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    I like books, and philosophizing, and procrastinating, and sour candy.

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    College Student/Retail-Wage-Slave-for-Hire
  • Favorite movies
    The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Lord of the Rings, Before Sunrise, Groundhog Day, Back to the Future.
  • Favorite music
    U2, Bob Dylan, Sufjan Stevens, The Pogues. New Wave. Early Punk. Folk. Hymns. Spirituals.
  • Favorite creative writing
    Shakespeare, Tolkien, Donne, C.S. Lewis, Blue Like Jazz, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
  • Favorite visual art
    Turner, Edvard Munch, Edward Gorey.
  1. That is so true. I must have given that book a go at least three time between the ages of thirteen and fifteen, and I could never make it past the first London chapter. If only someone had told me, and my teachers, that just because a classic novel has a young hero, it doesn't necessarily mean the ideal audience is a young reader. An excellent observation. It's truly a testament to how much the reader brings to the equation of reading--the book stays the same, but the experience is different every time. Hehe, funnily enough, it was your namesake who gave me more trouble than anyone wh
  2. A Tale of Two Cities. I don't know why, but I've been on a Victoriana kick lately. This means, among other things, that I'm finally getting around to some essential Dickens. This is my second Dickens novel after Oliver Twist (flawed, but enjoyable). I'm enjoying this quite a bit so far: sprawling, human, dryly funny, and melodramatic in a way that reminds you why melodrama was ever appealling. The Innocence of Father Brown. Made me realize once again that I'm not so keen on the Murder Mystery as a genre. But, heesh. Chesterton can write.
  3. I like how they seem to be following the naming template for Blackadder. Otherwise... I got nuthin'.
  4. Hm... mystical institution who've survived into the post-WWII world; whom Hollywood is more than comfortable with turning into cartoon villains? I hope the Catholic Church is ready for its closeup. And as if there wasn't already enough reason to fear this would be a dreary Da Vinci Code ripoff.
  5. , so that would work. Ooh! That's interesting. Very interesting. And perhaps the are ? I think I have a new pet theory.
  6. Personally, my first thought when reading the title was of the . I always expected that Rowling would return there eventually. At any rate, I like the title. It seems spooky and evocative and the natural culmination of where the last couple of books have seemed to be heading. Okay, I can actually sort of buy as a Christ figure (assuming , which I do)--at any rate, it's no more farfetched than Sirius Black as Christ figure. But I really don't understand how Granger gets a metaphor for Christ out of the Chamber of Secrets--it's basically just the bad guy's Fortress of Doom, no? At a
  7. So, uh, did this: raise a WTF? from from anyone else? I guess he's trying to distance himself from the threat of association with conservativism or pro-Americanism, and maybe emphasize what a provocative guy Jesus is, but still, seriously. WTF?
  8. Well since Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is on my "favorite writing" list, I better add my two cents. I think I'm with Ebert on this one. The transfer between mediums just doesn't work for me, and I'm not sure it could have worked. Aside from the points about the camera's "eye" that Ebert makes, I think the main problem is that there is no equivalent of the "empty stage" in film, and the empty stage was crucial to this play. To have the early scenes transplanted to a forest where Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are actually travelling and doing something and interacting with a world th
  9. I also adored "Come thou Fount." It and "Amazing Grace" (a song that never truly moved me before I heard Sufjan's rendition of it) were my favorites on the original three Christmas albums. Ironic, since neither are Christmas songs! Also, I haven't heard it yet, but I'm already in love with "Get Behind Me, Santa."
  10. Heh. You've got a real gift of foresight there, Peter.
  11. I'm signed up. And I'm almost certain I'm going to fail--I've only written 1,700 words in the past three days and I'm already running out of steam. But, hey, it's good practice for next year, what?
  12. I can't be the only one who needs to watch a film to get into the Halloween spirit. (And I can't be the only one who loves to get into the Halloween spirit.) I tend to think spooky and fun--or just plain funny-- films capture the true mood of Halloween better than horror does, and so my preferences tend to run toward the silly stuff like Young Frankenstein, Army of Darkness, or Nightmare Before Christmas. And even though it's not film, I'm extremely fond of the early "Treehouse of Horror" Simpsons episodes. (Probably a little too fond--I'm pretty sure I can quote the entire paordy of The Shi
  13. This is all well and good, folks, but it seems you've forgotten that even though you might have rockhard abs and chiseled features, it doesn't mean you too can't not die in a freak gasoline fight accident.
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