People Don’t Know Anything

I just read a blog post by Jack Pendarvis (who doesn’t really blog any more) about a googling misadventure that took him to the promontory from where he decided to shout that some people who write for the Internet are really, really dumb.

And that made me think of the time I read an article on the Flavorwire website that said Arthur Rimbaud “falls in love with Tom Verlaine” in the film Total Eclipse. 

Yes, I know, I know: Tom Verlaine was the lead singer of Television. Arthur Rimbaud was, of course, in love with – and shot by – Paul Verlaine.

In fact, I know of two songs right off the top of my head that mention Verlaine, but neither is about nor was written by Tom Verlaine.