (Trivia buffs will note that the first track, “Angelene,” also steals a line from a Salinger story—”Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes”—but the similarities more or less end there.)