The Arts Meme...
Name a book that you want to share so much that you keep giving away copies:
Angry Candy, Harlan Ellison (The most gifted short story writer of our time.)
Name a piece of music that changed the way you listen to music:
String Quartet #5, Philip Glass - This piece was commissioned by Kronos Quartet, and I had the good fortune to hear them play it at the Kennedy Center in 1995. I sat transfixed, tears streaming down my face...but with my hands clenched in complete and utter frustration as I watched a third the audience walk out. At that moment I realized that my tastes were so different than 9 in 10 classical music patrons, that every performance I attended from then on would a struggle to seek out and hear modern music.
Name a film you can watch again and again without fatigue:
Oh...so many films...but I'll make this easy and apologize in advance for picking something so pedestrian. The Incredibles. Pixar has yet to produce a film yet that I didn't enjoy. The Incredibles is the best from the most consistent studio in movie history.
Name a performer for whom you suspend of all disbelief:
Helen Mirren - She's the best actress of her generation, maybe of any generation.
Name a work of art you'd like to live with:
Cirque Calder (Calder's Circus), Alexander Calder - A tremendous achievement and entertaining!
Name a work of fiction which has penetrated your real life:
Speaker for the Dead, Orson Scott Card - I'm not religious, but if I had to decide on how I'd like to be memorialized I'd want a 'Speaker' to stand and tell my life as it was, not how I would want nor how it could have been. If you haven't read the book, it's hard to explain. If you have, then you already know what I mean.
Name a punch line that always makes you laugh:
"I suggest you not underestimate the staggering drawing power of the
Garden State, and show up two hours in advance."
...followed closely by:
"No pleasure, no rapture, no exquisite sin greater... than central air." (Can you guess which film?)
Tom Hilton tagged me, and now it's my turn. Cranky Daze, Sewmouse, and the Undeniable Liberal get the nod.
UPDATE: Sewmouse and Cranky Daze have done their's.
Book i give away over and over - Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry pratchet. (If you haven't read it yet Kvatch you should... you'll enjoy it)
And i'm with you on the incredibles... :)
I ordered Angry Candy just on the strength of your recommendation. My book would be Post Office by Bukowski.
Too many pieces of music, but maybe Fade to Black by Metallica. Sad what's become of them.
One of the films I can watch endlessly without fatigue is The Big Lebowski.
Skipping down... Fiction that penetrated my life... If I Die In a Combat Zone... By Tim O'Brien. That book really made me devote my academic work--which is on pause--to the study of war and popular culture.
Nice post there frogman.
SA, I'm only now becoming a Bukowski fan. Received Hot Water Music and The Last Night Of The Earth Poems for Christmas and am reading them now. Excellent stuff, especially the poetry.
Tom, Sumo...I even like Helen Mirren in the cheezy stuff : 2010, Excaliber. But she really shines in The Queen If she doesn't get the Oscar this year...
Movie: Dr. Strangelove & of course The Big Leibowski & Dogma.
Kronos: I had a similar experience when they played in San Diego. Made the mistake of going with insensitive friends who left during intermission. Sad to see so many empty seats for the 2nd half. I was especially fascinated with the woman and her cello, the many things she used for a bow to get different sounds.
What? You consider Excalibur "cheezy"? Helen Mirren was/is so beautiful. I also liked Cate Blanchett as a younger Queen Bess.
The Book (Speakers for the Dead) sounds intriguing. I'll check it out. Thanks! ~~ D.K.
About Speaker for the Dead... It's the second book in a multi-book series that started with Ender's Game. You'd really need to read that first. It's very good, but a bit dated, and a bit more 'hard-core' SciFi than SftD.
My god, Dogma was a good film. And when I saw it, a whole passel of people walked out of the movie. Strange.
But two movies I love, and quote frequently, is the ORIGINGAL version of The Producers with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder; and Waiting for Guffman, which is just hilarious.
Books I'd give away are many, but include "The Life of Pi", a beautiful story of survival and imagination; and "The Things they Carried," a heatbreacking account of the Viet Nam war. And "Angle of Repose."
You are right on about Helen Mirren, though. She's amazing. The Queen was an incredible film, too.
Music, for me, is tough - I'm not well educated musically, and am open to a lot of things, but can't remember.
Diva, absolutely, the ORIGINAL The Producers! I just caught the remake & wondered WHY? WHY? Nathan Lane was good, though. Waiting for Guffman is a favorite, too, as are all C. Guest films.
Husband read The Things They Carried, raved about it, then lent it to a fellow viet vet & I never saw it again. So, another library trip is in order. ~~ D.K.
D.K., I suspect if your a fan, that you'd probably read some Card. We all did. I soured on O.S.C. when he started the Alvin Maker series--moved on to other stuff.