Thursday, July 7, 2011

Take the Mr. Brame Challenge!

This is an actual contest, with winners and prizes and everything.  And you are eligible.

One of my favorite places in Memphis is the plaza outside the Memphis Public Library.  Go there, and you'll find a beautiful sidewalk dedicated to "the history of information," inscribed with some of the world's most famous quotations.  It's just begging to be made into a trivia contest.

The Memphis Public Library
The Rules: I took fifteen pictures at the sidewalk of the Memphis Public Library yesterday, and I am asking you to identify them.  For most of these photos, you will have to identify the author and the work.  For instance, the answer to the picture at the head of this post would be The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.  Some you need to identify an artist, a subject, or something else.

As in any trivia games, you are not allowed to use google, books, references, friends, or anything else other than your head.  If you cheat on this, well, then you'll just have to live with yourself.

How to Enter:  Email the answers to  You don't have to answer all the questions, naturally.  The more you answer, the better your chances.  I will award first and second-place winners on Saturday, July 9, at noon.

Prizes:  I am not sure what you will be getting yet, but it will be something interesting.  And you'll like it!

Ok, let's go!

1. Identify the author and the work:

2. Please translate this oft-quoted saying:

3. Identify the artist and the work:

4. Identify author and work

5. Identify author and work:

6. Identify subject and artist:

7. Identify the bible verse:

8. Identify the authors (of the line above the Cat in the Hat.)

9. Identify author and work: 

10. Identify author and work:

11. Identify author and work:

12. Identify author and work:

13. Identify author and work: 

14. Identify the speaker only:

15.  We will finish with an easy one.  Identify the artist only.

Extra Credit: Which of the above references stirred up enough controversy after the project was finished that it was even mentioned in The New York Times?


  1. Email your answers to

  2. I'm not smart enough to have exact answers, but, like you, I find that plaza fascinating.

  3. I know some of the answers, but I am a librarian at this very library, so I feel like if I get anything wrong, I will be shamed. I do, however, know all about the controversy. Exciting stuff, in a ridiculous way.