||[28 Jun 2005|01:55am]
you mean no one voted for a Samuel Fuller film?
|what I said
||[01 Jun 2005|12:43pm]
Good grief. They at least deserve credit for mainly selecting (excepting the Hitler and Mao books) books that are philosophically strong enough to actually give neo-conservatives the fears, and not merely attack, for instance, Harry Potter because it's popular. The runners-up list is chock full of Darwin, Nietzsche, Foucault, et al. Looks like I should take a peek at the work of Auguste Comte.
Of particular note is their stance on #5, held up against that 1960s list of top 40 books I listed last week.
||[26 May 2005|07:49pm]
I'm in the middle of editing my friend Sara's wedding ceremony -- or, I should say, I was until I found out that iMovie is absolutely, impossibly user-friendly (read: impossible) to actually "edit" with -- and snapped this screencap of myself in rare dressed-up mode, reading a Shakespeare sonnet that I'm fairly positive was written in celebration of some strapping young aspiring male actor moonlighting at a gay tavern in Stratford-upon-Avon, thinking to myself what might have been if only Sara had actually been Sal Mineo or Anthony Perkins instead of merely idolizing them...
( no marriage for this bitch.Collapse )
EDIT: I gave up on iMovie. I will be using Final Cut Pro once I can figure out why I'm not hearing any audio from my clips on the program.
||[26 May 2005|05:10pm]
I came across a list from my mother's saved school papers that I saved for myself back in junior high, when I attempted to read every great novel ever written simultaneously. I imagine it was compiled in the late '60s, and I present it now to illustrate mainly one thing. First the contents of the page.
Books of Significance -- The Top Forty
Nearly 1000 excellent English students, all seniors from all over the nation, were asked by the NCTE to indicate the single book that they felt had the most significant influence on them. Here are the top forty choices; the title at the top of the list was mentioned most often, and the others are listed in descending order.
The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)
The Ugly American (Burdick and Lederer)
Look Homeward, Angel (Wolfe)
Of Human Bondage (Maugham)
Atlas Shrugged (Rand)
Gone with the Wind (Mitchell)
The Prophet (Gebran)
Cry, the Beloved Country (Paton)
The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevski)
Advise and Consent (Drury)
Moby Dick (Melville)
Brave New World (Huxley)
Dr. Zhivago (Pasternak)
The Fountainhead (Rand)
The Return of the Native (Hardy)
A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
Lord of the Flies (Golding)
The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck)
Animal Farm (Orwell)
Les Miserables (Hugo)
Franny and Zooey (Salinger)
Jane Eyre (Bronte)
Pride and Prejudice (Austen)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
The Bridge of San Luis Rey (Wilder)
The Forsyte Saga (Galsworthy)
Pilgrim's Progress (Bunyan)
The Razor's Edge (Maugham)
You Can't Go Home Again (Wolfe)
The Magic Mountain (Mann)
The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
Wind, San and Stars (Saint-Exupery)
Can you guess what might be the biggest difference between this list and a hypothetical list compiled in the same fashion now?
|As per a request...
||[19 Mar 2005|02:03pm]
A random, anonymous poster (who I am fairly sure I know the identity of regardless) left a note requesting a photo of me that's not all LJ coy and obfuscatorily framed. As a sort of "fuck that," here's a photo I took of myself last night, while sick and pissed off at work and attempting to find a moment of solace in a teeny room with a blazing red heat lamp to dull my pounding headache. I give you my badass, scowling mug. Don't mess with me in the bar back alley. I will cut you.
( for your viewing pain...Collapse )
||[22 Dec 2004|06:48pm]
So, the Village Voice critics poll ended up not being published this week as I expected, so I got a little bit of list withdrawal. For the hell of it, I pared down my current list of film "masterpieces" down to 100 films (which I haven't done for some time). I left one slot blank for one of two reasons (your choice): a) I put both parts of Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible into one single slot, or b) I am about to finish Feuillad's Les Vampires and can't imagine what sort of massive fuck-up in the last few chapters would have to occur before I'd be unwilling to include it in the chosen hundred.
( the list is in a condition of livingCollapse )
Acknowledged "problems"/"limitations" of the list (in other words, "yeah, I know, so don't even mention it, ok?"): too America-centric, too auteurist-canonical in influence, overwhelmingly comprised of films I've seen quite recently (this is almost always the case, though; I'm not too worried about it).
NOTE: Edited on 12.30.04 to remove Les Vampires from the list because I claimed that it wasn't on there. Now there should be 99 titles on the list, with the hundredth pending finishing Les Vampires or deciding whether or not Hold Me While I'm Naked merits a mentch.
NOTE #2: This list has been updated. The new, less reverent 100 can be found here.