I know David put up the ukulele cover of The Smiths song by Zoe Woodbury-High before he took off, but I also ran across this at the Dizzies blog, referring to review in The Nation of the new Thomas Pynchon:
The biggest surprise, not counting the space devoted to Lake Baikal, white slavery, Tamerlane's tomb and Jonah and the whale, is an astonishing excess of ukuleles. I mean, they show up more often than doggerel and puns. There is even a ukulele version of Chopin's Nocturne in E minor.To bring this full circle and relevant to the 33 1/3 series, I should mention that there is ALSO an astonishing excess of ukuleles in the Magnetic Fields' 69 Love Songs, and LD Beghtol's 33 1/3 field guide to the album devotes 2 whole pages to the instrument in the 69LS lexicon segment of the book (comes right before the entry on "unboyfriendable").
—John Leonard, "Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind," The Nation
"Everyone looks cute playing the uke." --Stephin Merritt