The Arts Meme...

...or "Damn! Do I sound pretentious, or what?!"

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.


I'm with you on Helen Mirren...Mr. Sumo and I have always liked her since we first saw her in a Peter Sellars movie (don't remember name now) and she sang "Daddy wouldn't buy me a bow wow"...and then there was "Caligula"...woo hoo!
it's GOTTA be dogma. :) I absolutely *LOVE* that movie. :) hehehe.

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... :)
Great answers. Ever see the late '60s British version of Midsummer Night's Dream, with a very young Helen Mirren (also Diana Rigg, Judi Dench, Ian Holm, and a host of others)?
Ilanna beat me on Dogma. That is a great line, so well set up too.

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.
Right you are Ilanna, SA...it's Dogma, the movie that spawned more good lines than just about film I can think of. "Doesn't it just...POP! Buddy Christ."

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...
Book I recommend: The Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

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.
D.K., Joan Jeanrenaud, the cellist you're referring to, left Kronos in 1999 after playing with them since 1978. It was quite a loss in my opinion, but her replacement cellist Jeff Zeigler is very...very good.

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.
Oh, the Arts. My favorite. I'm doing it here without being tagged! Goody.

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.
Oh well now Kvatch if I gotta read TWO books ... actually, they are starting to sound familiar. I've been reading SF since early-60's. Used to go through them like candy, so I tend to forget the NAMEs of the novels. I'll check them out at our library for a read/re-read.

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.
Diva...like your answers! Thanks for responding.

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.

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